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.
Recycle. Refuel. Rafa.
If you're reading this, you must truly love the man. Everything that needs to be said, at least in the near term, about Rafael Nadal's historic 10th Roland Garros title has been written already. From Steve Tignor's take for TENNIS.com to Gerald Marzorati's for The New Yorker, among an armada of think-pieces, it's all been said.
On one Sunday in June, Stan Wawrinka likely knew Nadal couldn't be stopped. The Roland Garros audience knew it. TV commentators and other journalistic observers knew it. Fans far and wide knew it. Uncle Toni sure knew it. And most of all, Nadal knew it.
You can't stop what's coming. Not when it's next-level, video-gaming stuff such as this:
There's no fitting response to that other than a racquet-clap, and Wawrinka, completely defanged and declawed, complied.
Consider this: Over three sets of the men's singles final, the ball was in play for just 21 minutes and 59 seconds. That's just staggering. Likewise staggering: Nadal dropped only 35 games in his stunning performance at Roland Garros. It's the fewest since Bjorn Borg dropped just 32 in 1978.
— Andrew Eichenholz (@andrewikesports) June 11, 2017
With that final Swiss scalp in his hand, Nadal, surely the Pride of Spain, won one for the Big Four, that can't-tout-them-enough quartet of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and himself.
Rafael Nadal French Open titles (10) > Major titles won by players not named Rafa, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic since 2004 Wimbledon (9) pic.twitter.com/od2zhkPmfg— Ed McGrogan (@EdMcGrogan) June 11, 2017
He also catalyzed a series of droll tweets among the likes of Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and John Isner.
It is so cool to have played in the era of Federer and Nadal. The two greatest players of all time in the same era. Amazing. Congrats Rafa— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) June 11, 2017
10 ...... 10 ....... 10 ..... you can say it as much as you want. It's so not normal. Huge respect for @RafaelNadal .. pleasure to watch— andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 11, 2017
I need to double check, but think I have that beat ???? https://t.co/tiDNU9BczU— John Isner (@JohnIsner) June 11, 2017
For those of us who will never be the focus of a grand Twitter Moment, who will never have a Longreads dossier compiled about us or a Nike street shoe named for our accomplishments, we may harbor the memory of witnessing peak Nadal—so much brutality off the racquet of one so kind outside the lines.
The annual Roland Garros birthday boy is now 31 flavors and then some.
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