French Open begins as top players grumble over cold weather

Carrie Guzman
September 27, 2020

The world No 1 has another chance to challenge for an 18th Grand Slam crown only three weeks after his shock disqualification from the US Open for accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball struck in annoyance.

"I will make sure I don't make the same mistake twice", said the 33-year-old Serb who faces Sweden's Mikael Ymer in the first round. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind". It's going to stay there for a long time.

"At the beginning, I just wanted to be aggressive and to hit the balls everywhere", she said.

"I could have guaranteed and pretty much bet my life that I would not have been playing at 39". I respect that, I had that a little myself - Novak is a way better player than I was but I had the same thing with Connors and Borg and trying to get that respect and be thought of in the same way.

He added, "Of course, I try to keep negative emotions on the court as less as possible. Whatever happened happened, I had to accept it and move on". The 28-year-old New Yorker, of Korean descent, fell to Williams in straight sets at the US Open in the opening round at Flushing Meadows.

The tournament's 10th seed was 2-1 up against Montenegro's Danka Kovinic in the first round when she took matters into her own hands after light rain paused the match. I'm a human being. I'm in a position in my career where I can not be satisfied.

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"Ranked second but seeded No. 1 at Roland Garros because defending champion Ash Barty is not playing, Halep enters with a 9-0 record since tennis restarted, with titles on clay in Prague and Rome" and a 14-match winning streak that dates to February.

She performed better than many pundits had expected in NY, but said: 'I think a semi-final is always great. "I'm back to normal".

As part of the Covid-19 protocols, the French Open organisers have told all participants to stay in two designated hotels, unlike the US Open which allowed staying in private accommodation.

Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus during the summer at his disastrous Adria Tour, but said: "I am not concerned about the virus being present or not present in me. Actually, I don't give up any points". Am I more calm? But I don't know any athlete that ever plays physically when they're feeling ideal'.

"The rules are as they are here in France". I am grateful as a tennis player that I have an opportunity to compete and just play in another grand slam.

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