Three of the biggest names competing at Roland Garros on Thursday encountered a bit of trouble, yet they all advanced to the next round of the French Open despite less-than-tidy victories.
Williams lost to 22-year-old Sloane Stephens on Monday, marking her second opening-round French Open loss in three years and the fifth time in her last 13 appearances in a Grand Slam she’s bowed out that early.
As the first 17-year-old American man in the French Open since Michael Chang won the 1989 title, Tiafoe learned a valuable lesson from a straight-set loss in his Grand Slam debut.
Federer was approached during an on-court, post-match interview on Sunday by a younger fan who wanted a picture, leaving the 17-time major champion to criticize the tournament’s security setup afterward.
A South African judge sentenced retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt to six years in prison for rape and sexual assault on Monday.
Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was on Monday convicted in a South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults.
Djokovic beat Murray 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in Sunday’s final, relegating the Scotsman to runner-up status for the fourth time in four tries in the Australian Open final. Murray had lost twice previously to Djokovic — in 2011 and 2013 — and to Roger Federer in 2010.
Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory despite a hacking cough on Saturday night.
Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych. He was never much of a factor and lost 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5).
Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open on Monday night.
Violetta Degtiareva, one of Russia’s highest paid and highly popular tennis stars — and billed as the “next Anna Kournikova” — dropped dead during practice at the age of 23.
Roger Federer has now claimed all the big prizes on offer in tennis and, for once, will be happy to share his latest trophy with others.