The French crowd has never been my favorite, and today I was reminded of the reason why. During the match between Andy Murray and Gilles Simon, Simon rolled his ankle, needed a MTO, and afterwards was obviously struggling with his movement. So what does any smart opponent of an injured player do? You play to their weaknesses and you......Make. Them. Run. So that is what Murray did, he hit drop shot after drop shot, knowing injured Gilles wouldn't be able to make a play on the ball, and the crowd was not pleased. Every drop shot that Andy successfully implemented received nasty boos and hisses. I get it, he was the last Frenchie standing, but don't think for a second that if they were out there playing, they wouldn't do exactly the same thing. It sucks for the other player, but if you are that injured, then you ARE allowed to retire. (They don't handcuff you to the net and glue your racket to your hand and force you to play. We're not in ancient Rome.) At the end of the match, Andy didn't even do his on-court interview, although he was later quoted as saying this,
I wasn't bothered at all. I was doing what I had to.
Every player on the tour would have done exactly the same thing. I wasn't doing anything wrong.
And even Gilles weighed in on the controversy, and you know what? He agreed with Andy:
You play to win.
Kudos to Gilles for continuing to play and show some fight out there on the court after his injury, and serious kudos to Andy for continuing to play the drop shot in the face of all the negativity. If there is one thing that boy is, it's stubborn.