Posted by Staff on May 23rd, 2016 @ 12:01 am
Only five women’s matches were completed amidst the rains in Paris on Sunday, with three seeds advancing into the second round.
Seeded winners were No. 10 Petra Kvitova surviving a three-set encounter with Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, No. 11 Lucie Safarova rolling Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-2, and No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stomping Spain’s Sara Sorribes 6-2, 6-0.
“It’s nice to have the match finished,” Safarova said. “Obviously now I …
Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2016 @ 11:53 pm
Rain saw only five men’s matches completed on opening day Sunday at the French Open. And since Nick Kyrgios was playing, you know there were fireworks.
Two seeds advanced when No. 19 Benoit Paire outlasted Moldovian Radu Albot 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and the No. 17 seed Kyrgios topped Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 6-4.
“When I woke up this morning and saw the rain I knew it was going to …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2016 @ 5:43 pm
Former French Open great Gustavo Kuerten and Novak Djokovic shared a laugh in these two new spots from Peugeot which is the official car of the event.
The fun didn’t stop there. Or hair.
Congrats my passenger @DjokerNole!!! U looking sharp with new hair style!!! #happybirthday #djokinho pic.twitter.com/nt0KJEmZYV
— Gustavo Kuerten (@gugakuerten) May 22, …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2016 @ 5:32 pm
Fresh off a confidence-boosting title in Geneva Saturday, Stan Wawrinka arrived as defending champion at the French Open. And he’s feeling better thanks to the title in Switzerland despite having to play on Monday.
“So I’m happy to have won,” Wawrinka said Sunday. “This is something that was important for me. It’s always been a dream for me to have a trophy in Switzerland. I took some big confidence by winning …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2016 @ 5:22 pm
Before his pressure-packed attempt to finally win a French Open, Novak Djokovic took some time on site to celebrate his 29th birthday which was Sunday.
Tournament head and former player Guy Forget had Djokovic cut the cake – did he take a bite at least? – and then gave the world No. 1 a special French Open towel which Djokovic said son Stefan might use it for a pillow.
Djokovic begins his …
Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2016 @ 5:45 am
The French Open begins Sunday with a 16-match schedule featuring former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and recent finalists Lucie Safarova and Simona Halep.
Two-time Wimbledon champion and former semifinalist Petra Kvitova is also in action.
The men are led by Top 10ers Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic along with Nick Kyrgios, John Isner and Grigor Dimitrov who faces Viktor Troicki in the match of the day.
Rain, though, is going to be factor …
Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2016 @ 12:21 am
Caroline Garcia and Kiki Bertens claimed some mojo by winning claycourt titles entering Roland Garros on Saturday.
Bertens, a qualifier, won the WTA title in Nurnberg, her second career title, defeating Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2.
“I was serving good and going for my shots,” Bertens said. “I had really good length to my shots and so she couldn’t do much from the baseline.”
Both of Bertens’ titles have come as a qualifier after …
Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2016 @ 11:19 pm
Dominic “The Thiem Machine” Thiem sent out a Roland Garros warning shot on Saturday, defeating Alex Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 for the ATP Nice title.
The two up-and-comers, part of the ATP’s crappy #NextGen campaign, which is apparently a step up from “New Balls,” battled for two sets before Zverev’s #NextGen autoobile ran out of gas as Thiem baked a third-set bagel.
Now it’s a matter of whether Thiem can recover for …
Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2016 @ 10:58 pm
Stan remains The Man going into the French Open.
The defending Roland Garros holder won his first title in his home Switzerland on Saturday, beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) for the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open title on the red dirt.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments,” Wawrinka said. “To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 4:41 pm
Ahead of her third attempt to catch Steffi Graf and reach the 22 Grand Slam mark, Serena Williams is low key in her title defense. The 34-year-old ended a 9-month title drought winning Rome last week, so that certainly helped in making her feel that much better as she begins her title defense.
“Five, ten years ago I was defending and feeling that pressure,” Serena said. “Now I don’t have anything …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:49 pm
Victoria Azarenka is among the favorites to win the French Open after Serena Williams. But the Belarussian has only made the French Open semifinals once, and she admits clay she struggles on the clay.
“(It is) the most challenging just because of the specific movement that you have to adapt on the clay,” Azarenka said. “The sliding that I don’t use on the hard courts where I’m able to go with …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:34 pm
Rafael Nadal is back at his favorite tournament of the year. Despite his recent struggles, Nadal still says he finds the confidence at Roland Garros where he’s won 9 times and sports a 70-2 record.
“It’s true that I had a lot of success here and it’s true that I like the tournament,” Nadal said Friday at the French Open. “It feel a little bit like home because I have a …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:12 pm
It’s finally here. The French Open. And for Novak Djokovic it’s another chance at the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet and the one title that’s keeping him out of the GOAT conversation.
Djokovic has eyed the event ever since he lost in the final a year ago to Stan Wawrinka. So is he feeling the pressure? He says, no.
“I feel excited to participate in this year’s Roland Garros,” …
Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 20th, 2016 @ 12:04 pm
If world No. 1 Serena Williams is going to retain her French Open title she may need a little help from the upset gods.
Williams didn’t climb to favorites status until last week winning the Rome title on red clay, her first title of the year after failing to close the deal in two previous finals.
“Four tournaments, three finals isn’t bad for everyone else, I think,” Serena spun her year thus …
Posted by Sean Randall on May 20th, 2016 @ 10:04 am
The draw is out! With Roger Federer not playing and Rafael Nadal assured of avoiding Novak Djokovic, there was little in the way of pure drama today, but the top two seeds have to be happy with the way things turned out. Djokovic and Andy Murray have never won the French Open, but this could as good of a chance as they will ever have. They gotta like their draws. …