Today I’ve got tickets for court Lenglen. In the first match of the day, 2014 Roland Garros finalist Simona Halep rallied from one set down to beat Naomi Osaka 4-6 6-2 6-3. The view from my seat, row 25: In Roland Garros’ newspaper today, the extraordinary story of Marcel Bernard, who took the singles title […]
No trouble for Andy Murray after two nerve-wracking five-set marathon matches in the previous rounds, as he dispatched Ivo Karlovic 6-1 6-4 7-6 on court Lenglen. A quick start, a dominating second set and a solid third set, and Murray reaches the fourth round where he’ll meet another big-server, John Isner. Karlovic was in danger […]
A solid 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-2 win for Feliciano Lopez over Italian player Thomas Fabbiano, ranked 117. He will next face Victor Estrella Burgos in the second round. With Federer’s Grand Slam appearance streak now over at 65, the longest active run belongs to Feliciano Lopez (57).
A difficult first-round match for the Roland Garros 2010 finalist. She won the first set quite easily 6-2. But lost her serve early in the second set, and the game was stopped by darkness on Monday at 6-2 1-3. Play resumed on Tuesday morning and the Japanese leveled at one set all. Down a break […]
I usually like preparing my day at Roland Garros, and write down the matches I want to watch but more often than not I end up watching different matches than those planned. I had in mind to attend either Coric-Fritz on court 8 or Bouchard-Siegemund on court 16. But given the long long long queues […]
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Former French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said on French TV last March that “it is known that the injury of Rafael Nadal, which lasted seven months, was probably because of a positive control”. Nadal filled a lawsuit against Bachelot last month. Here are a few extracts from l’Equipe Magazine’s interview in which the 9-time Roland […]
Julien Benneteau and Quentin Halys practiced together on court Lenglen on Friday. Benneteau will face recent Rome semifinalist Lucas Pouille in the first round, while Halys will face Hyeon Chung.
Extract from Hard Courts by John Feinstein The person many people were picking to win was the new No.1 – Edberg. he was, without question, the hottest player in the world. In fact, he had not lost a match since the Bruguera debacle in Paris – a streak of twenty-one matches and fou tournaments. He […]
Extract from Hard Courts by John Feinstein Almost without fail, the shocking upsets during the first week of a Grand Slam take place on the men’s side. The top women are just too strong to lose an early round match. The Open began exactly that way: Monica Seles, playing the first match of the tournament, […]
Excerpt of John McEnroe‘s autobiography Serious: “In the second round at the US Open, I destroyed a young Swedish upstart named Stefan Edberg, 6-1 6-0 6-2, then burned a swath through to the semifinals without dropping a set. On what came to be known as Super Saturday, after the three-set men’s 35 year olds division […]
Extract from The Rivals by Johnette Howard: “By the late-August start of the 1983 US Open, Navratilova had won all five of her 1983 encounters with Evert, and eight of their last nine matches overall. The US Open still loomed as the last major title Navratilova had never won despite ten previous tries. If Navratilova […]
Extract from Inside tennis – a season on the pro tour by Peter Bodo and June Harrison The swelling began on Saturday night, shortly after Bjorn Borg mastered Vitas Gerulaitis in the semifinal. It grew like a small bubble of pain beneath the callus on the joint of his right thumb. Borg phoned his New […]
Extract from Inside tennis – a season on the pro tour by Peter Bodo and June Harrison The women’s final is played first, in bright sunshine. Shriver shows no sign of nervousness; although she is broken early in the first set, she hangs on and reaches 3-4. In the next game, when she hits a […]