“Take it out!”  », Nelson Monfort violently taken to task

“Take it out!” », Nelson Monfort violently taken to task

While he was officiating for the last time at Roland-Garros, Nelson Monfort experienced great moments of solitude at Porte d’Auteuil.

It’s the end of an era at Roland-Garros. After no less than 36 years of good and loyal service, Nelson Monfort officiates for the last time at Porte d’Auteuil. At 71, retirement time will come at the end of the year for the emblematic France Télévisions journalist. “It’s probably my last year,” he confirmed at the start of the week at Europe 1.

For the occasion, Laurent Luyat intends to mark the occasion. “I have a little surprise for him on the last day, the day of the final. You will see this before the final, he explained. I found images from the time or from the famous interview with Michael Chang, when he says he thanks Luigi, while he thanks Lord Jesus. Nelson had understood that it was the pizza chef from Porte d’Auteuil. »

Among the extracts chosen by Laurent Luyat will perhaps feature the unforgettable sequence of the 2016 final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. While the two men were in the first set, the Scot had in fact given a resounding rant against Nelson Monfort. After turning towards his box, the Olympic champion blurted out, with a black look. « Get him off the box », supporting his words with a gesture of the racket, and the journalist complied.

Nelson Monfort denies having asked a question to his bench

“There was a little misunderstanding, he explained the next day at the microphone of Canal +. I was sitting on the bench reserved for journalists. There was a Djokovic side and a Murray side. And I didn’t ask his bench a single question. To tell you the truth, I don’t know if he was signaling to me or to the people who were standing in a row… When in doubt, I preferred to leave the place. That didn’t stop him from responding very kindly to me at the end of the match. »

Invited to send a message to Andy Murray, Nelson Monfort defended his role as a lucky charm. “My dear Andy. If I was able to upset you, it was entirely through my unwillingness, you know that well. And in my defense, when I was there, you were leading, he said. So maybe I should have stayed. Maybe I’m a four-leaf clover. Well, it’s more like Ireland, for a Scottish player I don’t know… But I think I’m more of a good luck charm than anything else for the players.”

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