French Open 2016 Day 1 on Sunday: Petra Kvitova avoids upset, Nick Kyrgios advances and rain suspends play in Paris.
A review of Day 1 at the French Open in Paris, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more.
• No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova avoided the early upset in the first match on Philippe Chatrier on Sunday, outlasting Danka Kovinic 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the second round.
• Nick Kyrgios finished off Marco Cecchinato 7–6, 7–6, 6–4 in his opening match on Sunday, but not without drama. The 21-year-old Aussie was warned for yelling at a ballkid for a towel and referenced Novak Djokovic's incident with an umpire in Rome last week.
"So when Djokovic pushes a line umpire out of the way, he gets nothing. That's all right? Tell the whole world. Fucking bullshit" - KYRGIOS.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) May 22, 2016
Check out this tweener from Kyrgios—and quick reaction—from Cecchinato:
• After two hours 59 minutes, Frenchman Benoit Paire defeated Radu Albot, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4 to advance to the second round. He plays Teymuraz Gabashvili next.
• Before rain suspended play, No. 5-seed Kei Nishikori, the highest men’s seed playing on Sunday, led Simone Bolelli 6–1, 7–5, 2–1.
• Fresh off a win over Marin Cilic in the Geneva Open final, defending champion Stan Wawrinka returned to Roland Garros—now with his own Snapchat filter.
• 2015 finalist Lucie Safarova looked strong in a 6–0, 6–2 win over Vitalia Diatchenko. The No. 11-seed has spent several months recovering from a bacterial infection that sidelined her for months. “I know I’m defending the final," she said. "But I also know that there was a big possibility that I wouldn’t be able to play at all. It’s been a tough trip to get to this point. I’m just happy that I’m on the tennis court and I hope this is the way I will go into the French Open." Read more about Safarova's recovery here.
• When play was officially called on Sunday, six matches were still in progress. Those matches will resume on Monday—the full order of play can be found here.
• The following matches originally scheduled for Day 1 on Sunday have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Monday: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs. Garbine Muguruza; Jeremy Chardy vs. Leonardo Mayer; Milos Raonic vs. Janko Tipsarevic; Simona Halep vs. Nao Hibino; Karolina Pliskova vs. Shelby Rogers; John Isner vs. John Millman; Myrtille Georges vs. Christina McHale; Grigor Dimitrov vs. Viktor Troicki; Laslo Djere vs. Jordan Thompson;Margarita Gasparyan vs. Sloane Stephens; Elena Vesnina vs. Madison Brengle; Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Kyle Edmund; Ivo Karlovic vs. Albert Montanes; Veronica Cepede Royg vs. Sabine Lisicki; Zarina Diyas vs. Carina Witthoeft; Roberto Carballes Baena vs. Adam Pavlasek.
Hot shots of the Day
Dustin Brown played through qualifying into the main draw, and hit this tweener in his opening match on Sunday:
Yaroslava Shvedova hit this hot shot vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening set.
Tweets of the Day
The Day in Photos
• CoCo Vandeweghe is ready for Roland Garros, despite the rain. She starts off against Britain’s Naomi Broady on Monday.
Daily Data Viz
Each day, SI and IBM will bring you data-driven infographics based on the top storylines and stats from Roland Garros. Click the image to view the graphic.
Lefties control the clay: Left-handed players have dominated the clay courts, with Guillermo Vilas, Rafael Nadal and Thomas Muster leading the pack.
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova lead the women's draw, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut and Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau top the men's bracket. Other interesting teams to watch include Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, Nicole Gibbs and Heather Watson (who faced off in singles in the first round on Sunday) and Daria Gavrilova and Elina Svitolina.
This post will be updated.