June 2, 2017 / 5:13 PM / 2 years ago

French Open urged to review court safety after Goffin injury

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2017 Belgium's David Goffin in action during his third round match against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos Reuters / Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French Open organizers came under pressure on Friday to review court safety after Belgian David Goffin tripped and twisted his ankle on a cover at the edge of the playing surface, sustaining an injury that forced him to quit the tournament.

His coach, Thierry Van Cleemput, said that while the 10th seed had not torn ligaments or broken a bone, the injury on Court Suzanne Lenglen, which had put his grasscourt season in doubt, should prompt a review.

“The objective is to have optimal safety for all players on the courts, and ... Roland Garros (staff) have asked themselves all of these questions,” Van Cleemput told a news conference.

“There will be consequences. The decisions will be to have a safer court.”

Roland Garros organizers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem, who would have faced Goffin in the next round had the Belgian come through against Argentine Horacio Zeballos, agreed the cover presented a risk.

“It’s a little bit dangerous that this thing is there,” Thiem told reporters after his third-round win over American Steve Johnson.

“If you are really in defense, then almost everybody goes that far behind the baseline. So maybe they should remove (it).”

Reporting by John Stonestreet, editing by Ed Osmond

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