World News – CA – The Latest: Goffin, 11th seed, eliminated by Sinner


David Goffin became the first seed to be eliminated from Roland-Garros

The 11th-seeded Belgian lost 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 to 19-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy, who beat Goffin for the second time this year after winning over hard courts in Rotterdam in February

Sinner demonstrated his talent as one of the best young players in the world by winning the ATP Next Gen finals last year. He will then face French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi or Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori

In the women’s draw, tenth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 in cold conditions

The US Open finalist plays either Venus Williams or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the second round

Less than an hour after the start of Roland Garros, the cold and wet conditions of the Major which was postponed from her usually nicer place in May and June cause grunts and a tantrum from Victoria Azarenka

The 10-seeded Non Azarenka fumed when match officials did not immediately fire her and her first-round opponent Danka Kovinic to the locker room during a rain stoppage on Sunday on the court by Suzanne Lenglen

Azarenka was leading 2-1 in the first set when a match supervisor asked them to wait a few minutes in their seats on the court to see if the rain would fall.

«  I’m going to be frozen,  » she complained  » No I’m not waiting here for a few minutes because I’m cold It’s eight degrees, eight degrees, I live in Florida, I am used to hot weather  »

Wrapped in a puffy pink coat, Azarenka asked Kovinic if she wanted to wait on the court The 74th-ranked Montenegrin player agreed she didn’t

 » This is ridiculous It’s too cold,  » Azarenka muttered, before leaving the court.  » What’s the point? Sitting here like ducks  »

Postponed and its crowds almost all driven out, the French Open is finally underway, defying both the coronavirus and the autumn rain with the game for the first time under the new roof of the renovated performance field of Philippe Chatrier

A crowd, if you can call it that, of around 150 spectators were on hand to watch 11th seed David Goffin and Jannik Sinner of Italy hit the first balls of the main draw on Sunday under the roof of Chatrier, which means the French Open joins other majors as being able to guarantee the game in bad weather

It will need it: the forecasts are grim for the next few days of its fall slot imposed by covid, pushed back from May to June

With only 1000 spectators allowed per day, cool weather and players in full testing, the fortnight promises to be unique, far from the usual Grand Slam tennis festival on clay courts west of Paris

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