The latest news at Roland Garros has much to do with what happens on the terre battue, but there are still plenty of headlines dedicated to some of these pieces away from the game:
SWINGING IN THE RAIN During his opening match, Novak Djokovic relished a rain-delay chat ... with a ball boy. Before sending off Joao Sousa in straight sets, the ATP World Tour's No. 2 star sidled up to the umbrella holder stationed at his seat and beckoned the boy to sit down. They reminisced about old times (okay, not quite) and even clinked glasses. Ballboy's internal monologue: "Well, yes, okay then—cheers!"
UNCONSCIONABLE It wasn't utterly surprising that Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki. It was shocking, however, that he would do so over the telephone—and that's just what happened. Christopher Clarey of The New York Times has the full story, with insights from Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who each know a thing or two about heartbreak.
Learned today at Roland Garros that Rory McIlroy called off his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki by telephone. Tough to comprehend that— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 27, 2014
STAT-TASTIC Last week the Spin brought you "Serena at 60—Titles, That Is."This week, another major stat, and a glaring one: Serena Williams's 6-2, 6-2 ouster at the hands of 20-year-old Garbine Muguruza was her worst Grand Slam defeat ever.
WHODATHUNKIT? In reaching the French Open's third round, Taylor Townsend has already lasted longer in this Slam than did Serena and Venus Williams. The Spin called that one, the young American's upset of Alize Cornet. French pros and the red clay aren't quite mixing at this Slam, their home event.
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