ROLAND GARROS – It has to be daunting for a little boy to just be pushed out onto a massive stadium court all by himself, unsure of exactly what’s happening and why he’s there.
Luckily for Alexandre, who just turned six, the boys on Court Philippe-Chatrier took great care of him on his big tennis day.
First, chair umpire Pascal Maria took him in hand. Then, players Stan Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini made him feel right at home.
The men are better at this than the women are. The ladies tend to be in their little bubble where they try to pretend their opponent doesn’t even exist. If they could, they’d probably come out for the coin toss with their headphones on.
Extreme focus on the big job
Clearly, someone had told little Alexandre that focusing on the coin was EVERYTHING. So as everyone waited for Wawrinka to get to the net (in the meantime, Maria congratulated Fognini on the birth of his son and inquired after Flavia -– so civilized), he balanced the thing between his thumb and index finger forever as though there was NOTHING that would deter him from his mission.
Mission accomplished. Alexandre then was trundled off as the match got under way, after a job well done.
He might not completely get what he was lucky enough to do on this day. But when he looks at the video later on, he’ll know it was pretty cool.
(Screenshots from France Télévisions)