Fabrice Santoro Plays Last French Open

May 28, 2009

Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who actually hails from the French Polynesian island of Tahiti has played his last French Open.

While his career has not necessarily been the most outstanding, it has definitely had longevity and for that Santoro should be applauded.

He leaves this tournament as the record holder for the most number of appearances in the singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament with 67 campaigns under his belt.

Unfortunately his loss yesterday moved him into a tie for a record without quite the same bragging rights – most number of first round losses in a Grand Slam tourament with 20 straight up exits.

The Magician, as he was dubbed by Pete Sampras has experienced his biggest successes in doubles with two Wimbledon titles to his name.

Tsonga Claims First Victory At Home Major

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Ali has pushed throught a second set slump to win his first ever match at Roland Garros, after missing last years tournament through injury.

Always the entertainer, Tsonga arrived at his press conference wearing a tie, with his tongue in cheek claim being that he wanted to wear a tuxedo but his sponsors wouldn’t let him and so a compromise was reached.

Tsonga is one of eight Frenchmen who have moved through to the second round, with plenty of talented compatriots looking to fly the French flag deep into the second week.

Ana Ivanovic Finally Hitting Some Form?

This years defending champion Ana Ivanovic has begun her defence well and is looking to be finding some form after a very lean twelve months.

Her second round match was against experienced Thai player tamarine Tanasugarn, and the 6-1 6-2 result may be a sign of better things to come for the 21 year Serbian.

Wearing a bandage on the right knee as a precaution after some problems experienced in Madrid last week, Ivanovic showed no signs of discomfort and will be confident she can move past her thrid round opponent Iveta Benesova.

All Or Nothing For Hewitt In Next Match

Lleyton Hewitt took less than two hours to dismantle the game of Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev, winning in straight sets and earning the right to be run ragged by Rafael Nadal in the third round (that’s a lot of r’s)

Nadal had no trouble claiming his 30th consecutive victory at Roland Garros with a straight sets triumph over Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvil.

Hopefully this third round clash between Hewitt and Nadal will turn into one of the better matches of the tournament so far – we’re yet to see one of the top seeds really pushed and it would be great if it could be Hewitt that really gets this tournament livened up.

Andy Murray Marches On

Scot Andy Murray has equalled his best ever French open performanc by moving into the third round following a solid match against Italy’s Potito Starace.

Murray dropped the second set and was pushed hard in the third but in the end his class stood out and he closed out the match 6-4 in the fourth set.

Murray will be looking to build on this performance and prove to the doubters that he has what it takes to be a regular challenger for a Grand Slam title.

Written by: Crooksy

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