There was a frightening moment at the French Open on Tuesday when a metal sheet collapsed in the stands and injured a fan, halting the match between Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Spectators took to social media to post images of the spiked metal sheet, which are kept in stands to keep prevent birds from lingering, in the aftermath of its collapse.
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Wondered what Jo was staring at. Who broke the stadium? pic.twitter.com/3W2tBep1pI
— Steph (@StephintheUS) June 2, 2015
More images from the scenes at Roland Garros today. pic.twitter.com/boKQWLD3zX
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) June 2, 2015
The man who was injured, thankfully only cut on his arm. He was led away by medics, waving at fans. Still, one person at the scene noted that there was a lot of blood and that the injury was sustained while the man was covering his head.
I’m told by fans that there was a “lot of blood.” & that a man who went to cover his head was hit in arm. “It’s a bad injury,” a woman says — Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) June 2, 2015
The participants, Nishikori and Tsonga, were sent back to the locker rooms for about half an hour before being allowed to return to play.
Tsonga currently leads by two sets to love.
The Frenchman ‘s best performance at his home Grand Slam to date came in 2013 when he reached the semi-finals.