French Open watch: 'So what happened out there?'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm •  Published: May 26, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Poor Nicolas Mahut. Probably was deflating enough that he lost his first-round match at the French Open. Then the Frenchman went to his news conference.

That began with this curious exchange with a reporter, according to the official transcript, which wound up making the rounds on Twitter:

Q. Congratulations.

NICOLAS MAHUT: Congratulations? I lost.

Q. You lost? Okay. So what happened out there?

NICOLAS MAHUT: Are you serious? Did you watch the match?

Q. No, I didn't. I was told that you won. I'm sorry.

— Howard Fendrich, http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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NO REMATCH: So much for John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut redux.

Those two men met in the longest match in tennis history — more than 11 hours spread over three days in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010, with Isner winning 70-68 in the fifth set — and then, incredibly, were forced to play each other in the same round at the same tournament a year later.

They were drawn last week to have a possible third career Grand Slam meeting in the second round of the French Open. But it won't happen, because France's Mahut lost his opener Monday, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin. Isner, an American seeded 10th, won his first-round match Sunday.

Mahut said the thought of facing the 6-foot-10 Isner once more did cross his mind, "because everybody talked about it."

"Obviously," Mahut added, "would've been very nice to have played Isner."

Said Isner: "We always seem to get near each other when it comes around this time of year. ... He's such a good guy, so I'm always rooting for him to win."

— Howard Fendrich, http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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STAYING IN SHAPE: Samantha Stosur sewed up her first match at the French Open in straight sets Monday, five days after getting her leg sewn up.


by Brianna Bailey
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Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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