Thursday, May 27, 2004

Damn Those French

When the French players come to Roland Garros for the French Open, it’s like the Catholics going to the Vatican. Andre Agassi found that out in the first round when he lost to an obscure French player and Andy Roddick got a cold bath in that logic in the second round when he was stunned by another unknown Frenchman, Olivier Mutis, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.

In the opening round two Frenchmen set an admirable record -- Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement played a record six hours and 33 minutes.

Guess what record the American men set this year on the red clay?

The Open-era record (that’s a span of 36 years) for having no U.S. men advance to the third round of the French Open.

Down went Andre, down went Andy and even the gutsy Vince Spadea fell, knocked out in the first round by France’s Julien Jeanpierre.


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