How can the behind-closed-doors US Open improve its atmosphere?
- 5 September 2020 à 17H34
'It's depressing'"It's just so flat. It's incredible. The US [Open] is well known for the entertainment - to feel so flat, for me it's depressing, actually.
"I would have loved to have background noise. The players can't hear anything - it would just be for the viewers."But she also points out that she doesn't think the lack of atmosphere is affecting players, who are raising their game for the occasion. "You can feel the tension in the players, you can feel they are playing a Grand Slam - but because of the atmosphere it doesn't feel like that," she said. New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg isn't keen on some of the innovations the organisers have tried - like video screens of fans - but appreciates the effort. He too would like a bit of virtual noise, saying: "As a writer, I compare it to punctuation marks in a sentence. You need the crowd to react with an exclamation point of applause."
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