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• Video: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova did an exhibition event in Paris on Thursday. Here’s behind-the-scenes video. Gotta love Federer’s inability to keep a straight face during the photoshoot. “Am I the only guy smiling?”
• Christopher Clarey catches up with Virginie Razzano, the Frenchwoman who beat Serena Williams in the first round of the French Open last year.
Razzano said that she and Williams had not spoken since their match but that she had spotted Williams twice: at Wimbledon last year and then again at the U.S. Open. Razzano said Williams gave her dark looks on both occasions, something Williams does not recall.
“It’s true that she looked at me with far from friendly eyes,” Razzano said. “I understand. If I put myself in her place I could understand that. It’s something very hard to digest. I think she had a hard time. I don’t know if she’s better. I think she is. Her tennis certainly is all better.
“But I don’t have a bad feeling or relationship with her. In 2011, she came up to me in the gym at Wimbledon after I lost Stéphane and she gave me her condolences and we talked for five or 10 minutes.
“If she wants to talk to me again one day, I’d be open to it, but that will depend only on her.”
Williams did not sound bitter in a recent interview. “She’s such a strong woman,” Williams said. “I wasn’t happy for her at that point because I was going through my own thing. My struggles seemed bigger than hers at the time of the French Open, but I also was happy for her to do well.”
• Not be outdone, Doug Robson talks to Robin Soderling, the last man to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. Soderling has been sidelined for two years with mono.
Like it or not, that tectonic win remains etched in the public consciousness as his defining moment. It does not occupy the same level of real estate in Soderling’s head.
“Of course I had some of my biggest success in Paris in the French Open,” he explained. “I beat Nadal in 2009, which was great. … But I think I’m even more proud of what I did in 2010 when I defended my runner-up and beat Roger in the quarters. It’s one thing to reach a Grand Slam final, but to do two in a row makes me really proud.”
• Victoria Azarenka says the French Open is her No. 1 priority in 2013. She also says she’s now 6 feet tall and doctors have told her she might keep growing until she’s 25.
At 6-feet tall Azarenka does not believe she is anywhere near her physical potential.
“That’s really exciting,” she said. “I haven’t even stopped growing yet.”
She said she has been told by doctors that she might keep growing until she reaches 25. She also has a “new angle in nutrition,” learning the importance of balance.
• French Open. No, Roland Garros. French Open! No, Roland Garros!
• Bonus Video: This Head (Red) ad features Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Sloane Stephens, and it is very funny.
• Non-tennis: Only in Japan: 3-D latte foam art.