“I want to send a message to everyone around the world. We are facing one of the worst moments that I think we remember in this world, facing and fighting against this virus. Just keep going, stay positive and all the very best, together probably we will go through this and we will beat the virus soon.”
– Inspiring words from Rafael Nadal during his victory speech on Sunday.
“I think this is what women's tennis is struggling with. That's why we have so many new Grand Slam winners because we are not as consistent as Rafa, Roger, and Novak. That's why my goal is going to be to be consistent. It's going to be really hard to achieve that.”
– Trailblazing Iga Swiatek sets her sights on becoming a more consistent player after winning her maiden major title in Paris.
“Yeah, he actually said I should improve my serve. That's what I did, actually. So I think my serve is pretty good now. So, yeah, it helped me a lot here.”
– Roland-Garros boys' singles and doubles champion Dominic Stephan Stricker got some solid advice from Roger Federer during practice earlier this year. It paid big dividends for him in Paris.
“Being in a semi-final here, it was great achievement for me, definitely. I'm very happy and glad and grateful for that, for sure. I could be at home watching and not even play tennis anymore.”
– Three years after making her return to tennis in Paris after a traumatic attack in her home which led to career-threatening surgery to her hand, Petra Kvitova is grateful for the opportunity to chase her dreams, and the connection she has made with Roland-Garros.
“No, I don't want to wake up.”
– Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska did not want to be disturbed during her dream run to the semi-finals, where she became the first women’s singles qualifier to reach the last four in Roland-Garros history.
“For sure he has reached almost perfection, Novak, in his game style, the way he plays, which is unbelievable to see honestly. That inspires me a lot to go out and work and try to reach that perfectionism, that ability to have everything on the court.”
– Stefanos Tsitsipas had high praise for Novak Djokovic after falling to the world No.1 in five sets in the semi-finals.