Notes and Quotes from Day 1 of the 2012 French Open


Nicolas Mahut on his victory over Andy Roddick:

Yes, it was my 10th draw here, final draw here.  We all hope to play such a match on such a court here with the French.  And the French audience are waiting for this.  They want to support the French players.  They want us to beat seeded players.

This was the time for me.  I wanted to make the most of it.  I wanted to stay on the court.  And at the age of 30, there we are.  It happened.

So I played my match.  I was really with the match.  I had my focus.  When there was the Ola, I was there when the crowd was with me, supporting me.  I said, let’s seize this opportunity.

And, by the way, I’d like to thank Guy and those who organized everything.  I was on Suzanne Lenglen, the last match.  It was a gift given to me, and I seized this opportunity.  I’m really happy.

Well, you know, it’s Roland Garros, so on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, in addition to the rest, so it’s almost one of my best matches.

When I saw Roddick, I thought before he would always kill me.  You know, six or seven or eight times I played against him.  At the Queen’s final with the match point, you know what happened.  When I see him in the locker rooms, I’ll feel better.  I won’t feel like the image is a pigeon, that he was shooting at me like a pigeon.

Venus Williams on the challenge of having to learn how to deal with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Biggest challenge?  I just learned how to live with this.  It’s different.  I have a lot to learn still.  I learned how to just ‑‑ just learning.  So I think that’s my biggest challenge.  I learn a lot every week, especially having to play a professional sport.  So that’s a challenge, just learning to live.

Yeah, a lot of it I have to figure it out.  It’s physical and emotional and all kinds of different things, mental.  So it’s just something that you can only get if you live it.  So I get it.  So I have to learn to laugh sometimes.  Yeah.

Yes, it’s a huge accomplishment.  I tell myself just to try to have fun.

Yeah, so it is.  It’s a big accomplishment for me to be here right now.

I just want to do my best and not be overwhelmed.  Yeah.  So I just ‑‑ I just try my best out there and see what happens.  I do try my best to be ready, and I just ‑‑ I guess the key word is just “try” my best.

When I retire, you’ll know after the last match.  I don’t believe in this stuff of, oh, I’m done, you know.  I’ll just hang it up.  That will be that.  I don’t see myself there for me.  I have this challenge ahead of me to see how far I can get, and see, you know, how much back, you know, I can get.

So that challenge is important for me to face and to have the courage to face it.  So that’s important for me.

I know I can play tennis, so I just need the opportunity.


Mathilde Johansson’s outfit on court was purchased in a store and she was questioned by media about it.

Well, ______ I don’t want any longer.  We couldn’t find ‑‑ well, you know, we couldn’t find an agreement which would be ‑‑ how can I say?  Which would be satisfactory for both parties.  So I thought, I’m going to play with no logo than what they had for me.

I thought, If I go through the first round in the Grand Slam I’m going to have them.  So I thought, No, okay, nothing at all.  I can wear what I want.  It’s a good thing.

It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to wear their clothes.  Of course, what I wear is not really a tennis outfit, but at least people see I’m not playing with old outfits.

I’m going to going to advertise this brand otherwise it’s like I’ve been playing for a brand.  Yes, I bought it in a shop.  That’s all.  I wanted this to be a bit shorter.  It was too long for tennis, and that’s all.

At least I can choose my colors.  I’m really okay with this.


Samantha Stosur on being back on red clay:

Yeah, it’s nice to be on a real clay court again and actually feel like you can play more clay court tennis.  I think that’s one of the things that’s probably annoyed a lot of people is that you’re on a clay court but you can’t play real clay court tennis.

Yeah, it’s good to be on these courts again.  I think it is obviously a beautiful court to play on.  The ball definitely gets up high.  You can use your kick serve and topspin groundstrokes.

Yeah, it’s always nice to play on these courts.


Fernando Verdasco on possibly playing Novak Djokovic in the fourth round:

Well, you’ve asked so many questions.  Well, you know, there are still two matches to play, very tough matches to play before I meet Djokovic.  I don’t know who the opponents will be.  They’re still playing.  One’s been qualified.  The other one I don’t know.

So we have to wait a little.  So I don’t know who I’m going to play against next time I play.

Then there’s the third round.  Whoever the opponent is, it’s going to be very difficult this third round.

If I play against Djokovic, he’s No. 1, world No. 1, and I’ll say I have nothing to lose in such a match.  I’ll have to enjoy these extraordinary moments.  I think that Rafa this year has more confidence than ever on clay, more than Djokovic.

If I were to bet on this, I think I’d bet on Rafa, not Djokovic.  But they’re the two best world players, so who knows?  Djokovic already defeated Rafa on clay, and in Rome, for instance, and I think it’s very much open.



Andy Roddick Photo by Beth Wilson for Tennis Panorama News

Andy Roddick on the talk about playing mixed doubles at the Olympics with Serena Williams:

Ask her.  I can’t get ahold of her.  If you see her, ask her for me.

Roddick questioned  again on his movement on court:

Yeah, it sucks just as much as it did three minutes ago, you know, when I said I wasn’t happy with it.  I think that’s a huge, huge part of it.  Just from the first ball to get set I just feel like I get exposed too easily out here.  I feel like I’m not set on most shots.

If you’re not set, it’s tough to get match of a flow going.  When you don’t have much of a flow going, it lends itself to sporadic play.  It all adds up.

You can’t fake it out here.  These are the best tournaments in the world.  It’s tough to lie out here.  My footwork on this stuff is really, really bad.

Jo- Wilfried Tsonga answering questions on his statement that he has nothing to lose at his home Grand Slam.

No, I have nothing to lose.  I have no points to lose.  Last time I lost in the third round.  If I was to lose in the first round, I would lose 90 points, so that’s peanuts.

And, for me, going further in this tournament, it’s wonderful because it’s at home.

But I have nothing to lose.  It’s not my favorite surface at the moment.  So far I haven’t scored many points here.  Trust me, I’ll have more pressure in Wimbledon than here.



Around The Grounds at the BNP Paribas Open “ Weekend Round Up“ Part 1

By Jennifer Knapp

After a very busy Friday, I knew that today (Saturday) would be all of that and more as more of the seeded players took to the courts to play their first matches.  First up was Ana Ivanovic who made quick work of Joanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2.  I made it a point to sit in on her news conference as I had yet to seen her in person and was very impressed with her poise and demeanor as she answered a series of questions ranging from her current excellent form to her Olympic aspirations and her thoughts on the mandatory tournament schedule.

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Next up was a stroll around the practice courts as you’re pretty much always guaranteed to see many of your favorites at any point throughout the day.  Indian Wells is known for the great fan access to the practice courts and this particular trip did not disappoint.  I came across Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Bagdhatis, Victoria Azarenka, Gael Monfils and Feliciano López spread out across the many courts.  Not bad for a 15 minute walk!


Juan Monaco

My ultimate destination was the Juan Monaco/Nicholas Mahut match on Court 6, the smallest of the show courts. For the first 20 minutes or so that I was there, Mahut missed at least a half dozen drop shots. It was as if his racquet magnetically directed the balls into the net.  You could hear everyone in the crowd wince as he missed each one. Also,  Monaco was sliding all over the court as if it was made of clay.  There were a few crowd winces for him as well!  Monaco had multiple chances to win the match in two sets but needed a third to close it out.  He advances to play his Twitter buddy, John Isner on Monday.


Stpanek and Paes

Next up on the agenda was the David Ferrer/Albert Ramos versus Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek match on Court 4.  There’s nothing like watching doubles action up close and sitting in the front row gives you amazing perspective.  You also need to pay close attention though as it’s quite likely that you’ll end up getting hit by a ball at some point. I say this because it’s happened to me more than once. The stands were full and the cheering was equally split for the two teams.  Ramos was fresh off his big win over Richard Gasquet but he and Ferrer were no match for the stronger, more seasoned team as Stepanek/Paes won 6-3, 6-3.


Sitting in the direct sun for over an hour had taken its toll so I opted to take a shade break before heading to another match.  With so many great matches to choose from I ended up going to Stadium 3 for Kei Nishikori/Santiago Giraldo. Another near capacity crowd was thoroughly entertained although it wasn’t without (minor) incident thanks to a malfunctioning electronic scoreboard with bad timing.  The board went out just as Giraldo challenged a call and once he realized that the play could not be reviewed, he protested the by sitting down in his chair and refusing to play.   Entertaining for the crowd but unsettling for Nishikori who eventually lost the match.

Caroline wozniacki

I headed back to the media room in time for a series of news conferences Mardy Fish, Caroline Wozniacki, Ryan Harrison and Maria Sharapova. I really enjoy hearing from the players directly and having the opportunity to do so live is an absolute thrill for me.  Fish was first, followed by Wozniacki, who unceremoniously busted into the news conference and (humorously) turned in into more of a comedy routine.  The talk quickly turned to golf and ended when a reporter asked Wozniacki how she thought Fish would do on the PGA Tour. Her response was “no comment which was followed by lots of laughter.  Wozniacki proceeded to answer multiple questions about golf intermixed with tennis but the classic question came at the very end, when she was asked if she had “ever met Tiger Woods and had interactions with him  Her reply?  (pause), I was going to say something. (another pause) No, no, I have never met Tiger.” Enough said.

Ryan Harrison

The next news conference was with Ryan Harrison who had just upset 25th seed Viktor Troicki.  I am always amazed how poised and mature he is in general conversation and impressed by the fact that he made it a point during the offseason to work on controlling his energy into a positive mindset.  He spoke about his first Davis Cup experience and the positive influence of team captain, Jim Courier.  Next up for him was supposed to be Andy Murray but will now be Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.


Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova came to press following her win over Gisela Dulko. Questions for her included her thoughts about the mandatory 15 tournaments per year and her time at the Bollettieri Academy. She was incredibly complimentary of Nick Bollettieri and considers him one of the “best businessmen I have ever met in my life but yet he’s very professional in everything he does.” Surprisingly, there were no questions about basketball.


Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Following the media conferences I headed down to the photo pit to watch Andy Murray and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.  What was expected to be a pretty routine match for Murray was anything but.  Garcia Lopez was playing lights out and Murray simply was not.  The majority of the crowd was stunned but continued to show their support for Murray throughout the match.  Murray had multiple break chances but simply couldn’t convert when necessary and Garcia Lopez won in two.  Indian Wells hasn’t been too kind to Murray as he lost to Donald Young in his first match in 2011.

Andy Murray

Murray came to press within minutes of losing the match and made no excuses.  He did say that he had a hard time trying to hit though the court, missed a lot of returns and squandered many chances.  He also said compared to last year, he was hitting the ball much better in practice and that he felt better mentally as well so he needs to turn it around for Miami.  The upside? He didn’t have any points to defend!

Jennifer Knapp is covering the BNP Paribas Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @Jusbjen.


Net Notes for January 3, 2011

Net Notes will provide updates of tournament results, schedules and news briefs of the day.

In the News

It’s Official. Maria Sharapova has signed with Head.

The Hopman Cup was the scene for a rematch of the combatants in the  longest match in tennis history- John Isner needed just 90 minutes to defeat Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 7-6.

Kei Nishkori has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with a leading Japanese apparel retailer. He’ll make his debut in UNIQLO clothing when he takes the court this week at the Chennai Open in India.

Marat Safin and Andre Agassi will be playing an exhibition in Taiwan this week.

Upset of the day – Kei Nishkori ousted two-time Chennai champion Maric Cilic.

The Bryan Brothers are featured in a new ESPN “It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports” promotional campaign. It’s a spoof of the old Doublemint gum spots.

Out of action this week: Flavia Pennetta withdrew from Brisbane with a stomach ailment. Daniela Hantuchova also out of Brisbane with an achilles injury. Out of Hopman Cup with a knee injury – Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shevdova.

Results and Schedules

January 3-8, 2011

Results – Monday, January 3, 2011
Singles – First Round
(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (LL) Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 63
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (WC) Sacha Jones (NZL) 64 62
(WC) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (6) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 63
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 63
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 67(4) 64 60
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 46 76(8) 60

Doubles – First Round
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Lertcheewakarn/Nakamura (THA/JPN) 63 62
(2) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) d. Dentoni/Ungur (ITA/ROU) 63 64
Arvidsson/Erakovic (SWE/NZL) d. Halep/Paszek (ROU/AUT) 62 61
Nara/Watson (JPN/GBR) d. Irigoyen/Molinero (ARG/ARG) 76(8) 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Heather Watson (GBR) d. (1) Alberta Brianti (ITA) 63 62
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 61 67(7) 76(5)
Florencia Molinero (ARG) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 16 75 63
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 60 63

Order of Play – Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Romina Oprandi
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Marina Erakovic
3. Dinara Safina vs. Yanina Wickmayer
4. Tamira Paszek vs. Sofia Arvidsson
5. Julia Goerges vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Birnerova/Keothavong vs. Dekmeijere/Groenefeld

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sandra Zahlavova vs. Alizé Cornet
2. Simona Halep vs. Ayumi Morita
3. Mirza/Voracova vs. Borwell/Pelletier
4. Domínguez Lino/Soler Espinosa vs. Cornet/Gallovits

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Zuzana Ondraskova vs. Greta Arn
2. Sabine Lisicki vs. Florencia Molinero
3. Heather Watson vs. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
4. Beattie/Fanning vs. Larsson/Woehr


Brisbane International
Results – Monday, January 3, 2011

Singles – First Round
[2] A Roddick (USA) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) 63 62
[7] F Mayer (GER) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 62 62
M Berrer (GER) d D Sela (ISR) 16 76(3) 62
S Giraldo (COL) d G Simon (FRA) 62 63
L Kubot (POL) d D Brands (GER) 62 62
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d I Andreev (RUS) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) 67(2) 76(8) 10-2
B Becker (GER) / M Kohlmann (GER) d R Junaid (AUS) / T Kamke (GER) 64 16 14-12

Singles – First Round
(1) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(1) 61
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (WC) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 64 62
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (3) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(3) 63
(4) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Vania King (USA) 61 62
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (8) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 63 60
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 60
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 62 75
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 62
(LL) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 62 62
(WC) Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. (Q) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
Kleybanova/Pavlyuchenkova (RUS/RUS) d. Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 75 64
(WC) Groth/Hopper (AUS/AUS) d. Kondratieva/Poutchek (RUS/BLR) 75 64

Order of Play – Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 10:30 am
B Becker (GER) vs [3] F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP
L Safarova (CZE) vs [2] S Peer (ISR) – WTA
[5] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs F Serra (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Soderling (SWE) vs [Q] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
[1] S Stosur (AUS) vs J Groth (AUS) – WTA

COURT 1 start 10:30 am
R Stepanek (CZE) vs T Kamke (GER) – ATP
[4] M Fish (USA) vs [Q] A Mannarino (FRA) – ATP
[5] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs B Jovanovski (SRB) – WTA
[WC] J Millman (AUS) vs [Q] M Ebden (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 6:00 PM
P Petzschner (GER) / A Peya (AUT) vs M Fish (USA) / A Roddick (USA) – ATP

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[LL] C Mchale (USA) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA
K Anderson (RSA) vs M Granollers (ESP) – ATP
[WC] S Ferguson (AUS) / S Peers (AUS) vs A Dulgheru (ROU) / O Savchuk (UKR) – WTA
P Hercog (SLO) / P Martic (CRO) vs A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA

Not Before 6:00 PM
[WC] C Ball (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) vs [2] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) – ATP

COURT 10 start 10:30 am
K Jans (POL) / A Rosolska (POL) vs [3] O Govortsova (BLR) / A Kudryavtseva (RUS) – WTA
A Clement (FRA) vs [Q] R Berankis (LTU) – ATP
[1] C Black (ZIM) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Amanmuradova (UZB) / D Kustova (BLR) – WTA
[4] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs V King (USA) / A Panova (RUS) – WTA
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / D Istomin (UZB) vs A Clement (FRA) / M Mertinak (SVK) – ATP

COURT 14 start 1:00 pm
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs T de Bakker (NED) / D Tursunov (RUS) – ATP
A Parra Santonja (ESP) / S Peer (ISR) vs [2] M Niculescu (ROU) / Z Yan (CHN) – WTA


Singles – First Round
K Nishikori (JPN) d [2] M Cilic (CRO) 46 76(0) 62
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d E Schwank (ARG) 63 64
I Dodig (CRO) d M Daniel (BRA) 62 62
R Kendrick (USA) d D Gremelmayr (GER) 76(1) 64
S Robert (FRA) d A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 64 64
B Phau (GER) d S Bolelli (ITA) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) d F Dancevic (CAN) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 36 76(8) 10-4
P Marx (GER) / K Skupski (GBR) d X Malisse (BEL) / J Murray (GBR) 63 61
R Haase (NED) / D Martin (USA) d [WC] S Devvarman (IND) / S Singh (IND) 57 62 10-8

Hopman Cup

Session 3

Italy def Great Britain 2-1

Francesca Schiavone d Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3

Potito Starace lost to Andy Murray 5-7, 1-6

Schiavone/Starace d Robson/Murray 6-7(1), 7-6(6), 7-6(2)

Session 4

USA def France 3-0

Bethanie Mattek-Sands d Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

John Isner d Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6(5)

Mattek-Sands/Isner d Mladenovic/Mahut 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(8)

Session 5 (3) Belgium v Kazakhstan
Session 6 (1) Serbia v Australia


Singles – First Round
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 62 60
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 64
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 61 76(1)
I Marchenko (UKR) d M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
[WC] S Bubka (UKR) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 60 63

Doubles – First Round
T Gabashvili (RUS) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [1] V Troicki (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 67(2) 10-5
[3] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d D Marrero (ESP) / P Riba (ESP) 63 75
[4] F Polasek (SVK) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Nieminen (FIN) 63 76(3)
[WC] M Ghareeb (KUW) / M Zaid (QAT) d [WC] R El Amrani (MAR) / A El Harib (QAT) 46 76(5) 11-9


CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [5] E Gulbis (LAT)
[Q] T Schoorel (NED) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs K Beck (SVK)
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[WC] R El Amrani (MAR) vs [Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI)
A Seppi (ITA) vs [8] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[6] V Troicki (SRB) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
R Schuettler (GER) vs T Gabashvili (RUS)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
M Chiudinelli (SUI) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / R Schuettler (GER) – After Suitable Rest
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / V Hanescu (ROU) vs [2] F Cermak (CZE) / C Kas (GER)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
[Q] A Veic (CRO) vs [WC] S Sabry (EGY)
L Lacko (SVK) vs P Riba (ESP)
E Gulbis (LAT) / M Zverev (GER) vs F Fognini (ITA) / I Zelenay (SVK) – After Suitable Rest