Quotes of the day
“Definitely I think this tournament I have had a feeling that was different to the other Grand Slams, or, like, every other Grand Slam that I have played, because usually I find it very freeing and fun, and this time around I was kind of tense the entire time.”
-- Naomi Osaka explains the heightened attention as the world No.1 after bombing out against Czech Katerina Siniakova on Saturday.
“I don't want to say I feel depressed, but I do. I think it's a natural part of life, especially if you train super hard for moments like these, and then you don't perform how you want to. I feel like saying that ‘I'm depressed’ is a very strong statement. Because I felt that way before, and it's not as extreme as that. So I would just say I'm very disappointed in how I played, and I wish I could have done better.”
-- Osaka puts the gravity of her shock third-round defeat into perspective.
“Me and Marcelo Melo … we found a new thing for us. We take out the scooters that are everywhere, those companies, you can hire the scooters and we go to restaurants only by scooters. We haven't taken the car one time. Two days ago we actually maybe went a bit too far. We had dinner close to the Eiffel Tower, which is 5.5km away. It was tradition. He's very superstitious. We had to take the scooters back, which took us about 45 minutes, 11pm at night.”
-- Alexander Zverev reveals he and good friend Marcelo Melo’s preferred mode of transport in the French capital.
“I'm just pretty far away, but that's the optimistic part is I haven't been able to be on the court as much as I would have. That's OK. At least I can start trying to put the time in now.”
-- Serena Williams discusses how far she is from peak conditioning and practice and draws the positives from an early departure.
Reporter: “If I have it right, you just tweeted out an interesting saying: ‘Earth and water have always been as they are’. Could you reflect on that? What does that mean to you?”
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I have no clue what that means, because that's an ancient Greek quote, and I don't speak ancient Greek. All of these quotes that I write are all in ancient Greek. It is something about water and Earth combined together. There are some interesting ones online you can find. I have been doing it in Australia, as well. I have been posting in ancient Greek. It seems cool to me. I don't know why.”
-- Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas draws inspiration from his forebears.