Novak Djokovic will get an unwanted taste of the fan-free element at Roland Garros as he plays in a Tuesday night match to be staged without spectators.

The French COVID curfew kicks in at 9pm, leaving the top seed to duke it out minus the public on the Chartrier showcourt against Tennys Sandgren.

“I’m a little bit sad that there’s not going to be any crowd,” the Serb said on Monday.

“I didn’t know there was a curfew at 9:00 in the evening here, which is the time when I am supposed to start my match.

“Playing in front of an empty stadium in a Grand Slam will not be fun. hopefully I can win the match and then have an encounter with a crowd in the next round.”

The winner of 18 titles at the majors is not fussed by playing under the lights – in fact he’s keen on the concept.

“I actually have a really good record playing in night sessions in all Grand Slams where we have a night session. So I don’t mind it.”


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