• French Open, Day One

A French baguette and Venus' kit goes missing

ESPN staff
May 27, 2012

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Men's round-up: Del Potro battles injury
Women's round-up: Ivanovic makes rapid start
Stosur outguns Baltacha

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Causing a racket
Serena Williams may be the favourite to win a second French Open title, but she may be well advised to exercise a little more care over her kit. Heading out onto the practice courts at Roland Garros, the American realised she had picked up her sister Venus' bag. "I went to practice today and mistakenly took Venus' racket bag. Thank goodness we use the same racket," Serena tweeted. Thank goodness Venus wasn't due on court until later on Sunday, or there may have been hell to pay.

French fancy
While a double bagel is the result every player dreads being on the wrong end of, it was fitting that former champion Ana Ivanovic kicked off her French Open campaign with a double baguette in Paris. The 2008 champion oozed confidence as she blazed past Lara Arruabarrena Vecino 6-1 6-1. Can the Serb spring a surprise this fortnight?

Grand Bretagne
The eyes of the tennis world may be on Paris, but with just a week to go before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, there was distinctly British feel as Elena Baltacha was handed the honour of kicking off proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier in her opening match against Sam Stosur. The Patrouille de France, the French Red Arrows, performed a flyby shortly before the start as red, white and blue filled the sky.

Mini Montanes
At just 5'9", Albert Montanes is not the tallest man on the ATP Tour. But as the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier waited for the start of the Spaniard's match with Juan Martin Del Potro, the TV cameras flashed to a shot of a youngster carrying the balls onto court. Admittedly, it was not a long-lasting shot, but Eurosport presenter Rob Curling mistakenly identified the ball boy as the world No. 65. Oops.

Music shop
Not content with the usual promotions, the French Open store attempted to draw the crowds as shop attendants rapped for the crowds. Just a shame you can't buy much for 50cent there. (Sorry).

Stan's the man
Bidding to become the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win both the Roland Garros boys' and men's singles titles, Stanislas Wawrinka looked set to fall at the first hurdle as he threw away a two-set lead against Flavio Cipolla. However, the Swiss dug deep to claim a 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-2 victory. One down, six to go, although admittedly with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the draw, completing the double is pretty unlikely.

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