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Roland Media Day 3: When Lobs Attack

In another installment of Roland Media, TTI recaps some of the most bizarre, fun and interesting French Open moments of the day.

Jerzy Janowicz’s Enchanting Handshake

The Pole has long been one of the more colorful — dare we say, controversial? — characters on the ATP World  Tour, and he certainly cemented that status after his four-set win against French wildcard Maxime Hamou.

But watch for yourself:

In his post-match press conference (that was previously wrongly announced as Jelena Jankovic’s) Janowicz explained that Hamou almost hit him with a return but didn’t apologize, hence the very firm handshake.

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Jelena Jankovic’s Rough Day

After retiring in the middle of last week’s Strasbourg quarterfinals, Jankovic’s health had been in question coming into the French Open. Her opening round against Bulgarian-turned-Kazakh-turned-Bulgarian (again) qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva proved to thunderous — at least when it came to Jankovic’s exchanges with her brother.

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It just wasn’t the Serb’s day whatsoever, as Karatantcheva picked up the 6-3, 6-4 win — handing Jankovic her earliest French Open defeat since 2005.

Berlocq Pulls a Putintseva

Out on Court 10 (it’s always Court 10), Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq won his first round match after five tough sets against Ilya Marchenko. Despite leading two sets to love, the Ukrainian ended the match with a double fault and Berlocq’s celebration was rather…interesting.

Mind, this is hardly the first time Berlocq has cranked up the drama when it comes to post-match celebrations.

Remember his win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in Davis Cup, two years ago?

Serena Williams’ Scary Lob

Serena Williams’ first round match was largely uneventful, as the top seed cruised in her opener against qualifier Andrea Hlavackova, 6-2, 6-3. However, there was one memorable moment, when she misjudged a Hlavackova lob quite badly and ended up getting hit by the ball, much to her own — and everyone else’s — amusement.

Grigor Dimitrov’s Next Spotify Playlist

Grigor Dimitrov’s stay in Paris was cut pretty short, just like in 2014. This year he suffered an early exit against Jack Sock, who defeated the somewhat slumping Bulgar in straight sets.

As he is a notorious Spotify user, I wondered what Dimitrov’s next playlist would look like after this disappointing loss.

Here’s what Twitter and I came up with:

What was your favorite media moment of Day 3? Sound off in the comments!

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