French Open headlines and sidelines - Day 2
Paris (AFP) –
French Open headlines and sidelines on Monday, the second day of the 2018 tournament:
+ Ex-champion Wawrinka knocked out by Garcia-Lopez
+ Azarenka loses on Grand Slam return
+ Djokovic eases through
+ Argentine lucky loser wins -- after 1,000km road trip
+ Nadal to begin title bid
Trungelliti wins after 10-hour drive
-- World number 190 Marco Trungelliti drove from Barcelona to Paris to take the eighth lucky loser's spot on Sunday, arriving at 2350 local time before beating Bernard Tomic in four sets on Monday.
The Argentinian was joined on his journey of over 1,000 kilometres by his mother, brother and grandmother.
"Coffee, and I drove a couple of hours. For me, I like it. So it was quite okay. And then the rest of the work, my brother did it. Perfect," Trungelliti said, explaining how he got through the journey.
Not the coolest?
-- Rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka laughed off claims she is the coolest player in tennis, saying she may instead be the "most awkward".
The 20-year-old earned the description in a breezy profile in GQ magazine, but she brushed it off with a smile.
"That's so embarrassing," she said. "I think if they wanted to title it something, they should have titled it the 'most awkward person in tennis'."
-- Frenchman Benoit Paire sported bright bleached hair to go with his dark beard during a four-set win over Roberto Carballes Baena.
"My hair is very damaged. It's burnt. My head is burning," he said. "I'll have to go back to the hairdresser, and she'll see what she can do. But I don't dislike it. It's just a different style."
Who's saying what
"Well, physically, let's start with that, it's an experience that you go through, and men don't go through the whole physical experience of becoming a parent. And I think mentally it's a little bit different attachment and a different thought process when you become a parent, compare men to women."
-- Former world number one Victoria Azarenka compares fatherhood to motherhood.
-- Combustible Australian Tomic responds to a question asking if he has reflected on his place in tennis and his desire to play the sport.
"She has no idea what tennis is, really. She has no idea how to count it.
"And actually, she told me that she didn't know that it was the end of the match until everybody was clapping."
-- Trungelliti's grandma steals the show
-- "I did (do hypnotherapy), but then I stopped. I found a better solution. I talk to my best friend who is here, and we talk a lot, and since the beginning of the year it's helped me a lot."
-- World No. 51 Paire, the gift that keeps on giving.
60 -- Wins at Roland Garros for 2016 champion Novak Djokovic
30 -- The current world ranking of former champion and last year's runner-up Stan Wawrinka. The three-time Grand Slam champion will drop out of the top 250 after losing to Garcia-Lopez.
4 -- The amount of points that Naomi Osaka lost in the last six games of her win over Sofia Kenin as she roared back from 5-1 down in the second set.
2 -- Number of French Open matches won by Azarenka in five years since reaching the semi-finals in 2013. The former world number one missed the tournament in 2014 and 2017 and was also knocked out in round one in 2016.
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