FWOTD #5: jambon-beurre

Sandwich jambon-beurre

I know this website is supposed to be dedicated to tennis, but it’s kinda impossible to talk about France without talking about food, right?
So today’s french word of the day is “jambon-beurre”. Le jambon-beurre (also called “parisien”) is the typical french sandwich. Simple but delicious: just ham, butter and baguette .
French people eat 830 millions jambon-beurre each year, that’s 2.2 millions a day. Bon appétit!

A rainy day at Roland Garros.

Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Flavia Pennetta are all through to third round with straight sets win. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Madrid winner Aravane Rezaï suffer but qualify in 3 sets against respectively Andrea Petkovic and Angélique Kerber.

On the men’s side, no problem for last year’s finalist Robin Soderling who dismantled Taylor Dent 6-0 6-1 6-1.
A good day at the office too for Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Maric Cilic who ease through third round as well.

Frenchman of the day: Gael Monfils
Monfils lead two sets to love in his match against Fabio Fognini but the italian player came back from the brink to level the match at 2 sets all.
Monfils saved 3 match points at 4-5 in the fifth but the match was suspended by night at 5-5.

Gael Monfils

Stat of the day: 4
The number of singles matches suspended by night: Fognini-Monfils, Murray-Chela, Granollers-Baghdatis and Isner-Chiudinelli.

Arnaud Clément vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin:
A pretty boring match between the two French players. Clément wins 6-3.

Arnaud Clément

Edouard Roger-Vasselin

Michael Llodra vs Mardy Fish:
Next, a really entertaining set between hard courts specialists Michael Llodra and Mardy Fish, with spectacular serve and volley play by Llodra.

Mardy Fish and Michael Llodra

Michael Llodra
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5ème set store - Paris

5ème set store - Paris

Back in the days when Agassi was wearing pink lycra bike pants and a wig.
Agassi was then just a “forehand and a haircut” as Ivan Lendl once said. Coached by Florida tennis guru Nick Bolletieri, Agassi was tennis’ enfant terrible, known as much for his look as his explosive game.

Seeded number 3, Agassi had reached the semifinals of both French and US Open in 1988 and US Open again in 1989. In 1990, he defeated Jim Courier and defending champion Michael Chang en route to his first Grand Slam final.

Gomez was the total opposite of Agassi: a 30 year old left handed from Ecuador, he was known for his nice volley touch and science of play on clay. Before 90 French Open, he had never been past the quarterfinals of a major. Beaten three times at this stage of the tournament by Ivan Lendl, Gomez was somewhat relieved by the Czech’ decision to skip Roland Garros to focus on Wimbledon.

Before the final, Agassi said: “Like any good player, the more that’s expected of them, the more they rise to the occasion. I didn’t stay in Paris for two weeks to come in second place”. Unfortunately for him, he did. Agassi was favored and expected to overpower the veteran from Ecuador, but he was overconfident, nervous and probably thinking too much about his wig.

Gomez moved to a career high ranking of 4th following his victory in Paris. He retired in 1993. During his career, he amassed 21 singles titles (mostly on clay) and 33 doubles trophies.

Gomez and Nastase at the Trophée des Légendes, June 2007:

Andres Gomez and Ilie Nastase

And Agassi? He was runner up again in 1991 (lost to Jim Courier). He finally captured the Roland Garros trophy in 1999 after a five set battle against Andrei Medvedev to complete a career Grand Slam.
During his roller coaster career he collected 60 singles titles including 8 Grand Slam titles and one Olympic gold medal.