The Latest: Bad light stops Murray in clawback at Paris
The Latest: Bad light stops Murray in clawback at Paris
May. 23, 2016
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
Dusk has put an end to play at the French Open, with the umpire pulling Andy Murray off the Court Philippe Chatrier after the Briton clawed back from losing the first two sets. He won the third set against Radek Stepanek and led 4-2 in the fourth set.
"It is getting dark," the second-seeded Murray conceded just before what turned out to be his last game of the day.
Murray was furious with himself after losing the first two sets 6-3, 6-3 against the tournament's oldest player. With cries of "Let's go!" he reversed the momentum by taking the third set 6-0, losing only two points on serve.
With the first-round match starting to go back his way, Murray wanted to play as long as possible. He was unhappy with what he considered to be time-wasting tactics by his 37-year-old opponent from the Czech Republic.
"How many things can he do to slow the play down?" Murray asked the umpire as Stepanek took a bathroom break after losing the third set.
Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has fallen at the first hurdle in Paris — to a player 156 spots below him in the rankings.
The tenth seed from Croatia lost 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round to Marco Trungelliti, a 26-year-old Argentinian who made the French Open main draw through its qualifying tournament.
Playing in only his second major tournament and his first time at Roland Garros, Trungelliti is ranked 166. He made the Australian Open second round in January.
Cilic, the U.S. Open champion in 2014, also lost in the first round of his first French Open in 2007 and in 2011. He has made the last 16 in Paris three times.
Andy Murray is in trouble at the French Open — losing the first two sets and looking very out of sorts in his first-round match against the oldest player in the men's draw, 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.
The second-seeded Murray lost the first set 6-3 and has just lost the second, again by 6-3.
Murray has been muttering angrily himself and is clearly not happy in the cool evening conditions. Stepanek, on the other hand, is rolling back the years in what would go down as a vintage performance for the player from the Czech Republic if he wins.
Shelby Rogers is edging closer to the million-dollar mark in prize money.
The 23-year-old American's first-round win Monday at the French Open — downing seeded player Karolina Pliskova — guarantees her at least 60,000 euros in prize money. That is just over $67,000. There will be more for the Charleston, South Carolina, resident if she gets beyond the second round in Paris.
Added to the $799,773 the WTA calculates Rogers already has won in her seven-year career, that leaves her about $130,000 short of six figures. That is still small change in tennis: Serena Williams has banked more than $76 million in prize money alone.
Rogers beat Pliskova, the 17th seed from the Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Rogers' best at a major was making the third round of the U.S. Open last year.
Roberta Vinci, the Italian who derailed Serena Williams' hopes of a rare calendar-year Grand Slam of major titles in 2015, is out of the French Open in the first round.
Vinci, seeded seventh, became the highest-ranked woman to fall so far when she lost 6-1, 6-3 to unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine on Monday.
Vinci beat Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last year, stopping the American from winning the last major she needed to complete the Grand Slam collection of all four in the same year.
Jack Sock is that rare American tennis pro these days who professes to love playing on red clay, and he took the initial step toward another run at the French Open by wrapping up a rain-delayed victory Monday.
The 23rd-seeded Sock — who was born in Nebraska, grew up in Kansas and now is based Florida — recovered after wasting a two-set lead against Robin Haase of the Netherlands and won 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2. The match was suspended because of rain after the fourth set Sunday. Sock needed 49 minutes when they resumed to finish things off.
"To be able to sleep on it, kind of re-evaluate, regroup and come out today might have helped me a little bit," Sock said. "I thought he was a little bit on fire there at the end of the fourth, hitting great shots. So I was able to come out fresh today."
A year ago, at age 22, Sock became the youngest U.S. man to reach the French Open's fourth round since Pete Sampras in 1993 at 21. Sock lost to nine-time champion Rafael Nadal at that stage.
"Playing on the dirt is always a fun time for me," said Sock, who faces 116th-ranked German qualifier Dustin Brown next. "I feel very comfortable on it."
Kei Nishikori has posted his 50th Grand Slam match win, reaching the second round at the French Open.
The fifth-seeded Japanese player, who last year recorded his best performance at Roland Garros by making it to the quarterfinals, completed a 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 win over Simone Bolelli on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday.
Nishikori, who hit 30 winners, was up 2-1 in the third set when the match was suspended by rain on Sunday night.
He will face Andrey Kuznetsov in the next round.
Cagla Buyukakcay has become the first woman from Turkey to win a main-draw match at a Grand Slam tournament.
The 83rd-ranked Buyukakcay, who got into the French Open via qualifying, beat 98th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Monday in a first-round match carried over from the night before when rain interrupted play.
Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, who also qualified at Roland Garros, are the first Turkish women to participate in the main draw at any major tennis tournament.
Soylu will face French wild-card entry Virginie Razzano in the first round.
Last month, the 26-year-old Buyukakcay became the first woman from her country to win a WTA title, earning the trophy at a clay-court tournament in Istanbul.
Stan Wawrinka narrowly avoided becoming the first defending champion to lose in the first round of the French Open, coming back to edge 59th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.
The third-seeded Wawrinka was out of sorts for most of the match on a gray, chilly afternoon, winding up with 46 unforced errors, 17 on his preferred backhand wing.
But after trailing 2-1 in sets, Wawrinka took the last two to win what shaped up beforehand as a mismatch in his favor.
Wawrinka is a two-time Grand Slam title winner, while Rosol never has been past the third round at a major tournament.
Plus, Wawrinka had won all four previous matches between the two, including Friday on red clay at Geneva.
Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza has recovered after losing the first set and advanced to the second round of the French Open.
The two-time quarterfinalist from Spain struggled early but rallied to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Stan Wawrinka has pushed Lukas Rosol to a fifth set at the French Open.
Wawrinka is trying to avoid becoming the first defending champion to lose in the tournament's first round.
Rosol led 2-1 in sets, but Wawrinka evened the match by taking the fourth 6-3. Wawrinka had converted only two of 11 break points before using his signature backhand for a cross-court passing winner to go up 5-3 in the fourth, then held serve.
Stan Wawrinka is one set away from becoming the first defending French Open champion to lose in the first round.
The third-seeded Swiss player, struggling for range and rhythm, is losing to Lukas Rosol 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Rosol was broken twice in the second set, but he changed his shirt during the break and came out strong for the third set. He took a 3-0 lead and had a breakpoint for 4-0 that he failed to convert.
He served out the set when Wawrinka shanked a backhand.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has made a less than ideal start at the French Open, losing the first set of his first match 6-4 to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Rosol broke the third-seeded Swiss player in the fifth game with a drop shot that died on the rain-dampened red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier.
Wawrinka has won all four previous matchups against Rosol, including last week on clay en route to taking the title in Geneva.
After a delay of more than 2½ hours, play has finally started at the French Open.
Wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt and shoes, defending champion Stan Wawrinka is up against Lukas Rosol on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Last year, Wawrinka's pink-checkered shorts were a major topic of conversation at Roland Garros, so much so that the Swiss player draped them over the table in front of him during his final news conference. He has opted for a pair of black shorts this year.
The rain at the French Open has eased and the grounds crew at Roland Garros is now sweeping water off the court covers.
Play has been delayed by two hours but matches could be starting soon.
Unlike at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, there is no roof over the center court at the clay-court Grand Slam. A retractable roof is expected to be delivered by 2018.
It is still raining in Paris and French Open organizers have announced there will be no play at least before 1 p.m.
Poor weather is playing havoc with the French Open schedule for the second consecutive day.
Showers over Paris on Monday have forced the organizers to delay the start of play by 1½ hours after only 10 out of 32 matches were completed on Day 1.
Tuesday's forecast is grim but a break in the weather could allow matches to go ahead early in the afternoon.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is set to play Lukas Rosol on Court Philippe Chatrier, while Andy Murray will open his campaign at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament against Radek Stepanek, who qualified for the main draw at the age of 37.
In the women's draw, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is up against 120th-ranked Bojana Jovanovski.