Elina Svitolina could not hold back the tears when remembering her lost mascot
PARIS — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Elina Svitolina could not hold back the tears when remembering her favorite mascot.
The third-seeded Ukrainian player was speaking in her post-match news conference after beating Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the third round.
She was asked at the end of the session how important the mascot called Bobik had been in her life, and whether she still had it.
Svitolina soon wiped away her tears.
“Well, it’s a really good question. Actually very sad for me because in 2018 I lost him,” she said. “It was very sad.”
Svitolina became even more tearful and took a few moments to compose herself.
“Sorry. I lost him. Yeah, it’s like this,” she said. “It’s a toy, but he was my talisman, my lucky charm.”
Dominik Koepfer was about to serve in his match against Stan Wawrinka on Court Suzanne Lenglen when he was startled by a sonic boom.
Koepfer’s shoulders dropped into a defensive position and he stopped his service motion.
People all around Paris were were rattled when that loud bang arrived because no one immediately could be sure what caused it.
Police officers outside the tournament grounds were told to cordon off an area nearby.
Serena Williams is out of the French Open.
The American pulled out of the tournament before her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova because of an Achilles injury.
Williams hurt her left leg during a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open three weeks ago.
This is her earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since a second-round loss at Roland Garros in 2014.
She also withdrew from the French Open two years ago because of an injury before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.