We’re still a week out from determining any winners at the 2022 Roland Garros, but rumor has it some other sports are handing out trophies this weekend—some may even have truly significant import, as appears will be the case following the UEFA Champions League final.
Though the match—I’m told it’s a soccer game?—will take place at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a mere half-hour drive, the excitement is proving so close yet so far for several of those still competing on the terre battue.
“I really wanted to go,” sighed world No. 1 Iga Swiatek of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid, “because I have never actually saw a football match in a good level.”
The top seed had just won her 31st straight match to become the only Top 10 player left in the women’s draw, but ultimately decided against attending to preserve her second-week intensity.
“Maybe in like two, three years, I'm going to be able to go in like some exciting events during [a Slam] and I'm still going to be able to focus, but for now it's still pretty tricky for me, so I decided it's better to keep the routines.”