What a day has just unfolded on the world’s most famous red-clay courts and in their French stadium. With three quarterfinalists already defined in the men’s branch, and four in the women’s, the tournament is quickly getting to its highest phase, so here are some of the funniest moments to remember about this Sunday before we leave it behind.
1- Ring around the roses: Roland Garros’ ball boys don’t lack the knack to make us crack up. After the bespectacled kid who showed Fernando Verdasco was to leave his empty bottle, we had the chance to smile thanks to another umbrella-holder.
The young man seemed unsure of where to position himself to protect Roger Federer from the scorching sun and got mentored by the Swiss legend himself. 2- Who's the GOATest? If you were waiting for today’s scores to determine who between Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer has more chances of reaching the French Open’s final, you might find yourself in a doubting position: both have registered the same score to conclude their fourth round passage: 6-2 6-3 6-3.
The coincidence gets even better when knowing that both victories happened over Argentinian players. 3- Getting the numbers right: Sloane Stephens had confessed in her post-third-round-match conference that she didn’t understand the seeding system in tournaments’ draws.
Today, she confirmed her difficulties to assimilate the concept, but charmingly wrapped it all with an “It’s not like the seeds ever hold up at a Slam, so it’s totally irrelevant”. 4- Swimming pool investment: Maybe Roland Garros should really think about adding a swimming pool to its facilities.
Recently, Benoit Paire has dive into the stands, Juan Ignacio Londero right on the clay, and Stefanos Tsitsipas near the net. Bonus: Nick Kyrgios missed the French Open, but he didn’t want to seem to be too far from the action.
By commenting on the press-room-related controversy between Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem, the Australian attracted some attention to him, as well as some users’ interpretation of what bigger issues are to him.
“I'm guessing these serious issues include Novak's celebration,” tweeted DelhiaGerghe, referring to a thread of likes left by Kyrgios on hateful comments about Novak Djokovic’s post match celebration.