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Roland Media Day 10: “It All Comes Crashing Down”

Roland Media is your daily TTI update all the interesting, bizarre and memorable moments of the French Open

Scoreboard Pressure on Chatrier

It has been a particularly windy Wednesday in the French Capital — so gusty that, during the changeover of Tsonga-Nishikori at 6-1 5-2, a large plank of metal came crashing down from the giant video wall above Court Philippe Chatrier, right into the seated crowd.

Until then, the Japanese had played a sluggish, error-ridden match while the home town favorite ran away with the opening sets.


The metal signage was then removed by officials but three spectators seem to have sustained minor injuries.


Play was halted for approximately 30 minutes and ambulances were called. From there, Tsonga was able to wrap up the set but the change of momentum was palpable as Nishikori found his rhythm and forced a deciding set.


In the fifth, however, Tsonga was able to dig himself out of the hole, broke Nishikori for 3-1 lead and never looked back.

All things considered, everyone involved was lucky that no one got severely injured on Chatrier. This could have been so so much worse — and it certainly wasn’t the first incident at the French Open that left people shaking their heads.

Fix yourself, Roland Garros…

Wawrinka Trounces Federer

Things also came crashing down for Roger Federer on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Stan Wawrinka. The 2014 Australian Open Champion won in fairly straightforward fashion, dominating with heavy groundstrokes and clutch serving in key moments, denying a single break throughout the encounter. It’s probably not too shocking that the 17-time Slam Champion bows out at this stage of the event, but the way he looked unable to get a foothold in the match was surprising.

A Wawrinka-Tsonga semifinal means we will get at least one first time French Open finalist on Sunday. It also means that Chatrier will be shaking on Friday — just not literally, please.



Bring. It. On.

Safarova Serves More Brilliance

Has anyone looked more convincing this tournament than Lucie Safarova? Probably not. The Czech has yet to drop a set and today she took out Garbiñe Muguruza in a pretty high quality encounter — amidst difficult conditions.


Safarova will face Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals. The Serb had relatively few problems hitting through the wind to beat Elina Svitolina. Ivanovic won their last meeting in Tokyo 2014 — but prior to that, Safarova had a five match winning streak against the 2008 French Open champion, including a third round win over the World No. 7 at Roland Garros last year.

À demain!

What was your favorite media moment of Day 10? Sound off in the comments!

About René Denfeld (202 Articles)
Weather is my business. Tennis is my playground. Born in the year of the Golden Slam. Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

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