Tennis Today: A 1,000km journey, a ‘petulant’ press conference and ‘ugly’ blisters
In Tennis Today, it’s a mixed bag featuring Marco Trungelliti and Bernard Tomic.
What’s on the site
It’s all about the French Open on Tennis365 this week. On the back of Jelena Ostapenko’s exit, we look at Top 10 French Open shocks, featuring Andre Agassi’s defeat to someone who was afraid of flying and was coached by his wife.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal was held up by rain on Monday, but his coach Carlos Moya says he is in a good space mentally and physically as he goes in search of title No 11 at Roland Garros.
Then do check out our gallery from day two at the French Open.
And some more news as 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic wants to follow in Juan Martin del Potro’s footsteps.
Then we also have the latest on Stan Wawrinka’s rankings blow following his defeat on Monday.
What’s in the news
The story of the 2018 French Open belongs to Marco Trungelliti so far after the Argentine took a nine-hour, 1000-kilometre drive from Barcelona to Paris to compete on day one. And he ended up beating Bernard Tomic.
If that doesn’t make you smile, then how about this? His brother, mother and 88-year-old grandmother took the trip with him.
“We needed grandma for sure. My grandma was actually in the shower. I told her: ‘OK, we go to Paris,'” reports The Independent.
Naturally Tomic was not in a happy mood after his defeat to lucky loser Trungelliti and the Herald Sun, via news.com.au, goes with “Bernard Tomic delivers petulant press conference after French Open exit”.
They have a full transcript of his 64-word press conference.
From petulant we go to cool and awkward. Naomi Osaka was named the “coolest thing in tennis” by GQ Magazine on the back of her success at Indian Wells earlier this year.
But when asked about it after her first-round match at the French Open, the Japanese star replied: “I think if they wanted to title it something, they should have titled it the ‘most awkward person in tennis’.”
Kateryna Kozlova made headlines on Sunday as she beat defending champion Ostapenko and she did it despite blisters. Express Sport has the story on her “gruesome” and “ugly” blisters.
Serena Williams returns to Grand Slam tennis today and debate about the French Open’s decision not to seed her continues with Victoria Azarenka insisting “the rule should be for everybody” and not just the American, reports The Metro.
What’s on social media
If you read ‘what’s in the news’, then you will know the Marco Trungelliti story, but here’s another interesting twist to the fairytale.
The story gets even crazier: there were THREE Barcelona-to-Paris flights cancelled yesterday evening. So if Trungelliti hadn’t gone by car, he probably wouldn’t have made it here. #RG18 pic.twitter.com/ca9p85IYDo
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 28, 2018
Just Lucas Pouille, Pablo Carreno Busta Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro and David Ferrer doing a commercial.
If you have 15-minutes to spare, here is Simona Halep’s The Road To Roland Garros documentary.
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA French Open
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2
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Rafael Nadal also back with a win.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga withdraws from French Open and ends his 2020 season as injury nightmare persists
Frenchman goes back to drawing board.
Coco Gauff reveals she ‘feels quite comfortable on clay’ after recording her first ever red dirt win
Gauff up and running in Rome.
Dominic Thiem says he ‘expects’ to find Grand Slams easier after winning US Open title
Thiem has monkey off his back.
‘I don’t feel comfortable to go there and play Roland Garros’ – Nick Kyrgios goes on offensive again
Nick Kyrgios makes French Open decision.
Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic was ‘very unlucky’, but insists players should have ‘self-control’
Rafael Nadal adds his two cents on rival.
Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros
Kim Clijsters not sure when she will play again.
‘Nice guy’ Dominic Thiem deserves US Open and ‘right behind Rafa’ to win French Open – Novak Djokovic
Djokovic welcomes Thiem to Grand Slam winners club.
‘I’m still not feeling 100% tennis-wise but I enjoyed it,’ says Kei Nishikori after first win in a year
Kei Nishikori gets a win under his belt in Rome.
Rafael Nadal double downs on Novak Djokovic-led PTPA criticism: ‘We should not pursue our own interests’
‘We are going through a world crisis,’ says Nadal.