Posted by Staff on May 30th, 2016 @ 5:52 pm
With the French Open backed-up due to a complete washout Monday, the Tuesday schedule is packed with tournament favorites Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams.
Djokovic will test Roberto Bautista Agut in a rematch of an easy win for the Serb in Madrid. Djokovic and the other seven players on the top half are right now scheduled to play four best-of-5 set matches in six days through Sunday’s …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 30th, 2016 @ 4:31 pm
Give him credit, Milos Raonic is doing everything he possibly can to become the best tennis player he can be. The Canadian began the year hiring former No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Carlos Moya. And now, he’s added John McEnroe to the team as he heads to Wimbledon.
“It’s a great honour and there’s a lot I want to achieve,” said Raonic. “I’m maybe far from it today, but I …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 30th, 2016 @ 4:15 pm
With continued talk of the Zika virus, even Novak Djokovic is starting to worry a little. While he thinks cancelling the Olympics if far-fetched, he is taking a wait-and-see approach, though for now he’s intent on playing.
“Somebody has passed me the information that a significant amount of scientists have come up with a statement that it’s not safe,” Djokovic said on Saturday after a late win over Aljaz Bedene.
“Honestly, I …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 30th, 2016 @ 4:04 pm
This year the ATP has pulled ranking points from the upcoming Rio Olympics games. Since entries are based on country rankings, players with few players from their homeland will get in and receive points over those from deep countries like France who can’t get in. So the ATP decided to take away the points, and the reaction has been mixed.
Defending champion Andy Murray doesn’t really care that points won’t be …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 30th, 2016 @ 3:46 pm
During his win yesterday over Viktor Troicki, defending champion Stan Wawrinka found a good way to stay loose while the Serb was undergoing treatment for a hip injury. He decided to hit with the ball boy!
Kid's got game! To avoid getting cold during Troicki's medical TO, Wawrinka recruits ballkid to help him stay loose. https://t.co/KgUAZVOwg0
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 29, 2016
Posted by Staff on May 30th, 2016 @ 8:24 am
Fourth round play Monday at the French Open has already been cancelled, the tournament announced at 7:45am ET (1:45pm local).
The full day cancellation is the first since Tuesday, May 30, 2000 when the tournament lost the entire day due to rain.
Matches today have been postponed which will compress the schedule. Men were slated to complete their fourth today, and that will mean top half players like Novak Djokovic will have …
Posted by Staff on May 30th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
Unseeded American Shelby Rogers apparently cannot be stopped at the French Open, on Sunday upsetting No. 25 seed Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4, and trademark-edly bursting into tears at the end of the match as she has done in previous rounds.
“I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone already, and I keep telling myself, you belong here,” Rogers said.
Rogers is a year older than the 22-year-old Garbine Muguruza, who she faces next.
Posted by Staff on May 29th, 2016 @ 7:11 pm
Who is this Richard Gasquet and what’s he done with the old one?
The French wunderkind who never panned out as an adult bloomed late — specifically on Sunday at Roland Garros — advancing to his first French Open quarterfinals in 13 tries after a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 upset over No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori.
Gasquet said he benefited from a rain delay in the first set and subsequent change of …
Posted by Staff on May 28th, 2016 @ 5:43 pm
It was a banner day for U.S. women’s tennis, which went 3-0 on Saturday at the French Open as Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys moved into the fourth round. But it was not without its struggles.
The world No. 1 Serena Williams could not find her game yet muddled through a 6-4, 7-6(10) win over No. 26-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.
“I feel like I made a tremendous amount of errors,” …
Posted by Staff on May 28th, 2016 @ 4:55 pm
Top 10 seeds Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych moved into the fourth round on Saturday at the French Open, while a tearful No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw his Roland Garros campaign ended by injury.
The top-seeded Djokovic played like a man late for dinner and beat the darkness as the last match on with a surgical 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Brit Aljaz Bedene, while the No. 7-seeded Berdych came …
Posted by Staff on May 27th, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
The women’s tour made another unscheduled stop in Upset Town on Friday when a former Slam champ and two Top 20 seeds were beaten in third-round action at the French Open.
Unseeded American Shelby Rogers toppled sleep-deprived No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova by the lopsided score of 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0.
“I felt just weird. I didn’t really sleep last night and it’s just difficult day today,” Kvitova said. “I was feeling very …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 27th, 2016 @ 4:20 pm
John McEnroe was on Eurosport this evening taping a segment for the “Game Set Mats” show with Mats Wilander. And on the show, McEnroe revealed that he will be on the coaching team for Milos Raonic at Wimbledon as a consultant.
Raonic, who is currently with Carlos Moya, hasn’t commented on this acquisition. And what of Moya? Will he be let go after the clay swing?
Raonic won easily today over …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 27th, 2016 @ 4:12 pm
She didn’t win the match. but Czech Barbora Strycova won this terrific, leg-splitting point today against Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round at the French Open.
WUT just happened?! Ninjas unite on Lenglen. #RG16 https://t.co/X0WTf1a3NA
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 27, 2016
Posted by Staff on May 27th, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
All Top 10 seeds in action punched through, and mouth-watering fourth-rounders such as Kei Nishikori vs. Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray vs. John Isner were realized on Friday at the French Open.
The No. 2-seeded Murray took a respite from five-set matches on Friday, defeating No. 27 seed “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Murray said he was happy to close it out in a third-set tiebreak and improve to 7-0 career …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 27th, 2016 @ 3:58 pm
Following his stunning withdrawal from the French Open due to a left injury, Rafael Nadal went to facebook to post this message to his fans:
“Today is one of the toughest days. Having to withdraw from arguably the most important tournament of my career, a tournament that I love so much. I will be back in Roland Garros in the next years and hope to keep having chances in the …