Wawrinka and Koepfer were playing at Suzanne Lenglen when they heard a noise that made everyone think that a bomb had exploded. The same thing happened to Svitolina at the Phillippe Chatrier. What happened?
The morning seemed very calm in Paris, as Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Dominic Koepfer of Germany played their match for the second round at Roland Garros. But everything changed when a loud crash was felt, similar to an explosion, which left everyone stunned and forced the players to stop the game for several seconds.
The noise was so loud that it was heard in much of the French capital. Parisians, fearful of a new terrorist attack, began to upload videos and photos of the moment on Twitter. As a sign of the feeling of fear, the reaction of the tennis players was recorded, who looked at each other with faces of concern and bewilderment. The situation went viral on social media.
On the Suzanne Lenglen court, the second-largest stadium in the tournament, Koepfer stopped short as he was about to serve, shaken by the din. He lowered his shoulders and glanced at Wawrinka, who also reacted in amazement before the action continued. The Swiss, winner in the French brick dust in 2015, finally won 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1.
Elina Svitolina, who was playing against Mexican Renata Zarazúa on the Philippe Chatrier court, the largest stadium in the tournament, shared her feelings when she heard the noise. “It worried me a little because I thought something bad had happened. I looked at the chair umpire, and he was also a little shocked. You never know what can happen today. It was very strange, a very loud noise, as they left drop something big ”, “Ukrainian Svitolina said after her victory in three sets.
Before the cause of the noise was known, panic briefly spread at the Roland Garros complex in western Paris. Police gave instructions to cordon off the area, possibly to evacuate people.
Several security officers were even seen running down Boulevard d’Auteuil, the avenue leading to one of the main entrances, shouting into their portable radios.
Everything returned to normal, minutes later, when the Paris Police communicated on their social networks what had really happened: the shocking noise was due to the entrance of a military plane that had crossed the sound barrier.
Immediately, the authorities of the security force in the French capital asked the citizens not to get upset, since fortunately no explosion had occurred.