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French Open: Where the coaches are the real stars of the show

Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Toni Nadal: Perhaps the coaches are the most interesting stories at this year's French Open. However, it's unclear how much of a shelf life any of them will have.

Roger is not there, neiher is Serena. Well actually she is, but she is pregnant, so she is in the stands watching her sister Venus' games. The presence of Federer and Williams is being missed at Roland Garros this year. Maria Sharapova wasn't granted a wild card after her doping ban and Angelique Kerber fell in the first round. So so-called "big stories" are at a premium.

The coaches are the stars

On the men's side, all everybody wants to know is whether the "king of clay," Rafael Nadal, will come up against the title holder, Novak Djokovic (pictured above, right) in the semifinals. Nadal vs. Djokovic. Should this come to fruition, a couple of even older men would come into the focus of the media, for the men behind the stars are the secret attraction of this Grand Slam.

Toni Nadal, who as a was part of the reason that Rafael once got to the top of the men's rankings, is planning to withdraw completely from his nephew's team by 2018 at the latest, in view of the influence of his younger counterpart, Carlos Moya.

On the other hand - there is one of the most interesting hirings in the tennis-coaching business in years, when Andre Agassi (above, left) agreed to join Novak Djokovic's team - although the extent of his role is not yet clear. The Serbian parted company with former coach Boris Becker last year and, just before he headed to Paris, he dismissed the rest of his coaching. Only Pepe Imaz, who has been described as a "guru" by his detractors, due to his focus on body and soul, is left from the old team.

And then there was one: Pepe Imaz

However, now Agassi is the most prominent man in the stands surrounding the Philippe-Chatrier court and he seems not to be worried about the on-court success of Djokovic. Sometimes his rests his sunglasses on his bald head, sometimes they are on his nose.

After Djokovic's first-round match, Agassi clapped - exactly four times. This would be all the visible emotion that he would display. Is this the return of Agassi to the professional tennis tour? This is not clear, as both sides have declared this to be a trial. The 47-year-old American has said that he had already planned to be in town anyway, long before getting the call from the 30-year-old Serbian. Agassi and his German wife, Steffi Graf, happened to have an advertising contract with the official timekeeper of the French Open.

This is the first time that this exceptional former player has gotten involved with an exceptional current player. Agassi's predecessor at Djokovic's side, Boris Becker, was so fascinated by the news that he was waiting for Agassi in the the Serbian's team box.

And with regard to the weakness in form of Angelique Kerber, Becker has tirelessly suggested that either he or Graf should come to the rescue. Either one, Becker has suggested, could act as something of a "super coach" for Kerber, who had spoken with Graf often, and even occasionally trained with her at her Las Vegas home. One can hardly imagine the introverted Graf returning to the professional tour, which has become much more of a circus than it used to be. Still, the German fans would love to see Steffi and Angie united in some way.

This would definitely make for a big story - just as the hiring of Stefan Edberg by Federer was a few years ago. But this example also shows how complicated these star pairings can be. Edberg, a star himself in his home country of Sweden, doesn't enjoy being on the road. Federer also seems to have come to the conclusion that his current coach, Ivan Ljubicic, is probably the right man for the final phase of his active career.

Ivan Lendl doesn't seem to like traveling much either, but he did make his way to Paris with Andy Murray anyway. Lendl and does what he always does: Through his sunglasses he quietly observes his student, who in Paris has looked as if he is auditioning for the role of "moaning Myrtle," a character from the Harry Potter series of children's books.

Lendl (left) doesn't made it to Paris

Things can be even harder on the tour for coaches who don't happen to have a big name, and they tend to have a very short lifespan, particularly on the women's side. Sven Groeneveld, who has been Maria Sharapova's coach since 2013, is one exception to this rule.

Apart from him, coaches tend to fall into a couple of categories. There are fathers, such as Piotr Wozniacki or Alexander Zverev senior, and longtimefriends, like Kerber's coach, Torben Beltz. Then there are coaches who are well-known because they have established their own academies, such as Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. On the men's side, Magnus Norman has made a name for himself by helping Stan Wawrinka, the winner of the 2015 French Open, establish himself in the top 10.

Then there are the short-term coaches, like John McEnroe, who was hired for a limited period by Milos Raonic, before he was let go just before the US Open . Mats Wilander spent a very short time as coach of Madison Keys. Players tend to hire such names more in a quest for improvement in the mental side of their game than in physical technique. In the case of Wilander and Keys, the trial lasted only a week. Now Wilander is back in front of the cameras at pan-European broadcaster Eurosport - along with Boris Becker, at least for now.

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2010 French Open Explained

2010 French Open Explained

The 2010 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 109th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 23 May through 6 June 2010. [1]

Roger Federer and Svetlana Kuznetsova were the defending champions. Federer lost to Robin Söderling in the quarterfinals, while Kuznetsova lost to Maria Kirilenko in the third round.

The 2010 French Open also featured the return of four-time champion Justine Henin, who retired immediately before the 2008 French Open, where she was the 3-time defending champion.

Singles players Day-by-day summaries Men's singles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Men's Singles. Rafael Nadal defeated Robin Söderling, 6–4, 6–2, 6–4

  • It was Nadal's 4th title of this year and the 40th of his career. It was his fifth win in six years at Roland Garros and his seventh Grand Slam men's singles victory.
  • Nadal reclaimed the No. 1 ATP ranking with this victory.
  • Nadal's victory also completed a historic 'Clay Slam' for Nadal, seeing him become the first person in history to win all Masters 1000 tournaments on clay (Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid), as well as the French Open, in the same calendar year.
  • This was the second time Nadal had won the French Open without dropping a set.

Women's singles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Women's Singles. Francesca Schiavone defeated Samantha Stosur, 6–4, 7–6 (7–2)

  • Both Schiavone and Stosur were first-time Grand Slam finalists.
  • It was Schiavone's second title of the year, the fourth of her career, and her first major title.

Men's doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Men's Doubles. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjić defeated Lukáš Dlouhý / Leander Paes, 7–5, 6–2

Women's doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Women's Doubles. Serena Williams / Venus Williams defeated Květa Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik, 6–2, 6–3

  • The Williams sisters won their 12th Grand Slam doubles title and 2nd at the French Open. With this, they hold all Grand Slam doubles titles simultaneously.
  • Also, they have won the career women's doubles golden slam for the second time in their respective careers.

Mixed doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Mixed Doubles. Katarina Srebotnik / Nenad Zimonjić defeated Yaroslava Shvedova / Julian Knowle, 4–6, 7–6 (7–5) , [11–9]

  • Srebotnik and Zimonjić both won their fourth Grand Slam mixed doubles title.

Boys' singles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Boys' Singles. Agustín Velotti defeated Andrea Collarini, 6–4, 7–5

Girls' singles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Girls' Singles. Elina Svitolina defeated Ons Jabeur, 6–2, 7–5

  • Svitolina won her first Junior Grand Slam title.

Boys' doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Boys' Doubles. Duilio Beretta / Roberto Quiroz defeated Facundo Argüello / Agustín Velotti, 6–3, 6–2

  • Beretta and Quiroz win their first junior Grand Slam title in doubles.

Girls' doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Girls' Doubles. Tímea Babos / Sloane Stephens defeated Lara Arruabarrena Vecino / María Teresa Torró Flor, 6–2, 6–3

  • Babos and Stephens win their first junior Grand Slam title in doubles.

Other events Legends under 45 doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Legends Under 45 Doubles. Yevgeny Kafelnikov / Andriy Medvedev defeated Goran Ivanišević / Michael Stich, 6 - 1, 6 - 1

Legends over 45 doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Legends Over 45 Doubles. John McEnroe / Andrés Gómez defeated Mansour Bahrami / Henri Leconte, 6–1, 6–1

Women's Legends doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Women's Legends Doubles. Martina Navratilova / Jana Novotná defeated Iva Majoli / Nathalie Tauziat, 6–4, 6–2

Wheelchair men's singles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Wheelchair Men's Singles. Shingo Kunieda defeated Stefan Olsson, 6–4, 6–0

  • Kunieda won his tenth wheelchair Grand Slam singles title, and his fourth at the French Open.

Wheelchair women's singles

  • Vergeer won her 15th wheelchair Grand Slam singles title, and her fourth at the French Open.

Wheelchair men's doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Wheelchair Men's Doubles. Stéphane Houdet / Shingo Kunieda defeated Robin Ammerlaan / Stefan Olsson, 6–0, 5–7, [10–8]

  • Houdet wins his fourth wheelchair Grand Slam doubles title and the first at French Open, and Kunieda wins his ninth wheelchair Grand Slam doubles title and second at French.

Wheelchair women's doubles

See main article: 2010 French Open – Wheelchair Women's Doubles. Daniela Di Toro / Aniek van Koot defeated Esther Vergeer / Sharon Walraven, 3–6, 6–3, [10–4]

  • Di Toro and van Koot win their first wheelchair Grand Slam title in doubles.

Singles seeds

The following are the seeded players and notable players who withdrew from the event. Rankings are as of 17 May 2010

Withdrawn players Wildcard entries

Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws.

Men's singles wildcard entries
  1. Ryan Sweeting
  2. Carsten Ball
  3. David Guez
  4. Nicolas Mahut
  5. Gianni Mina
  6. Josselin Ouanna
  7. Laurent Recouderc
  8. Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Women's singles wildcard entries
  1. Christina McHale
  2. Jarmila Groth
  3. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
  4. Claire Feuerstein
  5. Stéphanie Foretz
  6. Mathilde Johansson
  7. Kristina Mladenovic
  8. Olivia Sanchez
Men's doubles wildcard entries
  1. Richard Gasquet / Sébastien Grosjean
  2. Marc Gicquel / Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  3. Nicolas Devilder / Paul-Henri Mathieu
  4. Thierry Ascione / Laurent Recouderc
  5. Jonathan Eysseric / Benoît Paire
  6. Guillaume Rufin / Alexandre Sidorenko
Women's doubles wildcard entries
  1. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro / Pauline Parmentier
  2. Kristina Mladenovic / Selima Sfar
  3. Irena Pavlovic / Laura Thorpe
  4. Séverine Brémond Beltrame / Youlia Fedossova
  5. Sophie Lefèvre / Aurélie Védy
  6. Claire Feuerstein / Stéphanie Foretz
  7. Mathilde Johansson / Camille Pin
Mixed doubles wildcard entries
  1. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro / Thierry Ascione
  2. Julie Coin / Nicolas Mahut
  3. Mathilde Johansson / Sébastien de Chaunac
  4. Kristina Mladenovic / Alexandre Sidorenko
  5. Pauline Parmentier / Marc Gicquel
  6. Aurélie Védy / Michaël Llodra
Qualifiers entries Men's Qualifiers entries

  1. Jorge Aguilar
  2. Thiago Alves
  3. Pablo Andújar
  4. Simone Bolelli
  5. Somdev Devvarman
  6. Martin Fischer
  7. Teymuraz Gabashvili
  8. Stefano Galvani
  9. Tobias Kamke
  10. Benoît Paire
  11. Olivier Patience
  12. Julian Reister
  13. Yuri Schukin
  14. Jesse Witten
  15. Michael Yani
  16. Grega Žemlja

The following players received the lucky loser spot:

  1. Dieter Kindlmann
  2. Santiago Ventura

Women's Qualifiers entries

  1. Misaki Doi
  2. Heidi El Tabakh
  3. Sophie Ferguson
  4. Simona Halep
  5. Ekaterina Ivanova
  6. Kaia Kanepi
  7. Nuria Llagostera Vives
  8. Kurumi Nara
  9. Ksenia Pervak
  10. Anastasia Pivovarova
  11. Chanelle Scheepers
  12. Zhang Shuai

The following player received the lucky loser spot:

  1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Withdrawals

The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament, but withdrew with injuries or personal reasons.

Men's Singles

  • Mario Ančić →replaced by Santiago Ventura
  • Igor Andreev →replaced by Kevin Anderson
  • James Blake →replaced by Michał Przysiężny
  • Nikolay Davydenko →replaced by Paolo Lorenzi
  • Juan Martín del Potro →replaced by Daniel Gimeno Traver
  • Tommy Haas →replaced by Ricardo Mello
  • Ivo Karlović →replaced by Kei Nishikori
  • Florian Mayer →replaced by Dieter Kindlmann
  • Carlos Moyá →replaced by Robby Ginepri
  • David Nalbandian →replaced by Taylor Dent
  • Gilles Simon →replaced by Igor Kunitsyn
  • Radek Štěpánek →replaced by Robin Haase
Women's Singles
  • Kim Clijsters →replaced by Stéphanie Dubois
  • Anna-Lena Grönefeld →replaced by Ekaterina Bychkova
  • Sabine Lisicki →replaced by Johanna Larsson
  • Sania Mirza →replaced by Anne Keothavong
  • Peng Shuai →replaced by Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Urszula Radwańska →replaced by Katie O'Brien

Point distribution Prize money

All prize money is in Euros (€); doubles prize money is distributed per pair.

Men's and Women's Singles
  • Winners: €1,120,000
  • Runners-up: €560,000
  • Semi-finalists: €280,000
  • Quarter-finalists: €140,000
  • Fourth round: €70,000
  • Third round: €42,000
  • Second round: €25,000
  • First round: €15,000
Men's and Women's Doubles
  • Winners: €320,000
  • Runners-up: €160,000
  • Semi-finalists: €80,000
  • Quarter-finalists: €40,000
  • Third round: €22,000
  • Second round: €11,000
  • First round: €7,500
Mixed Doubles
  • Winners: €100,000
  • Runners-up: €50,000
  • Semi-finalists: €25,000
  • Quarter-finalists: €13,000
  • Second round: €7,000
  • First round: €3,500
Media coverage
  • Australia: Nine, Fox Sports
  • Canada: TSN, RDS
  • Brazil: ESPN, ESPN Brasil
  • United States: NBC, ESPN2, Tennis Channel[5]
  • Europe: Eurosport
    • Domestic rights have also been sold to the following broadcasters, who may only cover the later rounds or not show any coverage at all, depending on the progress of domestic players:
    • Austria: ORF
    • Belgium: RTBF, VRT
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT
    • Croatia: HRT
    • Cyprus: CyBC
    • Denmark: TV2 Sport
    • France: France Télévisions, Orange Sport
    • Finland: MTV3, FST5
    • Germany: ARD, ZDF
    • Greece: ERT, ANT1, Mega Channel
    • Ireland: TG4
    • Montenegro: RTCG
    • The Netherlands: NOS
    • Romania: TVR
    • Russia: Eurosport, Russia 2
    • Serbia: RTS
    • Slovenia: RTV Slovenija
    • Spain: TVE
    • Sweden: SVT
    • Switzerland: SRG-SSR
    • Turkey: TRT
    • United Kingdom: BBC
  • People's Republic of China: CCTV
  • Hong Kong: Now Sports
  • India: ESPN STAR Sports
  • Japan: WOWOW
  • Macao: TDM
  • Malaysia: Astro
  • Morocco: SNRT
  • New Zealand: Sky Sport
  • Thailand: TV7, True Sport
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Latin America: ESPN Latin America
  • The Philippines: Balls, Studio 23
  • Singapore: Starhub

Miscellaneous

Rafael Nadal's victory marked for the 5th consecutive year the No.2 seed has gone on to win the tournament. (Rafael Nadal in 2006,2007,2008 and 2010 and Roger Federer in 2009.)

External links Notes and References
  1. Web site: Official Site of the French Open. Association of Tennis Professionals. 22 April 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100527120404/http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Roland-Garros.aspx. 27 May 2010 . no.
  2. Web site: [https://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-frenchopen-simonout Simon out of French Open, Kunitsyn in]. Yahoo! Sports. 18 April 2010.
  3. Web site: [https://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-frenchopen-karlovicwithdraws Karlovic withdraws from French Open]. Yahoo! Sports. 19 April 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100523175221/http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-frenchopen-karlovicwithdraws. 23 May 2010 . no.
  4. Web site: Kim Clijsters, Nikolay Davydenko Withdraw from French Open. 14 April 2010.
  5. Web site: Roland Garros TV schedule. Roland Garros. 23 May 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100523205536/http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/about/tvschedule.html. 23 May 2010. yes. dmy.

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Pippa Middleton wants to let you know at this year - s French Open she is where all the action is

Pippa Middleton wants to let you know at this year’s French Open she is where all the action is.

Images sourced- Dailymailco.uk: Pippa Middleton- this year's crowd favorite at the French Open.

Who is the dashing French admirer accompanying Pippa Middleton at the French Open?

Pippa always serves better than you.

The proletarians of France and frog leg connoisseurs are all smiling deeply in their sleep today with the common knowledge that her Royal hotness Pippa Middleton has now descended upon Roland Garros to be amongst them.

dailymailco.uk: Fresh from her trip to Madrid with friends, girl-about-town Pippa Middleton has headed off to the continent again – this time to watch a spot of tennis.

The 27-year-old, dubbed Her Royal Hotness after winning a host of admirers for her star turn as maid of honour at sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William, was spotted taking in the action at Roland Garros.

Slimline Pippa, whose figure has prompted adoring Facebook groups and internet sites, donned a short skirt and on-trend peeptoe heels which showed off her tanned and toned legs.

Introducing Pippa Middleton serving for the first set.

With her flexible schedule and now working for her ex George Percy, Pippa has been fortunately been able to grace an obsessed world with an encore presence, delighting the world and the titillated legions preying for the next installment of the imminent rise of a popular icon.

This summer as the world braces itself for the on court grunts of fabled tennis players out of the corner of its eye it will be grunting itself as it focuses on the ace performance of the real star of this year’s French Open.

Don’t you wish you could volley as good as Pippa?

Hushed silence as Pippa assuages game strategy. Pippa Middleton with a commanding lead in the second set. Pippa Middleton appraising her game strategy. Pippa Middleton as she prepares to serve for match point. Pippa Middleton- game, set and match- this year's undisputed winner of the French Open.

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