Tennis: Who's saying what at Roland Garros
Paris (AFP) –
Who's saying what at Roland Garros on Friday:
"I feel really old, but actually, I'm 21. So, like, I feel like when I talk to you guys, it's like I'm talking like I'm a 35-year-old person that's been through a lot."
-- World number one Naomi Osaka
"I haven't won Wimbledon yet either, and it would be really cool to win everything in one year."
-- Osaka on a possible calendar Grand Slam this year.
"This year I called my mom in, like, the second round. I was, like, Do you want to come to Australia because I'm going to win this tournament? She was, like, No. She's like, No, I'm with your sister. No thank you. I was, like, Okay."
-- Osaka on failing to convince her mother to see her play in Melbourne where she went on to capture a second successive major.
"There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago in my career, and that gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again."
-- Novak Djokovic on his attempts to hold all four majors for the second time.
"Don't know. A bit of a question mark for me. I feel like I'm playing good tennis, but is it enough against the absolute top guys when it really comes to the crunch? I'm not sure if it's in my racquet."
-- Roger Federer, returning to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, plays down his chances of a French Open, 10 years after his first.
"Well, for me, it's kind of like a miracle. When I was trying to come back and play on the higher level, I couldn't really imagine to being one match from being No. 1 in the world and playing for the title of the Slam."
-- Petra Kvitova on her run to the Australian Open final in January, just over two years after she had suffered career-threatening knife injuries fighting off an intruder at her home.
"I do follow women's soccer as much as I follow men's soccer, so that's not that much."
-- Sloane Stephens, recently engaged to US footballer Jozy Altidore, on the forthcoming Women's World Cup in France.
"I don't care if I'm the favourite. I care about feeling well and playing well."
-- Eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal
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