The French Open Thus Far: Exciting Matches and Crazy Fans

The French Open, taking place this year between May 19 and June 7, is just under halfway complete. It has already seen noteworthy moments – some tennis-related, others not. Athletes have competed on over a dozen courts at Le Stade Roland Garros in Paris to start off the Grand Slam summer swing, which includes Wimbledon in June and July and the US Open in August and September.

In some of the most recent action on the court, Russian women’s doubles team Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina took down French duo Mathilde Johansson and Virginie Razzano 6-2, 6-1.

Women’s singles wins for Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Irina Falconi, and Serena Williams keep USA representation alive. The #1 ranked Williams dropped the first set 7-5 in her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam, but was able to recover, winning the next two sets 6-3 and 6-3.

In men’s singles, Australian Nick Kyrgios achieved a walkover victory after opponent Kyle Edmund withdrew from the tournament due to injury. American Jack Sock, following tournament fashion trends by wearing a bright pink shirt, earned a victory, and will move on to the third round alongside (among others) Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.

While wins from Federer and the others may not come as a surprise, one overzealous fan’s efforts to capture a picture with the Swiss star might. After one of Federer’s victories, a fan climbed onto the court and attempted to take a selfie with Federer before he was eventually removed by security.

 

Looking ahead, the third round will host match-ups between Federer and Damir Dzumhur, Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur, and Sabine Lisicki and Lucie Safarova.

The USA remains represented by at least one athlete in every category (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles).

Gillian Vesely

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Gillian has been writing for The Left Bench since 2014. She can be reached at gvesely12@gmail.com or on Twitter @gillianvesely. Contact: gvesely12@gmail.com
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