‘McSteamy, where are you at?’ Best quotes from Week 1 at the French Open

PARIS – From Taylor Swift to McSteamy, the topics discussed in the Roland Garros interview room during week 1 were diverse. Here are the best jokes and insights from the first three rounds in Paris:

“I haven’t seen Andy Murray since Madrid because he’s not here, but after he won a Challenger I texted him. I said, ‘Congratulations.’ He actually answered me, so I was really happy about that.

He said: “Thank you and good luck at Roland Garros.” Maybe that’s why I’m playing so well now. — Mirra Andreeva

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“My mother was born and raised in Prague and I am fluent in Czech. That’s the only reason I’m good at tennis because I’m half Czech.” — Kayla Day

“Sometimes it’s important to mention age, but as a player and when I’m going through that, it gets a bit annoying. Because I feel like I’m the type of person I don’t need to be complimented because of my age.” I prefer to be complimented just for my game, not for things I do, no matter what age. ” — Coco Gauff

“As my mother says, you never know if it’s a good draw until you’ve played it. So let’s see how it goes.” — Alize Cornet

“I think if it’s meant to be, I’ll make it one day. If not, I will have a daughter and make her win Wimbledon. You always have options.” – Ons Jabeur

“You will never always play 100% unless you are now Alcaraz and Iga.” — Bianca Andreescu

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“I don’t really want to talk about it [the 6-0 ‘Iga’s Bakery’ jokes]’Cause I really understand why people do that, because it’s fun and tennis is entertainment and everything else. But from a player’s perspective, I want to be respectful to my opponents and you don’t see what’s going on behind the scenes. Sometimes it’s not easy to play such games, and sometimes it’s not easy for the opponents either.

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“I don’t want to talk about the bakery. Twitter can talk about it, but I’ll just focus on tennis.” — Iga Swiatek

“When I step onto the pitch, I just try to think about the fighting spirit that we all have in Ukraine and how Ukrainians are fighting for their values ​​and for their freedom in Ukraine. And I, I’m fighting here on my side.” own front line.

“I can’t be sad. I can’t seem to get distracted. I’m just going to lose, you know?” — Elina Svitolina

“Honestly, believe it or not, [The Miami Heat] The win, going 3-0 up and then going up 3 points really helped me in my first round because I figured if they didn’t freak out in Game 7, I shouldn’t freak out after winning the first set either have lost. and that’s what I literally said to myself during the changeover. — Coco Gauff

“I always say the closest matches are the matches where people play juniors together or are from the same country and know each other really well. This is the hardest character to play in my opinion. Even if the person is 50 spots below you, having trained with that person as a kid makes the game much more difficult than playing against the world No. 1.” – Sloane Stephens

“The key [to playing against big hitters] is to play every single point, not get upset about the thousand winners of the opponent and hope for the best.” – Daria Kasatkina

“The dream? I know Djokovic has done 22 Grand Slams or 23, so I want to go to 25 if it’s possible.” — Mirra Andreeva

“When I was younger and a bit confused about life and as a teenager listening to Taylor Swift, I didn’t feel alone. Also, I learned English by listening to her songs, so she was always kind of close to me.” — Iga Swiatek

“You’re trying to impress [famous people in the stands] because it’s someone famous. They master their craft. You want to show them that you’re good at your craft.

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“I remember Eric Dane, he was in my box at Indian Wells in 2019. That was really cool. McSteamy, where are you? I need you back.” — Bianca Andreescu

“I think Hawk-Eye just takes the guesswork out of it and it takes away that kind of feeling. So you kind of have to keep going mentally because there’s nothing you can do about it. I think in that sense it helps.”

“But yeah, of course I don’t think it’s 100% correct. Elena [Ostapenko] He probably wants to conduct a third-party investigation. Let’s test the actual accuracy of this. –Jessica Pegula

“Sometimes I try in practice – I try my best not to do it in games – but sometimes in practice a few racquets end up in the trash. I’m trying to behave better in the games because I don’t want to get one.” I’m breaking the code and I don’t want to be fined.

“I remember being fined seven grand after breaking my racquet here in the quarterfinals two or three years ago. So I thought to myself, I’m not going to waste seven grand again. It was more than just a lesson I learned.” — Coco Gauff

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