One spectator injured by falling metal sheet at French Open

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

One spectator was slightly injured during the French Open on Tuesday when a piece of metal fell from the scoreboard at Roland Garros's Court Chatrier, according to the Associated Press

Three spectators were originally believed to be injured.

"Three people were taken to the infirmary on site, but it turned out that two of them had nothing wrong," tournament director Gilbert Ysern said at a news conference. "They were released. One of them was a kid, who returned on court because he wanted to support Jo. The third one was transported to hospital for further investigation on his wrist."

The situation delayed the quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for about 30 minutes. Fans eventually returned to their seats, the tournament said in a press release.

Video of the incident shows a long sheet of potential, roughly 15 feet wide, falling from the top of the scoreboard in one corner of the stadium. The sheet, which was covered in spikes to deter birds, appears to have been dislodged by the wind. The video also shows a flag waving stiffly.


Photos of the area where the sheet landed show the stands covered in blood. 

- Dan Gartland

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