Roland Garros Day 4: Links Roundup with Tipsarevic, Williams, Dimitrov, Bartoli and more

Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the RG Lab

Shot of the Day: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets today, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3, and later the Frenchman showed off his colorful mask, part of the “Tournoi des Masques” activity at RG Lab where kids can design their own “Turbo Ten” cartoon mask.

Jamie Hampton’s preferences on and off the court revealed:  23-year-old Jamie Hampton, who scored a monumental victory over No. 25 seed Lucie Safarova in her opening round match (9-7 in the third set), chatted with Sports Illustrated about her piano playing past, her adoration for chocolate, what she would do if she was in charge of the WTA and much more.

Grigor Dimitrov and Jelena Jankovic put their tennis knowledge to the test:   In this Roland Garros Quiz, Grigor Dimitrov and Jelena Jankovic are asked about the 1989 French Open, Andre Agassi’s French Open results, Nadal’s first Roland Garros crown and more.  Check it out and see how much you know, and watch the hilarity ensue!

Tipsy Time returns:  In this latest edition of Tipsy Time where Janko Tipsarevic takes you through part of his day during a grand slam, we find out the secret behind the Hawkeye system.  In addition, Tipsarevic and Benoit Paire, who Janko calls a “crazy and great upcoming player,” take to the court for a practice match on Suzanne Lenglen.

Never a dull moment for Gael Monfils:  After winning the third-set tiebreak in his highly entertaining second round clash with Ernests Gulbis, Monfils became bored waiting for Gulbis to come back from the bathroom.  To combat his boredom, as Sports Illustrated reports, the Frenchman requested that he take his Iphone out to film the crowd doing the wave.

“I asked the chair umpire, am I allowed to tape the wave?” said Monfils who got the go-ahead from the umpire. “So I said, OK I would tape it quick.”

“I didn’t see him, but I really don’t care what he was doing with his phone or with the crowd,” Gulbis said.

Azarenka finally takes to the court:  When most players usually complete their first round matches during grand slams within the first two days of scheduled play, Victoria Azarenka had to wait until the fourth day of play to face Elena Vesnina in their opening round bout.   Asked what she did with all her free time, Azarenka told ESPN “I was just really chilling the whole day, watching ‘The Voice’” she said.  “It was incredible.  I was so entertained.”

Serena Williams, Roger Federer dealing with different expectations:  As Kamakshi Tandon of ESPN points out, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are both 31 and are both looking for a second French Open title.  But whereas “Williams is the favorite to win the women’s title” Federer’s form coming in to Roland Garros understandably makes him “kind of an afterthought in Paris” but his favorable draw is certainly increasing the chatter around the possibility of the Swiss reclaiming glory on the terre battue.

Bartoli reflects on epic victory:  After her seemingly endless albeit thrilling three hour and 12 minute first match with Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, Marion Bartoli felt extremely confident about her mental and physical state moving forward for the rest of the tournament.  Bartoli said “Winning a match like this shows I can last for three hours, physically and mentally.”  With this said, the highest seeded Frenchwoman also attributed her victory to luck stating, “I was lucky, and I chased the balls down when I had to” which was complimented by the fact that “the crowd really helped get me through in the end.”

Jack Sock displaying wonderful potential:  After his first round victory over Gulliermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, Jack Sock was given immense praise by Peter Bodo of Tennis.com.  After the match, Bodo wrote, “The future of American tennis is locked up in Jack Sock.”  And to defend himself from those who would say he is being far too prognostic and is jumping to too quick of a conclusion Bodo wrote the following:

“So what’s the big deal, you ask? Doesn’t everyone play a lights out match now and then?”

“Well, yes. But this match generated a different kind of feeling, a special feeling, which is not necessarily a true or accurate analysis of anything.  But its points to a door and challenges you to open it, or become one of those people who end up saying things like, “I knew he’d be great, I just never said anything to anyone about it. But honest, I knew!”