Alizé Lim socializing at the French: Adapting to a cold Paris in the bubble
Alize Lim has you covered with social media trends as Roland-Garros rolls on. The first episode saw players adapting to the cold, while sharing their lives within the bubble.
The most noticeable thing on social media among the players for Alizé was the cold weather. It’s a very different Roland-Garros as it was shifted to late September through October, where autumn has kicked in and outdoor tournaments are seldom held in this weather. It has kicked into an extreme with players like Kristina Mladenovic wearing her coat heading into the court, and Serena Williams hitting with a mask and special-made gloves on.
“You can see pictures of them wearing turtlenecks and coats on the way to the court, complaining about the cold and how it’s so unusual.”
— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) September 25, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic still swirling around, the only way the French Open can make it work is to put players in a bubble. With all of them in similar locations, it seemed like the same view of the Eiffel Tower is on an infinite loop on the social platforms of the players.
“All of them are posting the pictures of this view of the Eiffel Tower, which is going to be the only thing they are able to see at Paris this time.”
“Normally, there’s a cutoff for main draw of top 100. Now, there’s a cutoff actually for hotels, with the top 60 staying at the Pullman hotel with the Eiffel Tower view, and the lower ranked players are in another hotel.”
In the bubble, the routine of the players are also deterred, with players actually waiting for each other to get food as they are the only ones in the same hotel. Players are also trying to circumvent the monotonous menu as it’s the same menu for a week. But fret not, French chefs are here to help with delivery into the room.