As engrossing as the tennis is on the court, what happens in the press room afterwards can often be as intriguing. We round up the best soundbites and opinions from day six of Roland Garros.
“I was expecting, obviously, a very, very difficult match, but not something like this. The score is quite embarrassing, you know, but I have to accept it.”
– Nikoloz Basilashvili had a bad day at the office against Rafael Nadal.
“I play from my heart, from my emotions. This is what makes me unstable, you see.”
– Svetlana Kuznetsova discusses her playing style.
“There will be consequences. The decisions will be to have a safer court.”
– David Goffin’s coach Thierry Van Cleemput talks court safety after his charge is forced to retire from his third round match.
“One part I’m a little happy because it’s my best tournament. But also I’m sad for him. Like I said before, he’s a really nice person. So it’s like mixed emotions.”
– Hector Zeballos reflects on Goffin’s withdrawal.
“It’s a little bit dangerous that this thing is there, far behind the baseline, because actually it can happen to anybody. If you are really in defense, then almost everybody goes that far behind the baseline. So maybe they should remove the cover or something.”
– Dominic Thiem weighs into the dangerous court debate.
“It’s like a family down in the locker room. You get a lot of great people, a lot of just, you know, really great people… there’s life outside of sport and he gets that. And, you know, he’s a standup guy.“
– Steve Johnson has a lot of time for third round opponent Dominic Thiem.
“I have no words to describe the love I have for you… Honestly I went through so many emotions during this match that I don’t know what to say. Your support helps me so much. I had goosebumps.”
– Kristina Mladenovic is feeling the love in Paris.
“Sometimes you need to be challenged in order for certain things to surface, which maybe are not surfacing if you’re winning comfortably.”
– Novak Djokovic finds the positives after a tough five-setter against Diego Schwartzman.
“Numbers that I have on clay are important and I am very happy all the things that happen to me, whole my career, no? But especially this surface, been very happy all the special things that have happened.”
– Rafael Nadal has enjoyed his stints at Roland Garros.
“I’d rather stay in hotel [at some tournaments] and others house. I know in Wimbledon I will go to the same house. I know the kitchen, and I know that the owner, the woman loves to bake, so I have everything I need for muffin, cakes, and stuff. It’s just how we spend, basically, our time.”
– Garbine Muguruza talks houses and muffins.
“I have played well here a number of times. Sometimes it didn’t work out. I think sometimes clay can be tricky. Sometimes a limit, even though I believe there is no limits in life, but mentally sometimes you can subconsciously have one. I have learned that there is so much more you can achieve than you even think.”
– Venus Williams has no limits.
“Everyone goes through ups and downs, but I think the important thing is to know that you’re going to bounce back. And even some of the moments where I feel like I’ve struggled the most or through certain periods, I’ve always believed that I was going to get out of it and play well again and get a good result. And that’s kind of what I’ve done my whole career is have that bottom-line belief in myself.”
– Sam Stosur is a believer.
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