PARIS -- I was weaving my way through the noon crowds at Roland Garros, trying to get to the media work room, when I heard the shrieks. They seemed to come from teen girls, sounding high -- pitched, insistent and loud.
I couldn't exactly make out what they were screaming, at first, but I thought it sounded like "Ahhhhnnnnnndddeeee!" Given that Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Jay-Z are in Paris giving concerts, and Beyonce is in tow, too, I was wondering if they could be walking in the mob that was heading toward me.
I saw security people, keeping out the 25 or so screaming girls, and then I figured out who was causing all the commotion: tennis player Andy Murray. He was coming back to the player's locker room, after warming up for his scheduled match today against Richard Gasquet.
He never broke stride, didn't smile and kept a firm grip on the two tennis rackets he pressed to his chest. The fans were begging get Murray to stop, wanting autographs and for him to pose for photos, but he wasn't playing along. The Murray fans had to settle for photos of him passing through the courtyard, and judging by their happy reactions, they were OK with that.
Joanne C. Gerstner is a staff writer with espnW. She is an award-winning sports writer, having covered the Olympics, NBA and college sports. Her work has regularly appeared in the New York Times, USA Today and Detroit News. You can follow her on Twitter @joannecgerstner.