French Open

Wawrinka shrugs off Paris boos

2015-06-06 08:27
Stan Wawrinka (AFP)

Paris - Stan Wawrinka got a hot reception from the Roland Garros faithful on Friday after despatching the last French hope, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the French Open final.

Stepping up for the customary post-match courtside interview, the applause was mooted and there was a chorus of jeers for the victor Wawrinka.

All this was a leftover from the Davis Cup final in Lille last November when Wawrinka and Roger Federer spoiled the French party with a 3-1 win.

Wawrinka defeated Tsonga in the opening match on that occasion, also in four sets

The final was marked by some lively team baiting on both sides and Wawrinka was seen as the loudest voice on the Swiss side.

Asked if he felt let down after playing such a superb match to see off Tsonga, Wawrinka replied: "Well, you know, people were whistling when I was playing against (Frenchman Gilles) Simon on the Lenglen Court and a lot more that for this match today."

"So it's happened to me before. I have the impression that what happened during the Davis Cup last year - as I said before, things maybe had gone too far.

"But I didn't want to harm anybody. I wasn't nasty against anybody. You know it's about joking, saying a few things several months before the final.

"But the crowd will remember, you know. They just remember what I said and not what happened before, vis-a-vis the French players."

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