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Quotes from the French Open 2014 - Week 1

Roland Garros Day 1.
by Leigh Walsh
Monday 2 June 2014

Wimbledon.com has put together some of the best soundbites from Week 1 at Roland Garros...

“My relationship started out slow. It was very ugly in the beginning” – Maria Sharapova on adapting to clay

“I don’t think the tennis tour is the place to have friends. For me, it’s all competition. It’s not like we’re teammates” – Eugenie Bouchard likes to keep some distance between her and her fellow pros

“For me it's not about ups and downs.  It's more about saving my a** every day (laughter). To be honest, I just came here without preparation.  So, I'm, you know ... surviving” – An honest Gael Monfils tells it like it is

“Like I said, same question, I do not know, you guys. I do not know” – Sloane Stephens has no idea why she produces her best tennis at the Slams

“I cannot tell you the exact way we work together, because I don't want you to discover everything, obviously. But we do have certain agreements and routines that we started respecting. Everybody's contributing in their own way to my performances and to my success. So I'm really glad that it's all fitting together, because it took a little bit of time” – Novak Djokovic explains how he works with two coaches - Boris Becker and Marian Vajda

“I like it a lot. It gives me some inspiration. Now they are calmer, they can remain in the stands, and that's great” – Roger Federer discusses what it’s like to have his twin daughters watching on from his box

“How good is Taylor Townsend! #talent. And she has a great smile! Gutsy win” – Andy Murray tweets his support to the American teenager who reached the third round of a Grand Slam at the first attempt

"I would pass out right now. Wow. Wimbledon is like my favourite tournament, I swear, I love the grass. I just love the tournament, the atmosphere. That would … oh, my God, I'd probably cry. I'm not a crier, either” – Taylor Townsend imagines what it would be like to receive a wild card into Wimbledon.

“Well, I made a lot of bad decisions career-wise. Basically, I’m jumping on the last train. I'm 25, so this was my last opportunity to be really successful” – Ernests Gulbis on getting hunger back

“I think everybody wants this crisis" - Dominic Thiem plays down mumblings of Rafael Nadal’s demise

"I've spoken to a few people, male and female" – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says he's open to appointing a female coach

"My mom was probably a little bit royal obsessed, so yeah" - Eugenie Bouchard reveals she and her sister Beatrice were named after the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York

“You can not lose a match like this. I'm really an idiot" – No.12 seed Flavia Pennetta says it how it is after falling in the second round to the lower-ranked Johanna Larsso

"Congratulations? I lost…Are you serious? Did you watch the match?" Nicolas Mahut encounters a confused journalist, who went into a news conference believing the Frenchman had won

“We had a nice chat. He’s a tennis player so I asked him how long he has been playing and how he is enjoying his time as a ball kid." Novak Djokovic after inviting a ball kid to sit with him during a rain delay

"I usually allow myself a couple here and there, but on tougher occasions I allow myself more than usual." Maria Sharapova talks us through her macaroon regim 

"I think it was 5 out of 10. Could be better" - Gael Monfils on his much talked about dive against Struff

“At least I won't have any points to defend next year” – Serena Williams looks on the bright side after her shock defeat to Garbine Muguruza  

Follow the French Open live on ITV and at rolandgarros.com


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