French Open 2016 Day 8 highlights: Shelby Rogers breaking in, Mirza-Hingis crashing out
Here are the highlights from the eight day of French Open 2016.
We are one week into the French Open 2016 and we have already lost more than what was expected. After Roger Federer missed out, Rafael Nadal, the one who made Roland Garros his own, had to pull out due to a a wrist injury. Seeds continued to tumble — Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori from the men's singles draw and women's doubles top seed Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis — bowed out in the first week itself.
Here are the highlights from the eight day of French Open 2016. For more, you can follow our live blog here.
- Raonic, Nishikori crash out
- Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Shelby Rogers reach first Slam quarter-finals
Who's saying what:
"I'm the CEO of the Milos Raonic Tennis."
- Milos Raonic making it clear that he will have the final say when it comes to the variety of opinions which may come his way now that he has brought John McEnroe into his coaching team ahead of Wimbledon.
"100% tears all the time. Sad, happy, hungry, reading a book, watching a movie. Those little puppy commercials, adopt a puppy. No, change the channel. Can't do it."
- Shelby Rogers on her tendency to weep on a regular basis.
"Belgrade is really famous for night life and I thought Bernie was going to go out every night. No. He was quiet and he didn't want to go anywhere. He was tired every day and went to early to sleep, which is a great thing for him."
- Viktor Troicki on training with controversial Australian Bernard Tomic in the Serbian capital.
Kids' stuff for Stan
- Defending champion Stan Wawrinka was happy to play a few shots with a ballboy while last-16 opponent Viktor Troicki took a medical timeout in the third set.
"I was a little bit bored, was waiting for him, was talking to the ball kid. I asked him if he was playing tennis. I said, Okay, let's play," said the Swiss third seed.
Last among equals
- Shock quarter-finalist Shelby Rogers just made the main draw for the French Open as the last direct acceptance otherwise she would have had to negotiate qualifying.
"I think the initial cut I was last in French Open, last in Wimbledon. Made my goal, but just barely, and so, yeah, I have to set new goals," said the world number 108.
It's just business
- Albert Ramos-Vinalos was studying for a degree online in business administration while he was playing tennis last year. He said he will take it up again once his career ends.
Venus no expert on Zika
- Venus Williams admits that nothing can prepare her for commenting on the Zika virus and its effects on the Olympic Games.
"It could be a concern. I'm not an expert on pathogens. I've watched a lot of movies like Outbreak and stuff, but it didn't leave me in a position I could comment on this stuff," said the American veteran.
50 - number of Grand Slams that Wawrinka has now played with Magnus Norman as his coach.
108 - world ranking of Shelby Rogers
2011 - the last time that Albert Ramos-Vinolas had won a match at Roland Garros before this year.
10,908 - Twitter followers of Ramos-Vinolas just after his win over Raonic compared to 9.6 million for his more famous compatriot, Rafael Nadal.
With inputs from AFP
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Nishikori said he had not reached out to Osaka following her defeat, but planned to message her to show his support.