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2014 Roland Garros – Interviews, Results, OOP, Draws



2014 Roland Garros: All the interviews, results, draws and the order of play from the French Open in Paris.

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Doubles Draw

Mixed Doubles Draw

Order of Play



8th of June

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink discuss the men’s final

Nadal: “Without that second set, I don’t know if I have this trophy with me now”

Djokovic: “Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set”

Mauresmo: “Andy contacted me a few weeks ago”

7th of June

Sharapova: “It’s the most emotional victory for me. The toughest one physically that I’ve come across”

Halep: “I’m really proud about these two weeks. They were incredible weeks”

6th of June 2014

Djokovic: “I think there is no doubt that he (Nadal) is the favorite to win the title there. But, okay, I have been playing some good tennis”

Gulbis: “I’m not used to play these kind of big matches. It’s just normal I felt extra nervous and extra tense”

Nadal: “I think I played very well with my forehand. I think was important to serve the way that I served today”

Murray: “He played a great match. He missed hardly any balls. He served very well”

Sharapova: “I’ve had some really tough matches where I’ve been pushed. In the last three matches especially”

5th of June 2014

Sharapova: “I’m very proud, because I worked hard to get myself injury free”

Bouchard: “I didn’t feel tired, no. She’s a great player and always puts a lot of pressure on you”

Halep: “I think the click was in Rome when I beat Radwanska”

Petkovic: “I would definitely tell it as a positive story, but also a story that showed me what I need to work on”

4th of June 2014

Nadal: “After the second set I think David play with more mistakes than usual, and I continue playing with my forehand”

Ferrer: “I think it was not a good match with both players. We did a lot of mistakes”

Monfils: “I wanted to finish today because I knew that Andy was tired and I was better than him”

Murray: “It was a hard match. Conditions changed quite a lot during it”

Errani: “I think she played a good match. The problem was not that. It was me. No power, no energy”

Petkovic: “I was hoping that her serve might break down if I’m being very, very aggressive”

Halep: “It was a perfect day for me. I played really well. I did my game. I was very aggressive”

Kuznetsova: “I think Simona played very good. I was not at my best in everything a little”

3rd of June 2014

Gulbis: “What took me so long? I think I was eating wrong. I had the wrong diet”

Berdych: “Really the way I played today was pretty bad to be successful today”

Bouchard: “Once I started going for my shots a little bit more it started working better”

Suarez Navarro: “I was up in the first set; I lost. I was up in the final set; I lost. It is difficult to speak now”

Sharapova: “Once I got the break…I started feeling like I was in the match again”

Muguruza: “In the important moments I need to improve my mentality”

2nd of June 2014

Murray: “I don’t mind. I’ll play whichever court they decide”

Verdasco: “Pascal is very peculiar. Sometimes he will take things in a certain way”

Kuznetsova: “Halep’s already in top 10. I think she going to be good, even better than she is now”

Errani: “The crowd was unbelievable loud and was difficult to stay focused, of course, sometimes make you a bit angry”

Jankovic: “When I needed just to kind of raise the level a little bit and I needed a good first serve, it was never coming”

Halep: “I believe in my chance, but I don’t think too far”

Nadal: “I’m not a machine. No, I play with the conditions on the court. I play with my feelings on the court”

Petkovic: “I still have a long way to go, and I’m still not as consistent as I used to be”

Ferrer: “I tried to play more with my forehand, and he was more tired than me in the final of the fourth set”

1st of June 2014

Federer: “I missed too many opportunities. I did not play like I wanted to play”

Gulbis: “Like Floyd Mayweather said in his interview. Hard work and dedication. That’s the key”

Djokovic: “I came with the exact level of intensity that I was looking for before the start of the match”

Tsonga: “After the match I had lots of thoughts in my mind. But I have to continue. I need to hang on”

Suarez Navarro: “What has changed between 2008 and 2014 is experience”

Raonic: “I have been working a lot at my net game. I come in quite a bit, so things are bound to get better”

Sharapova: “I love competing. That’s one of the best parts of the sport”

Murray: “Stopping the match probably helped me a little bit”

Verdasco: “I’m very happy. Now will try to recover for tomorrow’s match”

Gasquet: “I’ll take care of myself. I’ll work on my body. I hope that I’ll continue on the same path”

Bouchard: “I’m confident and I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there”

Berdych: “I’m confident if you win four matches. Then you feel good”

Isner: “I was a little slow out there, but I thought the guy just played well”

31st of May 2014

Fognini: “I don’t care. I go on my way. That’s what I have to say to you. Nothing more”

Petkovic: “I just didn’t have any emotions. I was just drained energy-wise”

Mladenovic: “I will take time to think about all this, all the good things, the things that didn’t go that well”

Young: “It’s not where I want it to be quite yet, but definitely moving in the right direction”

Kuznetsova: “It was unbelievable match. I didn’t enjoy it on myself out there”

Kvitova: “It was very close, few points, but that’s the tennis”

Ferrer: “I’m quite satisfied with the match. I would have liked to be more steady with my forehand”

Safarova: “I think I was playing very solid today, and I was not making a lot of mistakes”

Ivanovic: “I think overall my level wasn’t there today. I really struggled to find my rhythm”

Lajovic: “I will try to ask everybody some tips against Rafa”

Sock: “There was a lot of close moments and opportunities for me, but I wasn’t able to capitalize”

Stephens: “I guess it’s all just a learning experience. Rather this than anything else”

Jankovic: “The match was not easy, even though it looked, the score looked like it”

Halep: “I’m enjoying the moment now. It’s my best of my career, and I have to be happy on court”

30th of May 2014

Raonic: “I live and die with my serve, so I’d rather be serving for the match than anything else”

Simon: “Three times I have lost in five set matches against three good players”

Kerber: “I’m feeling better and better from match to match”

Isner: “I’m always pretty confident when I get (to tie-breaks), and I think it’s shown so far”

Djokovic: “It was a great match to be part of, and I enjoyed it and hope the crowd did, too”

Sharapova: “I don’t think we can take everything serious when he (Gulbis) speaks”

Muguruza: “Now there are so many young players that are playing really good. Maybe it’s time for a change”

Cilic: “Goran helped me with the understanding of the game, to play, of course, with a different mindset”

Tursunov: “Well, I mean, pretty much couldn’t run”

Federer: “I’m pleased to be through. Like expected, it was not a straightforward, easy match”

Townsend: “Tennis means the world to me. It’s helped me through a lot of situations, tough times, good times, bad times”

Suarez-Navarro: “I’m going to play against Tomljanovic, but there are still others like Garbine, like Stosur”

Stosur: “I think it’s the first time I won three matches in a row for a while”

Gulbis: “I wouldn’t like my sisters to become professional tennis players. It’s tough choice of life”

Radwanska: “She definitely played good tennis today. I had my chances. I didn’t do them”

Tomljanovic: “Not much did go wrong today. Fourth round next. Obviously very happy”

29th of May 2014

Monfils: “I will have to let him (Fognini) know that I’m playing home and if he wants to get me he’ll have to be strong”

Fognini: “Play against Gael, it’s always difficult. We play always great match, great fight”

Ivanovic: “I do feel like I’m a different player now with everything that I’ve been through”

Kvitova: “It wasn’t that cold and wasn’t that wind. I think it was pretty good”

Kohlschreiber: “At the moment it’s very consistent. I’m very happy with my performance, of course. I have a lot of confidence at the moment”

Murray: “It was a good serving performance today, especially when I was down in games”

Nadal: “I think was a dangerous match, dangerous opponent today. I played well”

Thiem: “I started okay. In general, I didn’t play bad. I played okay match”

Young: “I maybe didn’t work as hard as I could have and gotten better and trained harder”

Jankovic: “She gets so many balls back. She doesn’t give you many free points, so you have to work your way through”

Ferrer: “I didn’t really feel that great myself, but I think that the match was not brilliant”

Giorgi: “It’s not she play better. I did more mistakes”

28th of May 2014

Townsend: “These are the kinds of things that I have been working for every day”

Sharapova: “When you go on court you’re aware of a lot of the upsets, not just in the women”

Federer: “I wish I could have played a bit more freely today overall. But then again, I think it was a solid match”

Djokovic: “These are the best clay courts in the world, no question about that”

Raonic: “In the important moments I played the right way”

Muguruza: “She said that if I continue playing like this, I can win the tournament”

S. Williams: “You can’t be on every day and I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens”

V. Williams: “I was a little impatient and less, you know, not playing the point as much and maybe just rushing a little too much”

Paire: “There is a region in the knee that’s inflamed and I have to be careful”

Chardy: “You have to admit that the opponent was stronger. And right now he is the best player of the tour”

27th of May 2014

Murray: “The match against Rafa in Rome was a good match for me. It came at an important period for me, as well”

Llodra: “For sure I’m not Nadal, I’m not Federer, but I think, you know, I play well”

Ivanovic: “(Shoulder) is a bit stiff. But I’m spending some time in the physio room”

Wozniacki: “What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me”

Tomic: “Paris is a beautiful city, but I really don’t like this tournament. I’ve never played well”

Dimitrov: “Today was just one of those days that whatever I was trying, nothing was going in the court”

Li Na: “I think doesn’t matter who plays today against me, I always lose the match”

Mladenovic: “When it’s really close result against a really good player, it can be really good for us to have the crowd with us.”

Hewitt: “Wimbledon coming up that’s obviously the next main focus”

Ferrer: “Last year in Roland Garros it was my best result in a Grand Slam, so it’s good to come back”

Halep: “It was amazing to play on Chatrier first round. It was my first time on this court. It’s so big”

26th of May 2014

Wawrinka: “I’m both very confident and not confident enough”

Garcia-Lopez: “I followed my tactics. His backhand is wonderful, so I tried to adapt”

Nadal: “Important thing is go on court, try your best every day, and try to improve a little bit in every practice day and every match day”

Djokovic: “It’s devastating times for three countries that have been suffering these terrible floods”

Sharapova: “It’s not really about when you face somebody. It’s about who comes through.”

Cibulkova: “I won a few games and I started to get more confidence”

Paire: “I had to stop for three months, and every day with my parents I would play Pétanque”

Lisicki: “It’s never easy to play someone you have no clue how she plays”

Nishikori: “I was playing well on clay in Europe, so it’s very sad for me to lose first round here”

Mahut: “I felt like they stopped the match whenever they pleased”

25th of May 2014

Berdych: “I just pass the first match, and now let’s see what’s the weather going to be like.”

Tsonga: “French crowd is special, if you win you can do what you want. If you lose, then anything you do, you’re going to pay for it”

Raonic: “I was just struggling throughout the whole match on the second serve to get the range and distance”

Kyrgios: “I was creating chances against a top 10 player. I think that’s always confidence”

Radwanska: “It’s raining every day, so it makes the courts much slower”

23rd of May 2014

Nadal: “Rome, Monte-Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona is past now”

S.Williams: “I wasn’t even sure if I was going to play Rome. Then to come out the win gave me a lot of confidence.”

Federer: “I feel like I’m in good shape”

Sharapova: “I want to win more Grand Slams and I want to get back to No. 1”

Djokovic: “The tournament win in Rome came at the right moment for me”

Li Na: “I would prefer the sunshine, but as far as no rain, for me it’s okay”

Wawrinka: “The back is good. I had two days off with treatment”

Murray: “It was good progress in Rome, and the goal here is to keep that going”

Tsonga: “I feel good. I feel good physically. I have no problems.”


EXCLUSIVE: Wimbledon Great Billie Jean King Gives Her Verdict On Jasmine Paolini



Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss in the Royal Box - Credit: AELTC/Ben Solomon

Billie Jean King has told Ubitennis the game style of Italy’s Jasmine Paolini is ‘perfect’ for the grass as she pays tribute to the 28-year-old. 

King, who won 20 Wimbledon titles in both singles and doubles during her career, praised Paolini just hours before her semi-final match against Donna Vekic. The world No.7 had never won a match at The All England Club until this year but has stormed through the tournament by dropping one set in five matches played. She has beaten players such as former US Open champion Bianca Andreeescu, Madison Keys (who retired at 5-5 in the final set due to injury) and Emma Navarro. 

“I’ve always liked watching Jasmine for a while now, and I got to see her last year at the Billie Jean King Cup,” the 80-year-old told Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta.
“Italy lost to Canada, but I saw her there and she was amazing.
“Finally at 28, she’s she’s doing what I think she should have been doing.”

Paolini is enjoying the best season in her career. She won her first WTA 1000 title in Dubai, reached the final of the French Open and at least the semi-finals at Wimbledon. She is the oldest player on the WTA Tour to reach their first two major semi-finals since 1977, according to OptaAce. 

As for the grass, King says Paolini has a ‘perfect’ game for the surface. Even though the tennis star has previously spoken about her mixed feelings about playing on the surface. 

“On grass. She’s perfect.” King stated. 
“She’s low to the ground, she can volley, she can hit Groundstrokes. Big forehand. Unbelievable.”

Paolini is one of three women aged 28 or older to reach the last four at Wimbledon. Something that last occurred in 2018. As for the reason behind these players coming to top form at a later age, King admits she hasn’t got an explanation. 

“I have no idea.” She said
“I think she’s (Paolini) finally found herself and everybody gets to be their best at different ages.
“This year at Wimbledon, it seems like in the women’s events it’s now that they’re older, they’re doing better. So I don’t get it, to be honest.
“It’s the weirdest Wimbledon ever and I’ve been coming here since 1961!”

King has won an incredible 175 titles during her career in the Open Era. 101 of those were in doubles, 67 in singles and seven in mixed doubles.  

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-No.1 Nenad Zimonjic Gives His Verdict On Djokovic And The Wimbledon Crowd



Novak Djokovic might be the headline act when it comes to tennis in Serbia but Nenad Zimonjic also enjoyed his fair share of success in the sport. 

The 48-year-old is a former world No.1 in the men’s doubles which makes him one of only four players from his country to have ever topped the tennis rankings. During his career, he won eight Grand Slam doubles titles with five of them occurring in the mixed doubles. Overall, he won 53 trophies on the ATP Tour, as well as the Davis Cup where he later became the captain of the Serbian team.

Zimonjic has returned to Wimbledon this year to play in the Legends event. He has been keeping an eye on compatriot Djokovic and his bid to claim a historic 25th major title at Wimbledon.

“I think he’s been playing better and better as the tournament progresses.” He told Ubitennis.
“The last match (against Holger Rune), he played the best so far.
I expect him to play even better in the quarterfinal match against Alex de Minaur.”

Whilst Djokovic is gaining momentum, he has unexpectedly taken a swipe at the Center Court crowd following his latest win on Monday evening by accusing some members of being ‘disrespectful.’ Throughout the clash, there were shouts of the words ‘ruuune’ in a show of support for his Danish opponent. However, the world No.2 believes some were using those cheers as an opportunity to take a shot at him. 

Zimonjic, who is a long-time friend of Djokovic that travelled to Monte Carlo and Rome with him earlier this year, is unable to weigh in on this particular argument. However, he defends the British crowd at The All England Club where he made 18 main draw appearances as a professional player. 

“I didn’t get to see the whole match I cannot comment (on Djokovic’s remarks) because I wasn’t there.” He said. 
“But what I can say is that the crowd here (at Wimbledon) is very knowledgeable and really respectful to everybody.
“If there was somebody (being disrespectful to Djokovic) maybe there are a couple of people.
“So you cannot say this about the crowd. I’m sure it’s nothing nothing major.”

Djokovic continues to be a dominant force in tennis at the age of 37 and has no plans to step away anytime soon. However, when he does there will inevitably be a huge gap in Serbian tennis. The country currently has five players in the ATP Top 150 but only two of those are under the age of 25 – Hamad Medjedovic (20) and Miomir Kecmanovic (24). There is also 18-year-old Marko Maksimovic who is currently ranked in the junior top 20 on the boy’s Tour. 

“Hopefully some new, really good generations are coming up. We’ll see what the future brings.” Zimonjic commented. 
“It’s not going to be easy to match any of these results and the standards that he (Djokovic) achieved and all the records speak for themselves.
“Maybe they will never be broken, but, we’ll try to make it as better as possible.”

As for life on the Tour for those players, Zimonjic admits it is tough going due to the demanding schedule which starts from January until November. However, since last year the ATP have agreed to stage their Next Gen finals, which features the eight best players under the age of 21, in December. 

The schedule has been a long-debated subject that goes back to Zimonjic’s days on the Tour. 

“Our season is probably the longest in sport.” He said.
“It’s very demanding on the body, travelling, changing the time zones so you have to be extremely fit, mentally tough, and you need a really strong team around you and family support.
“If this can change, I don’t know. So far they (tennis’ governing bodies) haven’t found a way, but, hopefully, anyway, it got shorter a little bit compared to ten years ago was even longer.
“We had maybe three weeks to prepare for the next to rest and prepare for next season, which was really brutal.
“But the good thing is that tennis is very popular and people are following it.”

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘People Are Dying Everyday’ – Elina Svitolina’s Voice Is Important For Ukraine



Elina Svitolina (UKR) playing against Magda Linette (POL) in the second round of the Ladies' Singles on No.2 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 4 Thursday 01/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

There was little celebration from Elina Svitolina after she reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on a grave day for her home country. 

The world No.21 eased to a 6-2, 6-1, win over China’s Wang Xinyu without dropping serve, reaching the last eight of the tournament for the third time in her career. It is a huge boost for the 29-year-old who later admitted she didn’t feel like playing in the wake of a new attack against Ukraine. 

A Russian missile attack struck the country in daylight on Monday which resulted in the deaths of at least 36 people and caused significant damage to the main children’s hospital in Kyiv, according to officials. Reuters News Agency says they have a video showing a missile falling from the sky towards the children’s hospital followed by a large explosion.

“It’s an incredibly sad day today for all Ukrainians. It was really difficult for me to be here (at Wimbledon) in a way and do anything. I just wanted to be in my room, just be there with my emotions, with everything,” said Svitolina.

“Today was one of the days where it was even more difficult because the missile landed on the hospital, the kids’ hospital. Straightaway you see the images and everything that happened there. So many kids lost their lives.”

Svitolina took to the court wearing a black ribbon on her t-shirt in respect to those affected. The gesture was approved by The All England Club which usually has in place a strict all-white policy when it comes to attire. Throughout the war in Ukraine, she has spoken numerous times about the conflict and is an ambassador her the United24 fundraising platform, which was set up by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Evgeniy Zukin, who is the executive director of the Ukrainian Tennis Federation (UTF), spoke to Ubitennis following his compatriot’s latest win at SW19. He stresses the significance of Svitolina and her peers to continue speaking out about the war.

“It is important for Ukrainians to keep informing the world of the atrocities that are now happening in Ukraine,” said Zukin. 

“We know the public in the West is tired of bad news. Only disasters like today when many children were killed bring attention back to Ukraine. But unfortunately, people are dying every day and no less than today.”

Zukin’s words are also echoed by tennis journalist Sergey Kontorchik, who is the founder of Великий теніс України which is known in English as BTU. He is based in Dnipro, a city located in the centre of the Dnipropetrovsk Region which borders Donetsk. As somebody living in the conflict zone, Kontorchik is frustrated by the promotion of Russian and Belarussian athletes in the media whilst his athletes suffer. 

“No one is interested in the mental state of Ukranian players. You saw how hard it was for Svitolina after the match today,” he told Ubitennis from Dnipro on Monday afternoon.

“For Ukrainians, it is hard and it hurts. Our players receive negative criticism for not shaking hands with representatives of these countries. We are pushed to the background, far away, so as to not bring up an uncomfortable topic, the war, which continues to destroy our country.

“It is important to us (Ukrainians) when players talk and remind the world about the war, that Ukraine is still alive and continues to fight for independence. 

“It’s clear many people have forgotten.”

Wimbledon had previously banned Russian and Belarussian players from competing in the tournament in 2022 amid concerns that those governments could use the event as propaganda. The move prompted backlash from the governing bodies who removed the allocation of rankings points that year. The ban was lifted in 2023. 

“I would prefer that (the ban to still be in place) but it is how it is now,” said Svitolina. “I cannot change. We tried every possible way to talk with many organizations.

“For now I just want to raise awareness, to raise funds for people in need, to raise support for the kids through my foundation, through United24. So many ways we can help people and not only focus on the things we cannot control.”

The hope for Svitolina is that her tennis is providing comfort to those back home. Although dealing with her emotions due to the war is tough.

“I think for many Ukrainians they will share this feeling with me. We feel guilt that we feel happy or that we feel good. Not only because I’m in the quarterfinal of the Grand Slam but in everything,” she explained.

“Like you go on holidays, you feel guilty because you’re not in Ukraine. Many people cannot leave the country. Many people are at war. Many people are fighting, and defending our front lines.

“I think we’ve been living with this feeling for over two years. I mean, it’s nothing new. But yes, of course, it’s not a pleasant feeling to have.”

On court, things are going well for Svitolina. She has dropped only one set in the tournament so far, which was against Magda Linette in the first round. 

“She showed in the last year that she knows how to play on grass,” Zukin told Ubitennis about Svitolina. 

“After beating Ons Jabeur (in the third round) she felt confident and played flawlessly today.” 

Svitolina will next play Elina Rybakina. 

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