The French Open is the tennis grand slam event on clay. Dominated over the years by great clay court tennis players, perhaps the greatest modern tennis player on clay, Rafael Nadal, has dominated in recent years. Here are quotes from tennis players at the French Open:
"It's been a while since I stood on a grass court. It's the same for everybody, nobody really practises on grass"
Martina Hingis, comeback girl of tennis, on getting back to grass
"I'm not going to stop eating bananas, but I ate them more carefully than usual"
Rafael Nadal on his banana eating habits
"He's very much like Federer, winning so many matches that it's sort of second nature for him"
Lleyton Hewitt on the tennis genius of Rafael Nadal
"If I had to lose that record, I'm pleased I was losing it to somebody like that. It's a pleasure to see him play and fighting"
Guillermo Vilas on losing his record of most wins in a row on clay