Refusal to clasp hands causes French Open flap
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 19:53
The popular Frenchman was forced to dig deep against Argentinian Renzo Olivo, recovering from 5-2 down in the fourth set before play was called for bad light with Olivo leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4.
The 21st-seeded Isner saved 6 of 8 break points that he faced Tuesday. The Scotsman was better with his second-serve.
The Romanian, who was runner up in 2014, will next face Maria Tatjana of Germany.
These two have played once in the past, which came in the 2016 Vienna Open, a match Murray won in three sets.
The French federation issued a statement criticizing Hamou's "reprehensible behavior with a journalist yesterday" and said its disputes commission will investigate the case "for improper conduct".
The world number one arrived in Paris with his confidence shaky after just four wins during the clay-court season but found plenty of encouragement in a four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov in round one.
On a more serious note, Djokovic said he was pleased with his form after coming through some hard times since completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros past year.
"I think his serve was a lot better in terms of accuracy but I'm sure he'll know he will have to play a little better going forward". It was pretty entertaining.
The crowd on Court 14 did not take kindly to Lokoli's snub and made their derision clear.
When Klizan approached for the customary post-match handshake, Lokoli shooed him away with a dismissive wave of the hand.
"If I did not shake hands with him, it is because there is a reason", Lokoli said (via the Telegraph).
"He speaks of respect but he showed none of this", he added.
Klizan taunted Lokoli after a double-fault in the fifth set and the two exchanged words during the changeover.
At the more experienced end of the scale, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga remains in danger of a shock first round exit.
Zverev was one of the outside favorites after impressing on his way to victory at the Italian Open earlier this month.
Kuznetsov, 26, who lost in the semi-finals at last week's Geneva Open, said a quick start would be key to defeating the three-times grand slam victor.
The 10th-seeded Williams, a runner-up in Paris in 2002, trailed 3-1 in the opening set but then won seven consecutive games.
Barty has now lost all nine career matches against top-20 opponents.
Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, victor of the 2015 French Open, is also through after he overcame Slovakia's Jozef Kovalík 6-2, 7-6, 6-3.
Murray has a 2-0 record against Kuznetsov, ranked 73rd after reaching the semi-finals in Geneva last week.
Fellow Brit Konta enjoyed no such triumph as she was dumped out of Roland Garros at the first hurdle for the third year running. I haven't played well.
"I felt better than in the first round, that's exactly what I wanted", he said. The 50th ranked player screamed in celebration and stared down Lokoli.
Andy Murray didn't let dropping the second set affect him to win the opening round at French Open.
"Last year my first round match was a four setter, so it's nice to get it wrapped up quickly in straight sets - that's progress". The 30-year-old, however, prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 against the world No73.
Svitolina is coming off the Rome title two weeks ago and is an outside favorite in Paris, where she made it to the quarterfinals two years ago.