For those who could not watch the action directly in Paris, or those who did not hang to the Twitter feed all day, here is a quick recap of the most memorable off-score moments at the French Open. Be ready to crack a smile (or several).
1- Doubles trouble: The absence of an alternate team to face Latisha and Hoe-Ching Chan in the women’s doubles competition left a funny mark on the draw. The Taipei native duo is literally registered as having passed to the second round by forfeit of the “Alternates”.
The Chan pair will face Anett Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina for the chance to continue forward.
After years of struggling to reach their first major draw the Alternates twins dramatically ended their Roland Garros.
Among the supporting messages those of the Byes brothers were the most appreciated. https://t.co/uEa3qUXY32 — enrico maria riva (@enricomariariva) May 30, 2019
2- Sunshine despite the loss: Su-Wei Hsieh did not make it past the 6-4 3-6 6-8 battle against Andrea Petkovic, but she surely cheered the crowd with her overall bubbly personality. Sporting a mixed kit (Under Armour, Lululemon, Yonex, Adidas, Nike...
her general varied signature), she grabbed one of the spectators’ phone and pretended to answer a call… at 6-6 during the third set.
By eliminating Hsieh from the draw, Petkovic earned her chance to fight against Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the French Open third round.
3- Big loss, big hug: 5’7’’ Yoshihito Nishioka may not have won the 7-5 4-6 2-6 7-6(5) 2-6 epic clash with 6’6’’-tall Juan Martin del Potro, but the World No. 72 got a hug from his giant adversary at the end.
Oh, and a Japanese bow, which del Potro accompanied with the junction of his hands forward, a gesture used for worship in Japan. The Argentinian might or might not have been aware of the latter fact, but it was a very nice greeting anyway.
Del Potro will next face Aussie Jordan Thompson, who had to struggle past Ivo Karlovic with a 6-3 6-4 6(2)-7 6-3 score.
4- Out of the draw, in for the fun: Even if Victoria Azarenka has not made it to a further phase of the French Open--Naomi Osaka is the wall that kept the Belarus out of the third round--, Vika seems to enjoy her time in France.
Leo is pretty lucky to have such an amazing mom.
By ousting the World No. 43, Osaka has set a wild-haired clash with unseeded Katerina Siniakova in the third round.
5- Keeping a piece of Paris... Literally. This one is not much to laugh about, nobody likes it when great players retire from the tour. Yet, Lucie Safarova does not leave with empty hands: two-time doubles champion at Roland Garros--one of them during which she also finished as singles finalist (2015)--, she was been offered today a chunk of her beloved French Grand Slam.
The Czech said he final farewell to the professional tour after a last doubles match in Paris alongside Dominika Cibulkova.
Bonus: Has Nole paid the bill yet? He seemed quite distressed by the whole breaking-the-gym-floor situation. Could we get an update?
As a result, I wrecked a wooden floor. @rolandgarros please forgive me. Or actually I will pay my dues. Just fyi I left Paris for several days until the investigation is completed.. my participation at RG is maybe under review? 😆🤔🚧