On its day, best crowd at a slam?

On its day, which crowd is best?

  • AO

  • RG

  • W

  • USO


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#1
I know it hasn't had a lot to work with in recent years due to Rafa's soul-destroying dominance, but I still feel like on its day, the crowd at RG creates the best atmosphere. The people are all dressed in crisp, classy white. The high stadium lined with national flags combined with the clay surface creates a real gladiatorial, collosseum type atmosphere. And the roars from the crowd, in my view, are like no other. Case in point, Fed's match in 2011 vs Djokovic. When I watch the highlights of that and listen to the crowd, it makes me wish that every tennis match could have that kind of atmosphere. It has the class and knowledge of Wimbledon, and yet also the fire and energy of the AO and USO combined. It's as good as it gets for me, anyway.
But what about for you? Which slam has the crowd that creates the best atmosphere in your opinion?
 
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#5
Wimbledon when a Brit is playing
Fair point. I just wish (for this purpose anyway) that the stands on Centre Court were higher up and therefore created more of a deep bowl shape that surrounded the players and made the crowd feel even more raucous when a guy like Murray is playing.

The addition of the fans on Henman Hill though really does add an extra electrifying element to the crowd and overall atmosphere.
 
#6
Overall it is W, unless you have a Brit playing. The AO is there too.

The USO crowd is simply not educated enough or too wild. The USO crowd is the worst. French, well they are too opinionated and they can get very rude. It depends.

I always say the crowd needs to respect all players and learn how to behave. Tennis is not football or soccer. What I really dislike is when they disrupt players.
 
#9
Roland Garros. The bullring was always the best spectator experience at the majors imo. A different experience to Chartrier and Lenglen but the same knowledgeable crowd and a great atmosphere and viewing position. So much history on that court, too. Sadly, it will be gone when FFT renovates.

As far as the crowds best at creating atmosphere for watching on TV a big match on Rod Laver Arena at AO or that ivanisevic vs rafter Wimbledon final when they opened access into centre court to grounds pass holders both create the occasion.
 
#10
AO is the best and well balanced.

Wimbledon crowd can be too quiet unless it’s a Brit playing. There are too many middle class people there who play a lot but don’t watch enough tennis/not passionate with the cheering.

FO can give a great atmosphere but sometimes a bit rowdy/ tendency to boo.

USO...well...Murica....BAD
 
#11
AO. French crowd can be disrespectful to opponents of French players: case in point the time Ferrer beat Tsonga. The crowd was more one sided than anything you ever see at the AO.

AO is usually the most respectful while also creating an electric atmosphere. French is a close second though.
 

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#12
AO. French crowd can be disrespectful to opponents of French players: case in point the time Ferrer beat Tsonga. The crowd was more one sided than anything you ever see at the AO.

AO is usually the most respectful while also creating an electric atmosphere. French is a close second though.
Federer got a lot of cheers that day. Bad example.
Not that I consider it disrespectful anyways. Crowds are free to cheer for whoever they want. The Wimbledon and US open crowds during those Federer 2014 and 2015 matches were embarrassingly one sided in Federer's favor, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The crowd at last years Wimby were all with Nadal during his semi against Djokovic and - again - it's their prerogative. I don't consider it disrespectful.
 
#15
Federer got a lot of cheers that day. Bad example.
Not that I consider it disrespectful anyways. Crowds are free to cheer for whoever they want. The Wimbledon and US open crowds during those Federer 2014 and 2015 matches were embarrassingly one sided in Federer's favor, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The crowd at last years Wimby were all with Nadal during his semi against Djokovic and - again - it's their prerogative. I don't consider it disrespectful.
A. Ferrer not Federer.
B. One sided towards Nadal? Please. The crowd was neutral at W18, if not slightly in Djokovic's favor during the tiebreak and 5th set.
 
#17
Wimbledon (except if there's a brit playing) then AO.

Roland Garros (specially if there's a French playing) and the USO crowds are the most disrespectful in general.
 
#20
French crowd can be disrespectful to opponents of French players: case in point the time Ferrer beat Tsonga. The crowd was more one sided than anything you ever see at the AO.
Agreed. 2017 and their antics in correlation with Mladenovic being a drama queen totally turned me sour. When she finally lost to Bacszinsky (whose name I can NEVER spell) that year I was insanely happy.
 

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Hall of Fame
#21
A. Ferrer not Federer.
B. One sided towards Nadal? Please. The crowd was neutral at W18, if not slightly in Djokovic's favor during the tiebreak and 5th set.
A - my bad. I'd still say that it would make sense for the French player to have the support in his home nation? It's similar to how American players are cheered at the US open.

B-I can't disagree more. I wonder if we were watching different matches. The entire crowd was with Nadal in that 5th set and I remember groans whenever Djokovic won points and remember posting in that match thread how surprised I was at the way the reaction went down. All A matter of perception I guess.
 
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