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The tennis news (but not only) of the week : Rafael Nadal at Rolland-Garros and Pharrell Williams
The best of the past week, on and off the courts, day after day…with a legendary Rafa Nadal, a Simona Halep who has finally been rewarded, Pharrell Williams being a VIP, and a reborn…Suzanne Lenglen !
Monday, June 4th
After Caroline Garcia’s defeat against Angelique Kerber, there are no French players left in either of the two draws in the singles, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga didn’t make things better as he announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon…But let’s get back to the Parisian clay to highlight the performance of the day, from Diego Schwartzman, the shortest player of the circuit, who won a marathon-like match in five sets against Kevin Anderson after losing the two first ones. There is a 37 cm difference between the Argentine and the South-African…Still in the men’s draw, Nadal defeated Marterer, Del Potro crushed Isner and Cilic knocked out Fognini. In the women’s draw, Halep dominated Mertens, Kasatkina earned a surprise win against Wozniacki, Muguruza made the most of Tsurenko’s withdrawal and Sharapova benefited from Serena William’s withdrawal, as the American felt a chest pain. Bye Queen, and see you soon.
Tuesday, June 5th
This is not a good time for tennis : 13 people who are suspected of match-fixing were arrested in Belgium. On the same day, Marco Cecchinato earned his spot in the semi-finals of the French Open after defeating Novak Djokovic. The modest Italian’s journey is beautiful, but let’s not forget that he had also been sentenced to an 18-month suspension in relation to a match-fixing case, before being cleared thanks to a procedural error…The other players who qualified today are : Thiem against Zverev, Keys against Putinsteva and Stephens against Kasatkina. All matches were played under…the rain ! The opposite of Hawaii, where it’s raining glass after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.
Wednesday, June 6th
Will Andy Murray play at Wimbledon ? A new episode. Meanwhile, the Scot has postponed his return after withdrawing from the ’s-Hertogenbosch Open, which was supposed to mark his return on grass. On the Parisian clay, Halep dominated Kerber and Muguruza won her duel of ex-tournament winners against Sharapova. In the men’s draw, a mini-earthquake : Nadal lost a set against the fantastic Schwartzman, in a match which was interrupted by the rain and which was followed by Pharrell Williams, who was sat in the VIP box. The match against Cilic and Del potro was also interrupted. On this Wednesday, we also found out that with 77,2 million dollars earned in prize money in the last twelve months, Roger Federer is the seventh best payed sportsman in the world behind the fighters Mayweather and McGregor, the footballers Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, and the basketball player LeBron James. Let’s finish with the LOL footage of the day : Donald Trump, who apparently, doesn’t know the lyrics of the American national anthem. This man is full of surprises.
Thursday, June 7th
Ruthless as always, Nadal ended up defeating the brave Schwartzman. Being fair-play, the Spaniard admitted that the rain and the interruption of the match enabled him to save a pretty dangerous situation. In the other men’s match of the day, Del Potro won his hard-fought battle against Cilic. The Argentine, who is usually so impassive, got angry at a spectator, who was accused of bothering him during while he tried to serve. In the women’s draw, it was a day of semi-finals : Halep won hers against Muguruza, and Sloane Stephens defeated her fellow countrywoman Madison Keys. On this June 7th, the French tennis federation also decided to make Gustavo Kuerten an ambassador of Roland-Garros. Finger heart.
Friday, June 8th
« I’ve got a plan against Nadal. » That’s the promise made by Dominic Thiem, who won his match against Cecchinato to qualify for his first Grand Slam final against the Spanish ogre. We wish the Austrian good luck, as the ten-times winner of Roland-Garros looks very, very comfortable this year whether is is against Del Potro or against Super Mario, for the needs of an advert. The 2018 French Open ends in two days, so the spectators still have a little time to find a certain…Suzanne Lenglen, the exact homonym of the great tennis champion, who is working as a receptionist during the tournament.
Saturday, June 9th
On the day of the women’s final, we learned that Maria Esther Bueno, who has won seven Grand Slam tournaments (no wins in Paris but one final, lost against Margaret Smith in 1964) has sadly passed away. RIP. To pay her hommage, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens fought hard on the court, and the Romanian ended up finally winning her first major title. As for Alizé Cornet, she decided to go wild to celebrate her 100 000th follower on Instagram…
Sunday, June 10th
And the winner is… Rafael Nadal, of course ! Despite his « plan », Dominic Thiem was crushed like everyone else by the monster on clay, who won his 17th Grand Slam tournament, the 11th in Paris. The first was won in 2005, at a time when smartphones didn’t exist, and when Facebook was still called Thefacebook. Dominic Thiem was eleven years old. But to see another edition of Roland-Garros where both world number 1’s, men and women, won the tournament, like Nadal and Halep did this year, you have to go way back. The last time was in 1992, with Monica Seles and Jim Courier. Now bring on the grass season !