French Open Quotables
Venus Williams, after losing to Agnieszka Radwanska, on the impending London Olympics: "Maybe doubles and mixed is better for me. Any medal in any event, even if it was the javelin, that's a medal." (via @enricomariariva) Also: "When I leave the Olympics, I go through withdrawal."
Brian Baker, on his unlikely return to the pro level and his run on clay courts: “When I get back to the hotel room at night, I do think I have been achieving some pretty cool things. Obviously it’s the biggest thing I have done in my career. But when I get back to the courts, I just have to focus on practice and my matches. There hasn’t been much time.”
Venus again, on sister Serena Williams, who suffered an inexplicable first-round loss: "Thankfully she has, like, twentysomething majors to keep her warm at night. ?I think she'll be fine." (also via @enricomariariva)
Sloane Stephens, after doubly breadsticking Bethanie Mattek-Sands (6-1, 6-1), on her catalyst to succeed: “Because my mom is spoiled rotten, she’s going to want to try to fly first class home or something, so I got to keep winning.”
Venus once more, on her Sjogren's Syndrome condition: "I'm still playing a professional sport, so I have to be very positive. And I'm gonna have ups and downs. I haven't gotten to the 'Why me?' yet. I hope I never get to the 'Why me.' I'm not allowed to feel sorry for myself."
Last, No. 20 seed Marcel Granollers from Spain and Joao Sousa of Portugal engaged in everything short of fisticuffs in their second-round bout, which Granollers won in four sets. Watch the two (some-kind-of) sportsmen bark at each other here:
Still a lot of tennis left, Spinmeisters. Enjoy the drama.
[Thanks to @jonwertheim for the Granollers-Sousa bit.]
—Jonathan Scott (Talk to me on Twitter @jonscott9.)