Day 1 Recap: Off-court drama develops as Halep, Wawrinka win
PARIS – Catch up on the results and news from Day 1 at the French Open in Paris.
Simona Halep shakes off her nerves to win: The No. 3 seed admitted she felt the nerves as she walked back on Court Philippe Chatrier for the first time since the final last year. It wasn't a convincing performance, but the Romanian got through with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Evgeniya Rodina.
Roger Federer cruises to victory, then calls out organizers for security issues: The No. 2 seed had no problems with Alejandro Falla, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 with ease. But after being accosted by a fan who ran past security on Court Philippe Chatrier to snag a selfie, Federer laid into the tournament's security issues. "Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that that's where you do your job, that's where you want to feel safe," Federer said. "And so clearly I'm not happy about it. "
Tournament director Gilbert Ysern called press conference to address the incident, and while he acknowledged Federer's concerns he also dismissed the incident as a one-off. "Of course his comments made sense," Ysern said. "He was pissed off with what happened in court. He has good grounds for being unhappy.
"I'm not going to tell you I'm happy with what happened this afternoon. But honestly, at this stage there is no reason for us to change the security procedures. They are organized; it was just a lack of judgment this afternoon."
Meanwhile, everyone has an opinion: Tour de France champion Chris Froome wasn't exactly feeling too bad for Federer's close encounter:
Stan Wawrinka blasts tournament for making his private life public: Wawrinka put on a clinic in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over Marsel Ilhan. Afterwards he took tournament organizers to task after the official French Open website published an article about his recent divorce and personal life. "I saw the article last night," Wawrinka said after his match. "I told the tournament that I wasn't really happy about it, and I don't think it was great for the tournament to do that s*** article. That's it. But after that, you know, I'm here to play tennis and to focus on my game. I can put that on the side, and that's it."
Once again, Ysern was left to explain how the post got on the official site. "That's true there was a paper that was written by a journalist and that was not appropriate," he said. "It's the least we can say. And the person in charge of proofreading missed that. It happens.... And here again, we convey the message, we are stricter, more firmness [sic], we have to pay attention when we proofread the papers."
Steve Johnson scores a big upset: The American, ranked No. 56, beat one of the hottest players on clay in 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round. Johnson was two points from a straight set win before letting Garcia-Lopez back in the match. But Johnson did well to collect himself and rebound from a break down in the final frame to notch the biggest win of his career.
Mikhail Youzhny's no good, very bad day: The Russian veteran, frustrated from his poor play, bashed himself in the head 10 times with his racket and then retired after two sets to Damir Dzumher. At least he didn't draw blood this time.
Ernests Gulbis and Ana Ivanovic win through: Gulbis comes into the French Open with a good deal of pressure after making the semifinals last year. He also comes in with just two wins in 2015. But he had no problems on Sunday, beating Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. No. 7 seed Ivanovic had a tougher time avoiding an upset, needing three sets to beat Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Three seeds lose: In addition to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 31 Caroline Garcia lost to No. 165 Donna Vekic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Peng Shuai retired after losing eight straight games to Polona Hercog. All in all it was a straight-forward Sunday.
Scoreline of the day: Bojana Jovanovski d. Lesia Tsurenko 1-6, 6-1, 6-0.
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