2015/05/26

Murray, Sharapova Advance as Venus Williams Falls at Roland Garros

(May 24, 2015) Third seed Andy Murray and second seed Maria Sharapova had straight set wins on day two of the French Open, while former finalist and the oldest woman in the draw, 15th seed Venus Williams lost along with four other seeds on Monday in Paris.

Making her 18th appearance in Paris, Venus Williams’ Roland Garros was ended in the first round by American countrywoman Sloane Stephens 7-6(5), 6-1. Stephens became just the second American to ever defeat both Serena and Venus Williams at a major. Stephens beat Serena in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open.

After the loss, Venus declined to speak to media. She did issue a statement which said that Stephens “just played better than me today.”

Williams said that she will be turning her focus to grass-court season.

“I have a little while now between tournaments and so now I’ll just get ready for the grass at Wimbledon.”

She is facing a potential fine for not having a news conference.

“Obviously it’s a tough first round of a Grand Slam,” Stephens said. “So going into it I knew I was going to have to just come out and be really solid and play my tennis. I did that today. That was good.”

“I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean, obviously she’s a great player and a great champion. I knew I was just going to have to get out there and do my best.”

Defending champion Sharapova defeated Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 in her first round match. Sharapova nursing a cough during the match, declined an on-court interview, which lead to spectators booing her as she left the court.

“But it’s just the way it is. I’m getting over it, and hopefully it will pass by soon,” she said.

Andy Murray stretched his unbeaten streak during the clay court season to 11, with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over Argentina’s Facundo Arguello, who reached the main draw as a lucky loser.

The Scot talked about the windy conditions on court.

“I felt like it was difficult. The start was very windy on the court and cold, so it was quite slow conditions. I found it difficult at the beginning. Then I felt, you know, when the wind died down a bit in the second and third set, I felt that the level of tennis was better.”

Besides Venus Williams, four other seeds made exits on Monday including No. 11 Feliciano Lopez who lost to Teymuraz Gabashvili and former Wimbledon finalist No. 14 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 against Annika Beck.

Others who bowed out were No. 30 Adrien Mannarino and No. 22 Barbora Strycova.

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BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Results for May 25

 

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(May 25, 2015) Monday’s results from the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey on 25-31 May. A total of 52 teams from 28 countries are competing in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

 

The BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Due to the increased number of teams wanting to take part, the ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

 

MEN’S WORLD GROUP 2

Pool A

 

THAILAND defeated COLOMBIA 3-0

Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) d. Mauricio Vega (COL) 46 64 63

Suthi Klongrhau (THA) d. Elicier Oquendo (COL) 62 67(7) 76

Suthi Klongrhau/Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) d. Pedro Julio Leon/Mauricio Vega (COL) 64 64

 

Pool B

 

SWITZERLAND defeated TURKEY 3-0

Daniel Dalla Pellegrina (SUI) d. Hakan Gungor (TUR) 61 60

Herbert Josef Keller (SUI) d. Turan Akalin (TUR) 62 63

Daniel Dalla Pellegrina/Yann Jauss (SUI) d. Turan Akalin/Hakan Gungor (TUR) 61 64

 

Pool C

 

GERMANY defeated GREECE 2-1

Sven Hiller (GER) d. Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 61 57 64

Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) d. Stefanos Diamatis (GRE) 61 61

Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) d. Anthony Dittmar/Sven Hiller 60 64

 

Pool D

 

SRI LANKA defeated ITALY 2-1

Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) d. Luca Arca (ITA) 62 63

Fabian Mazzei (ITA) d. Gamini Dissanayake (SRI) 57 63 75

Gamini Dissanayake/Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) d. Luca Arca/Fabian Mazzei (ITA) 63 63

 

 

WOMEN’S WORLD GROUP

 

Pool A

 

SOUTH AFRICA defeated TURKEY 3-0

Mariska Venter (RSA) d. Julide Yildiz (TUR) 61 61

Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) d. Busra Un (TUR) 60 61

Thondalwethu Hlatswayo/Mariska Venter (RSA) d. Busra Un/Julide Yildiz (TUR) 63 64

 

Pool B

 

THAILAND defeated CHILE 2-1

Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) d. Wanitha Inthanin (THA) 62 64

Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Francisca Mardones (CHI) 62 61

Wanitha Inthanin/Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Macarena Cabrillana/Francisca Mardones (CHI) 64 63

 

Pool C

 

FRANCE defeated COLOMBIA 2-1

Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Emmanuelle Morch (FRA) 61 62

Charlotte Famin (FRA) d. Johana Martinez (COL) 61 62

Charlotte Famin/Emmanuelle Morch (FRA) d. Angelica Bernal/Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 62 46 [12-10]

 

Pool D

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 3-0

Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Janel Manns (AUS) 60 61

Emmy Kaiser (USA) d. Sarah Calati (AUS) 61 62

Dana Mathewson/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Sarah Calati/Janel Manns (AUS) 60 61

 

JUNIOR EVENT

 

Pool A

 

NETHERLANDS defeated BELGIUM 3-0

Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Justin Peraux (BEL) 61 62

Mitchel Grauw (NED) d. Jef Vandorpe (BEL) 64 64

Mitchel Graauw/Sam Schroder (NED) d. Justin Peraux/Jef Vandorpe (BEL) 62 62

 

RUSSIA (1) defeated TURKEY 3-0

Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Oguzhan Gunes (TUR) 60 61

Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) d. Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 60 60

Viktoriia Lvova/Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Oguzhan Gunes/Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 60 60

 

Pool B

 

ARGENTINA defeated SWITZERLAND 3-0

Antonella Pralong (ARG) d. Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 60 63

Facundo Palacio (ARG) d. Nalani Buob (SUI) 60 62

Facundo Palacio/Antonella Pralong (ARG) d. Nalani Buob/Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 61 63

 

USA (2) defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-0

Conner Stroud (USA) d. Ruairi Logan (GBR) 60 60

Christopher Herman (USA) d. Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) 60 60

Casey Ratzlaff/Chris Herman (USA) d. Josh Cooper/Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) 62 60

 

QUAD EVENT

 

Pool A

 

JAPAN defeated KOREA 2-1

Shinichi Hirata (JPN) d. Myoung-Sic Nam (KOR) 62 62

Ho-Sang Wang (KOR) d. Shota Kawano (JPN) 64 36 64

Shota Kawano/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Deok-Gy Kim/Ho-Sang Wang (KOR) 60 63

 

USA (1) defeated CANADA 3-0

Nick Taylor (USA) d. Rob Shaw (CAN) 62 62

David Wagner (USA) d. Gary Luker (CAN) 60 60

Nick Taylor/ David Wagner (USA) d. Gary Luker/Rob Shaw (CAN) 63 62

 

Pool B

 

ISRAEL defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1

Itay Erenlib (ISR) d. Bongani Dlamini 60 64

Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Shraga Weinberg (ISR) 26 63 60

Itay Erenlib/Boaz Kramer (ISR) d. Bongani Dlamini/Lucas Sithole (RSA) 36 76(8) [10-4]

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN (2) 2-1

Marco Innocenti (ITA) defeated Anthony Cotterill (GBR) 63 ret.

Jamie Burdekin (GBR) d. Alberto Corradi (ITA) 63 64

Alberto Corradi/Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Jamie Burdekin/James Shaw (GBR) 62 60

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2015 Roland Garros – Day 2 Men’s Preview

Andy Murray with Madrid trophy

Andy Murray

Monday, May 25, 2015 First Round

No. 3 Andy Murray (GBR) v (LL) Facundo Arguello (ARG)

Two-time major winner Andy Murray will be looking to extend his 10-match unbeaten streak on clay this season when he plays Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello on Court Philippe Chatrier. The world No. 3 won the first 2 clay court titles of his career – at Munich and Madrid-1000 – earlier this month.

This is the first meeting between the players.

This is Murray’s eighth Roland Garros appearance. He has lost in the first round in Pais just once before – in his debut in 2006 to Gael Monfils.

For lucky loser Arguello, who is ranked 137th in the world, this will be just his second appearance in the main draw of a major, his first was last year, also at the French Open.

 

 

No. 4 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v (Q) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

Berdych is playing in his 12th straight Roland Garros. Last year here he lost to Ernests Gulbis in the quarterfinals. He has a 17- 11 record at the French Open

 

Berdych’s best result here came in 2010 when he broke through to his first Grand Slam semifinal
(l. Robin Soderling). His best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, before losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.

 

Berdych warmed up for Roland Garros by finishing runner-up at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Djokovic), reaching the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Nadal), and the quarterfinals at Rome-1000 (l. Federer).

 

Lefthanded qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka is making his Roland Garros debut. Nishioka defeated Jan Mertl (CZE) 64 63, Norbert Gombos (SVK) 26 62 86 and Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 62 61 in the 3 rounds of qualifying for this year’s Roland Garros.

 

Nishioka is trying to earn his first Tour-level match-win on clay. He recorded his first Tour-level match-wins earlier this year when he reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Delray Beach losing to Bernard Tomic.

This will be the first head-t-head meeting between both men.

No. 12 Gilles Simon (FRA) v (WC) Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Simon and Pouille go head-to-head in one of 2 all-French clashes in the opening round of the men’s draw – the first time there has been multiple clashes between French players in the first round here since 2011.

Simon and Pouille are 2 of the 14 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the fewest Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw at Roland Garros since 1999, when there were also 14. The fewest Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros is 4 in 2000. This is their first meeting.

Simon is 13-9 at the French open while his opponent is 1-2. This will be Simon’s 10th appearance at Roland Garros and his 36th Grand Slam tournament overall.

Wild card Pouille is attempting to reach the second round here and equal his best Grand Slam result. Last year here as a wild card he lost in the first round to Juan Monaco.
No. 13 Gael Monfils (FRA) v (WC) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Monfils and Roger-Vasselin go head-to-head in one of 2 all-French clashes in the opening round of the men’s draw – the first time there has been multiple clashes between French players in the first round here since 2011.

 

Monfils has a 6-3 win-loss record against fellow Frenchmen at the Grand Slams, while Roger-Vasselin has a 0-4 win-loss record against French players at the majors.

 

Monfils and Roger-Vasselin are 2 of the 14 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the fewest Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw at Roland Garros since 1999, when there were also 14. The fewest Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros is 4 in 2000.

Monfils is 25-9 at Roland Garros while his challenger is 5-6. This is Monfils’ 10th time playing at Roland Garros and his 34th major appearance. His best result in Paris was losing in the 2009 semifinals to Roger Federer.

Roger-Vasselin is making a 7th appearance at Roland Garros and his 24th at a Grand Slam overall. Monfils leads 1-0 in their head-to-head.

Roger-Vasselin is one of 39 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 38 at 2014 Roland Garros.

No. 17 David Goffin (BEL) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

Goffin’s only meeting against Krajinovic came at the Scheveningen Challenger in 2014, won by the Belgian.

Goffin has a 3-3 career record at Roland Garros. Krajinovic is 0-1.

Goffin is bidding for his first win at Roland Garros since 2012. Last year here he lost in the 1st round to Jurgen Melzer. He also lost in the 1st round here in 2013 (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

Goffin is making his 4th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 12th appearance at a Grand Slam event.

 

Goffin’s best Grand Slam performance is a round of 16 finish here in 2012 on his Grand Slam debut. He became the first lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam since countryman Dick Norman reached that stage at 1995 Wimbledon and just the 8th lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era.

Krajinovic is looking for his first Grand Slam match-win today.

Krajinovic is making his 4th appearance at a Grand Slam. He lost in the 1st round at each of his 3 previous majors – as a qualifier at both 2012 Roland Garros and the 2014 US Open
and as a direct acceptance at the 2015 Australian Open. He has attempted to qualify for the majors on 8 occasions, including unsuccessfully here in 2014.


No. 28 Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Tatsuma Ito (JPN)

This is will be their first head-to-head meeting.

Fognini’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals in Paris in 2011 before giving a walkover to Novak Djokovic with a left thigh strain. He was the first Italian man to reach the last 8 at a major since Davide Sanguinetti at 1998 Wimbledon and he was the first player to give a walkover in the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since Stefan Edberg at the 1989 Australian Open. He has a 4-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 9-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

On clay in 2015, Fognini finished runner-up at Rio de Janeiro. He defeated Rafael Nadal in the last 4 to end the Spaniard’s 52-match win-streak in Tour-level semifinals on clay. He also reached the quarterfinals at Sao Paulo and Barcelona the 3rd round at Rome-1000 and the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000, Munich and Madrid-1000. He also fell in the 2nd round at Buenos Aires after receiving a 1st round bye.

 

Ito is bidding to reach the second round at the French Open for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

Ito is trying to earn his first Tour-level match-win on clay since May 2012, when he defeated Radek Stepanek at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf. This is his first Tour-level appearance on clay since April 2013. He has a 4-8 Tour-level win-loss record on clay overall.

 

Ito’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the second round at the Australian Open as a wild card in 2012 (l. Nicolas Mahut) and as a direct acceptance in 2013 (l. Marcos Baghdatis), and as a qualifier at the 2014 US Open (l. Feliciano Lopez).

Fognini is 12-6 at Roland Garros while his opponent is 0-1.
No. 30 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Mannarino and Melzer are 2 of the 18 lefthanders to start in this year’s men’s main draw. Rafael Nadal is the only lefthander to win the Roland Garros title since Thomas Muster in 1995.

Mannarino is 1-6 at the French Open while Melzer in 15-12. Mannarino is looking to reach the second round at Roland Garros and equal his best performance there. Last year here he lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the 2nd round.

 

Mannarino has lost in the 1st round in Paris 5 times – in 2008-09 and 2011-13. This is his 7th appearance at Roland Garros and his 21st Grand Slam overall.

 

Mannarino is seeded No. 30 at this year’s Roland Garros – it is the first time he has been seeded at a Grand Slam event. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 29 in April this year and plays here ranked No. 32.

 

Mannarino is one of 14 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the fewest Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw at Roland Garros since 1999, when there were also 14. The fewest Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros is 4 in 2000.

This is Melzer’s 13th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 51st Grand Slam overall. Last year here he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2nd round.

 

Melzer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals here in 2010. As No. 22 seed he upset No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic 36 26 62 76 64 in the quarterfinals for his first-ever comeback from 0-2 down, before losing to Rafael Nadal 62 63 76 in the semifinals.

 

Melzer warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 2nd round at Istanbul (l. Diego Sebastian Schwartzman) and Geneva (l. Joao Sousa). He failed to qualify for Houston and Rome-1000.

 

Melzer finished 2014 ranked No. 113 – the first time he has finished the year ranked outside the Top 100 since 2001. He spent 7 months away from the game with a shoulder injury, returning at 2014 Monte-Carlo-1000. Melzer is a former Top 10 player but plays here ranked No. 110.

(Q) Gastao Elias (POR) v Benoit Paire (FRA)
This will be the first meeting between the two. Elias is 0-1 in Paris while Paire is 4-5.

Qualifier Elias is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win.

This is Elias’ 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the 1st round at 2013 Wimbledon and as a qualifier at 2014 Roland Garros on his 2 previous appearances at a major. He failed to qualify for Roland Garros in 2012 and 2013.

Paire is bidding to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros for the 4th straight year. Last year here he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the 2nd round.

 

Paire’s best performance at a major is reaching the 3rd round at Wimbledon in 2012 (l. Brian Baker) and in 2013 (l. Lukasz Kubot), at 2013 Roland Garros (l. Kei Nishikori) and at the 2014 Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut). This is his 6th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

Paire is a former Top 30 player, having reached a career-high ranking of No. 24 in August 2013. He missed 3 months of the 2014 season (Feb-Apr) with a knee injury sustained at the Australian Open before undergoing knee surgery in September. He returned to action at the 2015 Hopman Cup and plays here ranked No. 71.

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Steve Johnson Nets a Rare Five-Set Win on Day One of the French Open

(May 24, 2015) In the first five-setter of the French Open on Sunday, Steve Johnson of the United States knocked out 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(1), 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round. The marathon match lasted three hours and 26 minutes. For the 56th-ranked Johnson, it’s his second win in five setters all coming in the first round. Last year in Paris, Johnson bested Laurent Lokoli coming back from a two-set deficit.

Johnson took a 6-3, 6-3 lead and was two points away from a straight sets win in the third set, then Garcia Lopez came back in the match.

“I wasn’t like I guess panicking,” Johnson said. “I was up two sets. I played a good end of the third. He kind of buckled down and played some great defense in the last three sets. Felt like it was tough for me to hit a winner. He played great defense. He’s very comfortable on clay; he’s very comfortable out there. I don’t think at any moment, even down two sets, he thought it was far from over. Just fortunate – you know, I was down a break in the fifth – just to kind of compose myself. Played a great game to break back, a long game, and I think that swung the momentum a little bit in my favor.”
“I’ve had a bunch of tough five-set losses,” Johnson reflected. “A couple years ago here I played Montanes. He won the first, I won the second, he won the third, I won the fourth. You kind of get this emotion where you’re on this high, like you’re ready to go, ready to go. It’s just another match. It’s just another set. I’ve played a lot of tennis in my life, and I felt comfortable out there today in the fifth just to play regular tennis. You know, I didn’t need to raise my game to another level to win this one. So that kind of mentality. So I just buckled down and played the way I needed to play. You know, drew back from all those five-set losses. Had a five-set win here last year in the first round. So just another day at the office to take care of business and win three sets.”
In recent years U.S men have not been known for their clay court prowess or love for the surface. The last U.S. man to win the French Open was Andre Agassi in 1999.

Asked about if U.S. men have gained confidence on clay courts, Johnson said: “I think it’s just a mindset really. Maybe back in the day after the (Andre) Agassi kind of (Michael) Chang, those guys’ era who won here, there was maybe a bit of negativity. I don’t want to say that in a negative way to guys like James and Andy and Mardy (Fish). Those guys held the torch for American tennis and did more than anyone else really has, in my era at least. I think there was maybe a negative tone to coming here or being on clay in general. So it’s nice to have John (Isner) do well because he’s the leader of our pack right now. If he does well, you know, we all believe we can do well I feel like. It’s one of those things where you see your buddy win and you’re going to feel the same confidence. I think I was the only American to play today, to win. Maybe tomorrow the Americans will come out guns blazing and go out and take care of business. Just one of those things that confidence kind of breeds more confidence, and winning, just amongst the group, is always beneficial.”
Johnson, 25, played college tennis for the USC Trojans won the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship in his junior and senior seasons (2011–2012), and was a part of the USC team that won four straight NCAA Championships.

The Californian rates clay as his third favorite surface.

“I played on hard court my whole life,” Johnson said. “Feel like my game suits well for grass. Maybe haven’t had the success at Wimbledon as I would like, but that’s going to change I hope one day. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable. It’s funny, because I’ve had literally the last three years — all three years I’ve played on the tour full time it’s like once clay season comes I’ve struggled. Like two years ago in the challengers in the States it was like winning games, and then Bordeaux two years ago I won three games; I got killed. Then like I get to Roland Garros to play quallies two years ago and the ball kind of starts to roll and you figure it out. It’s a learning process. Every year I’ve felt like I’ve gotten here and everything has just started to click. I’ve had some rough practice days, matches, you name it, for the last two months. Now it’s like, Okay, everything I worked on, my coach and I, it happened today. It felt good. So it’s like one of those things where you get more comfortable the more time you play on it. You’re going to get here, and I don’t know what it is about here, but it’s a pretty special place to play. I just felt like the clay court game for me has clicked, which is good timing.”

Next up for Johnson in the second round will be the winner of the Sergiy Stakhovsky – Ricardas Berankis.

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Roger Federer Blasts French Open Security After Selfie-Seeking Fan Runs on Court

(May 24, 2015) Roger Federer began his French Open center court on with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Alejandro Falla n Paris on Sunday.

As Federer was leaving the court, a fan ran onto the court trying take a “selfie” with the world No. 2.

“Well, I’m not happy about it,” Federer said. “Obviously not one second I’m happy about it. It happened yesterday in the practice, too. It’s just a kid, but then three more kids came. And today on center court where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, just wanders on and nothing happens. Happened during the finals in ’09 as well for me. So I definitely think this is something that something needs to happen quickly. Basically yesterday already. Not now, you know. But obviously want this to happen immediately. Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe. And so clearly I’m not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved. But clearly it wasn’t a nice situation to be in.”
A similar incident happened to Federer took place in 2009 during the French Open final, when the Swiss defeated Robin Soderling for his lone French Open title. A man ran out on the court and tried to put a hat on Federer.

“Gilbert Ysern (Roland Garros Tournament Director) already came and apologized to me, and we had a quick conversation,” Federer said. “I just told him what I think needs to happen. I told him about yesterday, as well, which he didn’t know about. Yeah, I’m sure they will take the necessary steps now, but this doesn’t only mean for this tournament for this year; it means for all the tournaments we play all the years coming up. We need to make sure that it’s safe out there and people don’t just wander on the court like a free pass, you know. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”
It also brought back painful memories of when Monica Seles was stabbed on-court by a fan in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany.

“Well, I know Monica very well,” Federer said. “I met her again in New York. It’s not that funny, that’s true, not at all, I’d say. I know that on these courts people are really close to the courts. It’s easy to jump above and be on the courts. I don’t know what we should do, what we should do to avoid these things. But it’s the reaction. You know, if these things happen and they should never happen, if people can get close to us, to me, you know, it shouldn’t happen. And then how they are going to change this? I don’t know. They will tell us. Of course, I couldn’t react, the kid was coming from behind me.”
As for his first round match, Federer hit 43 winners in the victory over the world No. 111.

Ysern held a news conference of his own later in the day.

“Well, I won’t react to his (Federer’s) comments, I will react to the facts,” Ysern said. “Of course his comments made sense. He was pissed off with what happened in court. He has good grounds for being unhappy. Well, I prefer to react to what happened. I think, well, some extent it’s not the end of the world. Of course we should not make too big a case of that, but it’s embarrassing, of course, for Roland Garros, when something like that happens. Well, it simply shows that we collectively as an organization made a mistake and we will have to correct that, of course, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

“I’m not going to tell you I’m happy with what happened this afternoon. But honestly, at this stage there is no reason for us to change the security procedures. They are organized; it was just a lack of judgment this afternoon. Clearly the security people who were on court did not do the job the way they should have done, of course, to say the least. Again, it’s a question of lack of judgment from them, and — well, we all know in tennis, like in other sports, the current approach consists in having the players — the crowds close to the players, you know, looking for signatures, autographs, and pictures, selfies and all that. Again, I think that’s where the lack of judgment this afternoon lays. I mean, the instinct and direction of security people must have been that it was something that was acceptable, which is clearly not. So again, I think we should understand that the issue here again is lack of judgment on the part of the people who are on court. It’s not the procedures that are in place that are wrong. No need to say that, of course, the message is passed again among all the security people. And tonight for sure we will reinforce the message again that clearly nobody is allowed to get on court in any case at any time for any reason. It has to be very clear. Of course, well, the fact that all you here is a good opportunity for me as well to remind everybody on court that this is still totally forbidden. And there are opportunities for the crowds to cheer for players, opportunities to get close to them. You know, we organize that, and the players are very helpful in that regard these days. They are giving some time to make themselves available for the crowds and the fans to get closer to them. But of course, the court is clearly forbidden for them to go on, and, well, they have to respect that. Of course, contrary to what happened this afternoon, we will enforce that rule more severely from today on and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

 

Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka also advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 over Marsel Ilhan.

Wawrinka is also upset with the French Open organizers complaining about a “completely stupid article” that he says appeared on the official http://www.rolandgarros.com tournament website on Saturday which touched upon his private life. The article was taken down.

Wawrinka said he spotted the article Saturday and “I told the tournament that I wasn’t really happy about it.”

“It’s official website of a Grand Slam, so I hope the guy who did that article is not a journalist. I also hope the guy who is supposed to check all the article on the website is not working anymore for the tournament. Because for me, for a Grand Slam website, it should be an article about the tennis and that’s it.”

I saw the article last night,” Wawrinka told media. “I told the tournament that I wasn’t really happy about it, and I don’t think it was great for the tournament to do that sh*t article. That’s it. But after that, you know, I’m here to play tennis and to focus on my game. I can put that on the side, and that’s it.”

Ysern also commented on the article:”We have to pay attention when we proofread the papers. But given what we have on the Internet, so many people write so many things, so many papers. So controlling this is complicated. It’s complicated to control all levels, but we have to do this. When we missed this yesterday, we tried to catch up. Of course, we got rid of this paper, and that’s all. Everybody has faults. We have to admit it.”

Kei Nishikori, the fifth seed  knocked out Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to advance.

“I think it was solid match,” noted Japan’s top player.  “Second set he started playing much better. He was hitting the ball pretty well, especially his backhand. But, yeah, after that I was playing some good tennis on the court, and, you know, I think it’s not easy to play three straight sets easy. So, you know, there is some up and downs, and I think I fight through pretty well.”

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga make his country very happy with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Christian Lindell.

“Today I played a good match,” Tsonga said. “I was really in the match. I was solid from the very first minute, and therefore I was more relaxed afterwards. Then things went on well after that. I was aggressive the way I had to be. I played well. I played a good match, and therefore, I didn’t have to stay too long on the court. That’s it.”

Ernests Gulbis earned just his third match win on the year, defeating Igor  Sijsling in straight sets.
Ivo Karlovic became the first seeded man to fall at the French Open. The 25th seed lost 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis was a 2006 Australian Open finalist.

In another surprise on the men’s side, Steve Johnson of the United States, squandered a two set lead, then rallied from a break down in the fifth set to defeat 26th seed Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(1), 3-6, 6-3 to move into the second round. the match lasted almost three-and-a-half hours.

On the women’s side, third seed and last year’s losing finalist, Simona Halep held off Evgenia Rodina 7-5, 6-4. 

“It was a tough match, because it was first round and always is difficult to start the tournament,” Halep said. “But, you know, she played well. She’s playing well. Yeah, I did feel easy mistakes, but it’s normal and I accept that. Next round I will be better, for sure.”

2008 champion Ana Ivanovic rebounded from a first set loss to stop Yaraoslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

“It was a little bit of tough start,” said the Serb. “I didn’t have many matches coming into the tournament, so I was really happy that I manage in the second set to sort of play a little bit deeper and put a little bit more pressure on her. In the third set I really felt like, okay, I was playing my game.”

 

Caroline Garcia became the first upset victim on the women’s side. The 31st seed lost to Donna Vekic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. 

“I am disillusioned, every French Open I can’t play tennis whether I’m playing a top-10 player or Vekic, who is a good player,” Garcia said. “I can’t make it here. It doesn’t depend on the opponent. It just depends on myself, and I can’t play here at the French Open and hope that it will change in the future.”

Another women’s seed exiting early was No. 25 Peng Shuai who retired with a back injury against Polona Hercog.

 

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Tennis – Bellucci, Knapp, Stosur and Thiem Win Tournaments Leading into French Open

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(May 23, 2015)

World No. 60 Thomaz Bellucci won the Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4 for his fourth ATP World Tour title. The Geneva tournament returned to the tour after a 24-year hiatus. For the Brazilian, he’s won three out of his four titles in Switzerland. He captured crowns in Gstaad in 2009 and 2012.

“It wasn’t easy to play today,” said the winner. “It was very windy. I was more solid at the baseline. Mentally I was strong all week so maybe that was the key today… The conditions in Geneva are good for me. The ball bounces high and I like the clay courts here. It’s similar to where I practice in Sao Paulo. I’m feeling very relaxed and happy to win my third title in Switzerland. I hope to come back next year.

“I don’t have much time to celebrate because tomorrow I have to be practicing again for Roland Garros. This week gave me a lot of confidence, so I hope to keep playing like that and I hope to be ready for the next week.”

“I’m not happy today but I think that it’s still a good week for me,” Sousa said. I’m leaving for Paris with good rhythm and confidence. That’s very important before the start of Roland Garros. I won four matches here and I’m feeling well. It’s great that I reached the final here. I had a great week and enjoyed this tournament a lot.”

Italy’s Karin Knapp defeated countrywoman Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup title on Saturday. For Knapp it’s her second WTA title.

“I’m really, really happy to win the title,” Knapp said. “It’s never easy against Roberta, and as you saw it was a close match. But it’s great to get the win and gain some good confidence for the French Open.”

Twenty-one-year-old Dominic Thiem battled back to take his first ATP tour winning 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the

“It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said the Austrian. “It’s not only this, the match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played. The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.”

“It was a very even match. We both played very well and I’m happy despite losing,” Mayer said. “This week, I showed some good tennis and I will get to Roland Garros with a very good level.”

Thiem, who is No. 42 in the world, has become the eighth player born in the 1990s to win a title on the ATP World Tour.

Samantha Stosur returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday defeating Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Strasbourg International, her first title of the year and seventh of her career.

The world No. 26 Stosur was given a wild card into the tournament at the last minute.

“To play as well as I did and walk away with the title, it’s exciting, and especially going into a Grand Slam,” said the 2010 French Open finalist.

The French Open begins on Sunday.

 

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2015 French Open Men’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

(May 23, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

 

Novak Djokovic

2015 Record: 35-2

Grand Slam Record: 187-33

French Open Record: 42-10

French Open Best Result: RU (2012, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Djokovic’s 42 match wins at Roland Garros are the most in the Open Era among men who have never won the title.

 

Roger Federer

2015 Record: 25-5

Grand Slam Record: 281-46

French Open Record: 61-15

French Open Best Result: Won (2009)

Fast Fact: By winning Istanbul, Federer ended a streak of 11 straight claycourt events that he had lost.

 

Andy Murray

2015 Record: 31-5

Grand Slam Record: 140-34

French Open Record: 23-7

French Open Best Result: SF (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Murray hasn’t lost prior to the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event since the 2010 U.S. Open (3R, Wawrinka).

 

Tomas Berdych

2015 Record: 32-9

Grand Slam Record: 108-46

French Open Record: 17-11

French Open Best Result: SF (2010)

Fast Fact: Since the 2014 U.S. Open, Berdych has reached the quarterfinals in 14 of his last 15 events (l. to Andujar, 1R Valencia).

 

Kei Nishikori

2015 Record: 31-7

Grand Slam Record: 41-22

French Open Record: 5-4

French Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Nishikori has a winning record (7-6) when losing the opening set of the match.

 

Rafael Nadal

2015 Record: 25-9

Grand Slam Record: 191-26

French Open Record: 66-1

French Open Best Result: Won (2005-08, 2010-14)

Fast Fact: Nadal is attempting to win his 6th consecutive French Open, which would give him the longest Grand Slam title streak of any man in the Open Era.

 

David Ferrer

2015 Record: 32-7

Grand Slam Record: 124-49

French Open Record: 36-12

French Open Best Result: RU (2013)

Fast Fact: In the opening round of the French Open, Ferrer will attempt to win his 300th career claycourt match.

 

Stan Wawrinka

2015 Record: 22-8

Grand Slam Record: 87-39

French Open Record: 20-10

French Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: Since starting the year 14-1, with two titles, Wawrinka has since compiled an 8-7 record, reaching the semifinals in one of six events.

 

Marin Cilic

2015 Record: 4-6

Grand Slam Record: 63-27

French Open Record: 13-8

French Open Best Result: 4R (2009, ‘10)

Fast Fact:   Dating back to 2014, Cilic has lost 9 of his last 13 matches.

 

Grigor Dimitrov

2015 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 23-18

French Open Record: 3-4

French Open Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Dimitrov has lost his opening round match only twice since the start of 2014 (2014 Cincinnati, 2014 Roland Garros), the same amount of opening round losses as Federer, and one fewer than Nadal.

 

Feliciano Lopez

2015 Record: 14-11

Grand Slam Record: 76-53

French Open Record: 8-14

French Open Best Result: 4R (2004)

Fast Fact: The 2015 French Open marks Lopez’ 53rd consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam event, placing him fourth all-time in the Open Era (trailing Federer, Wayne Ferreira, and Stefan Edberg).

 

Gilles Simon

2015 Record: 20-10

Grand Slam Record: 58-35

French Open Record: 13-9

French Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Six of Simon’s last 10 matches at Roland Garros, including his last three losses, have gone to five sets.

 

Gael Monfils

2015 Record: 19-8

Grand Slam Record: 68-33

French Open Record: 25-9

French Open Best Result: SF (2008)

Fast Fact: Monfils has earned seven wins in Grand Slam events over Top Ten opponents, five of those have come at Roland Garros.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2015 Record: 6-5

Grand Slam Record: 84-28

French Open Record: 20-7

French Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Since defeating four consecutive Top Ten opponents (Djokovic, Murray, Dimitrov, Federer) to win the 2014 Canadian Open, Tsonga has compiled a 12-11 match record, and has gone 0-7 vs. Top Twenty.

 

Kevin Anderson

2015 Record: 19-12

Grand Slam Record: 33-24

French Open Record: 9-5

French Open Best Result: 4R (2013-14)

Fast Fact: Anderson has lost to a higher ranked opponent in 9 of his last 10 Grand Slam events (l. to Baghdatis, 2013 U.S. Open).

 

John Isner

2015 Record: 18-12

Grand Slam Record: 39-27

French Open Record: 8-6

French Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Isner is the only payer other than Djokovic to force Nadal into a fifth set at Roland Garros.

 

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2015 French Open Women’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

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(May 23, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for the 2015 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

Serena Williams

2015 Record: 25-1

Grand Slam Record: 266-39

French Open Record: 47-11

French Open Best Result: Won (2002, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Serena’s record in the opening two rounds of a Grand Slam event is 112-3 (97%), but in the last three years of Roland Garros, that record is 1-2 (33%), losing to Razzano in 1R of 2012 and Muguruza in 2R of 2014.

 

Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 26-5

Grand Slam Record: 171-41

French Open Record: 50-10

French Open Best Result: Won (2012, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Only two players in the draw have defeated Sharapova at Roland Garros (S. Williams, Ivanovic).

 

Simona Halep

2015 Record: 29-6

Grand Slam Record: 31-19

French Open Record: 7-5

French Open Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: In her career, Halep has only defeated two Top Ten players on clay (No. 4 Radwanska, 2013 Rome; No. 6 Kvitova, 2014 Madrid).

 

Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 21-6

Grand Slam Record: 67-25

French Open Record: 15-6

French Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: Outside of Wimbledon, Kvitova hasn’t reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event since the 2012 U.S. Open.

 

Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 23-10

Grand Slam Record: 80-32

French Open Record: 13-8

French Open Best Result: QF (2010)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has been past the third round of the French Open only once (2010).

 

Eugenie Bouchard

2015 Record: 7-9

Grand Slam Record: 27-8

French Open Record: 6-5

French Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: All of Bouchard’s Grand Slam losses have been to players ranked in the Top 20.

 

Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 11-9

Grand Slam Record: 98-40

French Open Record: 30-9

French Open Best Result: Won (2008)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Ivanovic lost her opening match only once, in September at Wuhan; through the first five months of 2015, Ivanovic has lost her opening match on three occasions.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 31-10

Grand Slam Record: 45-25

French Open Record: 15-6

French Open Best Result: QF (2008, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Suarez Navarro’s record vs. Top Ten opponents in 2015 is 9-6 (60%); prior to 2015 it was 11-33 (25%).

 

Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 15-9

Grand Slam Record: 53-30

French Open Record: 6-7

French Open Best Result: 4R (2011)

Fast Fact: Makarova is the only woman who has reached at least the quarterfinals in the last three Grand Slam events.

 

Andrea Petkovic

2015 Record: 16-9

Grand Slam Record: 32-21

French Open Record: 11-4

French Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Petkovic won five matches en route to the semifinals of Roland Garros last year, which accounts for half of her ten Grand Slam match victories since 2012.

 

Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 23-11

Grand Slam Record: 48-29

French Open Record: 11-7

French Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: Kerber has never defeated a higher-ranked opponent at Roland Garros.

 

Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 29-10

Grand Slam Record: 8-11

French Open Record: 1-3

French Open Best Result: 2R (2012)

Fast Fact: Pliskova has never advanced past the third round at a Grand Slam event.

 

Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 16-10

Grand Slam Record: 42-39

French Open Record: 11-10

French Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’14)

Fast Fact: Since 2014, Safarova has a winning record of 13-5 (72%) in Grand Slam events; prior to 2014, it was 29-34 (46%).

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 15-12

Grand Slam Record: 93-35

French Open Record: 18-8

French Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: Seeded 14th for Roland Garros, it’s Radwanska’s lowest seed in a Grand Slam event since 2008 Wimbledon, having been seeded higher in the last 26 Slams.

 

Venus Williams

2015 Record: 20-6

Grand Slam Record: 225-58

French Open Record: 42-17

French Open Best Result: RU (2002)

Fast Fact:   Venus has won 20 matches this year entering the French Open, her best start to a season since 2010 (26-4), when she was ranked No. 2.

 

Madison Keys

2015 Record: 15-8

Grand Slam Record: 15-11

French Open Record: 1-2

French Open Best Result: 2R (2013)

Fast Fact: Keys has won more than half of her career Grand Slam victories (8 of 15) in her last three Grand Slam events.

 

 

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2015 French Open U.S. Television Schedule

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2015 French Open Schedule

 

Date Eastern Time Round Network
May 24 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. First round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First round Tennis Channel
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. First round NBC
May 25 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. First round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First round Tennis Channel
Noon – 3 p.m. First round NBC
May 26 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. First round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First round Tennis Channel
May 27 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. Second round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Second round Tennis Channel
May 28 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. Second round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Second round Tennis Channel
May 29  5 a.m. – 10 a.m. Third round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Third round Tennis Channel
May 30 5 a.m. – noon Third round Tennis Channel
Noon – 3 p.m. Third round NBC
May 31 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fourth round Tennis Channel
Noon – 3 p.m. Fourth round NBC
June 1 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fourth round ESPN 2
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fourth round Tennis Channel
June 2 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Tennis Channel
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN 2
June 3 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN 2
June 4 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. Mixed doubles final Tennis Channel
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Women’s semifinals ESPN 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Women’s semifinals NBC
June 5 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Men’s semifinals Tennis Channel
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s semifinals NBC
June 6 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Women’s final NBC
June 7 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s final NBC

 

Tennis Channel Expands French Open Coverage with Two New Shows

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Novak Djokovic Could Face Rafael Nadal in the French Open Quarterfinals

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(May 22, 2015) Friday’s Roland Garros draw has nine-time champion Rafael Nadal projected to face No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Nadal, who is now No. 7 in the world is the sixth seed at the French Open this year.

Nadal who is 66-1 on the red clay of Paris, comes into the French Open this year with five clay court losses and no clay titles.

Djokovic comes into Paris seeking the last major prize he’s yet to earn – a French Open crown. The Serb not only has Nadal on his side of the draw, but also No. 3 Andy Murray, David Ferrer and 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray vs David Ferrer

Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori

Stan Wawrinka vs Roger Federer

 

Men’s Draw

 

As for the women, No. 1 Serena Williams could have a challenging road ahead of her. The two-time champion could face No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round, her sister Venus or Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, friend Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, with Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.

Serena Williams will play a qualifier in the opening round, while her Venus will face Sloane Stephens.

 

Potential Women’s Quarterfinals:

Serena Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki

Eugenie Bouchard vs Petra Kvitova

Ana Ivanovic vs Simona Halep

Maria Sharapova vs Carla Suarez Navarro

 

Women’s Draw

 

 

The French Open begins on Sunday, May 24.

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