Roland Garros Day 2: Links Roundup with Monfils, Ivanovic, Stakhovsky, Kyrgios and more
Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court.
- Shot of the day: Gael Monfils’ surprise win over world No. 6 Tomas Berdych has been the result of the tournament so far. His four-hour, 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-7(4), 7-5 win had the Parisian crowd on their feet, and commentators and fans alike dropping their jaws at the athleticism of both players, particularly the Frenchman.
- Li Na’s first round victory clouded by chaotic officiating: Serving a set down and 4-4 30-40 in the second set, Na’s opponent, Annabel Medina Garrigues hit a backhand down the line which was initially called out, overruled by umpire Louise Engzell, and then as Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times reports, “Engzell pivoted to face Medina Garrigues and told her she would lose the point because she softly said ‘no’ constituting hindrance” after Na argued with Engzell over the call. Medina Garrigues conceded the point and engaged Engzell in a lengthy debate over the hindrance rule on the changeover before losing the final game of the match. Oh, and she brought up Maria Sharapova’s grunting. Of course.
- Sergiy Stakhovsky moonlights as tennis’s newest photojournalist: Sergiy Stakhovsky was visibly frustrated over an out call in the first set of his opening match with Richard Gasquet so much so, that he took a picture of the mark in question and posted it for the twitter world to see. As Courtney Nguyen of Sports Illustrated points out, Stakhovsky’s photography prowess has precedent as the Ukranian took a photo of a disputed call several weeks ago also in Munich. Will this become a monthly occurrence by the Ukranian?
- Zuzana Kucova’s Cinderella story marches on: A miraculous, must read story by USA Today’s Douglas Robson about 30-year-old, unranked Zuzana Kucova whose “goodbye tour” marched on today as she took out No. 24 seed Julia Goerges in straight sets.
- Nicolas Almagro goes deep: In this edition of Road to Roland Garros, the third ranked Spaniard discusses his love life, on court rituals, and his plans for the future.
- John Tomic banned for good: Despite the International Tennis Federation permitting Bernard Tomic’s father from entering the French Open as paying spectator after he assaulted Bernard’s hitting partner in Madrid, the French Open organizers, as ESPN reports, “will not let Bernard Tomic’s father into Roland Garros, even as paying spectator.”
- Ana Ivanovic tells all: In an interview with the Roland Garros Quotidien daily magazine, the Serbian discussed her favorite music, what she looks for in guys, her biggest flaws, and much more. When asked what she wants to be remembered for, Ivanovic responded:
“That I was an honest person, that I always tried to look for the silver lining. And I hope people will say that I was a great tennis player, even if there are more important things in life.”
- Andy Murray does the WTA: At a time when Andy Murray’s greatest foes are clashing for a French Open crown, the sidelined Scot has turned his attention to the WTA. Murray clearly tuned in for the epic Venus Williams-Urszula Radwanska, commending the younger Radwanska on her fantastic lobs via Twitter.
- Laura Robson fails to impress: After a hotly-anticipated matchup, the British teenager was ousted in the opening round by Caroline Wozniacki. Peter Bodo of Tennis.Com was unimpressed with the lack of form and strategy Robson brought to the court against the struggling Dane criticizing Robson for “her catalog of transgressions including an erratic forehand, an ineffective and unsteady backhand, an unwillingness to attack.”
- American women flying high: Though Americans are usually not known for their clay court skills, the American woman had a stellar day at the French Open, going 6-1 on the day including wins by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Melanie Oudin, who ousted 28th-seeded Tamira Paszek in straight sets. Lauren Davis, Coco Vandeweghe, and Jamie Hampton hope to repeat the success the American women had Monday as they take to the court for their opening round matches tomorrow.
- Junior World No. 1 upsets Radek Stepanek: In his Slam debut, 18-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios took out 34-year-old veteran Radek Stepanek in three tiebreaks. Stepanek applauded his younger adversary following the match:
“When you’re good in the juniors, it doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be good in men’s tennis,” Stepanek said. “But definitely he has some talent. He’s serving big and if he keeps working hard, he definitely has a chance.”
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