Some stars passed on playing in the French Open, while others weren't allowed in. You know all their names. What matters is what took place inside and outside the lines in Paris. On the heels of a fairly predictable and alternately off-the-chain major event, here are the thoroughly vetted, unequivocal–or entirely subjective–best and worst moments from the 2017 French Open. 

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Stan (Mostly) Remains the Man 


In the words of the musical Chicago … “He had it coming.” And he knew it. Not because he did anything wrong, by any means, but Stan Wawrinka became the seventh and final human barrier to Rafael Nadal claiming his record 10th major title at a single event.


The Mallorcan rammed his way through that final, tuning the so-called Stanimal, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. That’s not to detract, though, from the run that Wawrinka, the 2014 French Open champ, had over two weeks – largely storming through the field and surviving a five-set exhaustion-fest against Andy Murray in the semifinals. He simply didn’t have the legs in the championship contest. 

We know this much is true: Wawrinka's method for breaking racquets when he’s fed up–with his play, with his foe, with the chair umpire, with The Situation at Hand–remains the most elegant in pro tennis. (Not that the standard is so high.)


RG 2017 day 15 Men’s Finals

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Wimbledon impends, and with it, the association between Wawrinka and Paul Annacone, formerly on the staff of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Those are grass-court bona fides you can’t get anywhere else, and Wawrinka could use a statement win in Wimbledon’s week 2 to solidify that partnership. First things first, he needs to get there.

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