The French Open gets underway today, with the glorious orange clay courts ready to see some action. Rafael Nadal - clay court supremo - is set to defend his title on the men's side, whilst Li Na (seeded seventh) comes back to try and win the trophy for the second year in a row. Top seed Djokovic will be on the lookout to try and stop Nadal, as will Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Li Na will have to be wary of Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, and Sam Stosur - who kicks things off on Day 1 playing Great Britain's Elena Baltacha.

175 responses

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 15:38

    I have found coverage on my Eurosport app. They are discussing Sam Stosur.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:39

    yay! I am not sleeping because I decided to stream Mahut-Roddick instead :D

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:40

    Mahut is up two sets to love, he's only one once before at the French Open and he's never beaten Roddick.

    Goo Mahut! Poor Andy :(

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 15:40

    yay! I am not sleeping because I decided to stream Mahut-Roddick instead :D

    Haven't kept up with tennis recently. I have to try and remember who I like and don't like again.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:40

    Haven't kept up with tennis recently. I have to try and remember who I like and don't like again.

    we like both of these two but we want Mahut to win ;)

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 15:41

    we like both of these two but we want Mahut to win ;)

    Righto! :)

    I have Kuz vs Tso now.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:42

    I have Kuz vs Tso now.

    they were on my tv but I didn't care so much :(

    I amy spoiled by the Australian Open where the red button gives me the choice of 4 courts

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 15:47

    they were on my tv but I didn't care so much :(

    I recall liking Mr Tsonga before. He may or may not have been quite smiley. He's just taken the third set to go 2 up so he probably is quite smiley now.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:47

    I recall liking Mr Tsonga before. He may or may not have been quite smiley. He's just taken the third set to go 2 up so he probably is quite smiley now.

    ooh yes hes very very very smiley and we like him. I just figured he'd win very easily and I could see more of him in later rounds :)

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 15:49

    ooh yes hes very very very smiley and we like him. I just figured he'd win very easily and I could see more of him in later rounds :)

    Makes sense.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 15:55

    I am watching an American stream and they pronounce it Ma-hoot.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:12

    Tsonga has broken and held. He's making it look easy, like you said.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:16

    Tsonga has broken and held. He's making it look easy, like you said.

    gooo jooooo

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:18

    Roddick and Mahut have gone to 4. What is sleep.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:19

    Also through is Fernando Verdasco who has finally changed the horrific shirt he's been wearing since the Australian Open.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:23

    Also through is Fernando Verdasco who has finally changed the horrific shirt he's been wearing since the Australian Open.

    What colour?

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:27

    What colour?

    I'm not entirely sure, I just saw him promising on twitter that he had new clothes.

    His old one was fluro yellow and orange.

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:27

    ahh my stream changed to frenchies speaking french so I am going to go to bed :)

    Enjoy the rest of the tennis :D

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:27

    His old one was fluro yellow and orange.

    Oh! Good ol' Wimbledon white :)

  • Amy27/05/2012 at 16:28

    Oh! Good ol' Wimbledon white :)

    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/ZQACybo6j9g/2012+Australian+Open+Day+1/4M9VpkOLTBC/Fernando+Verdasco it was 100x brighter in person too.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:30

    www.zimbio.com/pi…Fernando+Verdasco it was 100x brighter in person too.

    My eyes!

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:42

    Next up, some poor person takes on Venus Williams.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:52

    I quite like Venus' dress.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 16:55

    When I said that poor person taken on Venus, I meant that poor person who broke Venus on her second service game.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 17:11

    Ms Ormaechea leads 5-2 now. I suppose I should learn her name if she's going to beat Venus.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 17:24

    First set to Ormaechea.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 17:45

    Venus may have picked up her game a little bit now. 5-0 in the second set.

  • Christine27/05/2012 at 18:27

    Bit of a fight in the third set, but Venus got there in the end.

  • Lukeh27/05/2012 at 19:50

    Yay, just noticed Tsonga went through!

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 10:36

    The ladies world #1 is very close to losing in the first round.

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 10:47

    she must have heard me because she just won 3 games in a row.

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 11:31

    and she wins easily in the end.

  • Christine28/05/2012 at 11:52

    I see Laura Robson lost in the first round. Such a fuss about her a year or two ago but it seems to have come to nothing.

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 11:54

    I see Laura Robson lost in the first round. Such a fuss about her a year or two ago but it seems to have come to nothing.

    I really do wonder about British tennis, I was talking about this last night after watching Stosur beat Baltacha.

    Elena Baltacha has been the British #1 player pretty much consistently since 2002 but has never made any WTA level final, let alone won one. For a country with a massive organisation like the LTA that is always talking about developing tennis in the country and the worlds most prestigious tennis event in their backyard, they really aren't doing so great.

  • Christine28/05/2012 at 12:10

    It says a lot that it was such a big deal for the British women to have three people in the second round of some other tournament. The second round isn't great, and I don't think anyone got past it!

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 12:14

    It says a lot that it was such a big deal for the British women to have three people in the second round of some other tournament. The second round isn't great, and I don't think anyone got past it!

    even NZ's top woman is better than all the British ones. We don't have an Andy Murray though :D

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 12:33

    Roger wins!

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 13:03

    Novak time! Lots of pressure on him this time around.

  • Amy28/05/2012 at 15:17

    Novak wins early too. I demand some first round upsets.

  • Christine28/05/2012 at 16:14

    Novak wins early too. I demand some first round upsets.

    Who have we got left?

  • Lukeh28/05/2012 at 19:05

    Who have we got left?

    Murray still has to play as well, I think he's on court tomorrow

  • Christine28/05/2012 at 19:06

    Murray still has to play as well, I think he's on court tomorrow

    Ah ha. Let's hope he's not one of the upsets. Although... let's face it, he is always upset.

  • Lukeh28/05/2012 at 19:06

    Oops, thinking about it, Nadal might be on tomorrow... I'm off on my days *checks*

  • Lukeh28/05/2012 at 19:07

    Ah ha. Let's hope he's not one of the upsets. Although... let's face it, he is always upset.

    He's allowed to be grumpy, he's british ;)

  • Amy29/05/2012 at 11:19

    Sharapova just won her first match 6-0 6-0.

    Nadal and Murray are in action later.

  • Christine29/05/2012 at 11:30

    Sharapova just won her first match 6-0 6-0.

    That's a pretty good start!!

  • Christine29/05/2012 at 17:23

    Looks like Eurosport has two channels of tennis - Serena Williams or Wozniacki. Weellll, Wozniacki is wearing yellow so not her.

  • Lukeh29/05/2012 at 19:11

    Well there goes Serena!

  • Christine29/05/2012 at 19:11

    Well there goes Serena!

    No way! I watched the boring half of the match, darnit!

  • Lukeh29/05/2012 at 19:12

    No way! I watched the boring half of the match, darnit!

    Got better and better as it went on!

  • Amy29/05/2012 at 23:00

    shocking news to wake up to!

  • Amy30/05/2012 at 12:47

    Roger had match point in the third set but is now playing a fourth set, he must have known I was having a nap. Its nice to wake up in time to see him play :)

  • Christine30/05/2012 at 17:05

    The other Williams just lost her first set. Not a happy pair of siblings so far this week!

  • Christine30/05/2012 at 17:35

    Williams II is gone, after just an hour!

  • Christine30/05/2012 at 18:18

    It's raining, so they have gone to Roger's match. Third set tie break. I may or may not know how this goes.

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 17:52

    Oops, the comments closed and I forgot to open them again.

    I see Murray had a tricky day but got there in the end.

    Currently watching Isner, and it looks like an epic fifth set. Not that epic, of course. Although... 7-7 40-40.

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 17:57

    He really is unfeasibly tall.

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:39

    John isner is back to his old self by the looks of things!

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 18:42

    John isner is back to his old self by the looks of things!

    It's madness!

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 18:43

    John isner is back to his old self by the looks of things!

    At least we know who to blame now :)

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 18:45

    What is going on now? They changed to new balls by mistake?

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:45

    At least we know who to blame now :)

    Lesson to all - if you're matched against him, bring a tent just in case :)

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 18:46

    They're starting to show tiredness now. I vividly recall Isner lumbering about last time.

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:46

    De ja vu!

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:49

    you can't spell Matheiu without Mahut.

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 18:50

    you can't spell Matheiu without Mahut.

    Hehehe!

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:51

    I don't know if you saw any highlights of Murray today Christine but he had an odd old day. Not often you see someone looking incapable of serving and a set down in 40 minutes go on and dominate a match...

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:53

    isner does look knackered.

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 18:56

    3 break points out of a possible 22, oh my.

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:04

    Hehe, Boris Becker.

    "Can u believe it??? Its again Isner Mathieu 5set 14 13....they played the longest Match in Wimbledon"

    "It was Mahut not Mathieu!!! My bad..."

    "Think I should stick to football"

    :)

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 19:06

    I don't know if you saw any highlights of Murray today Christine but he had an odd old day. Not often you see someone looking incapable of serving and a set down in 40 minutes go on and dominate a match...

    I was reading updates via Twitter, it sounded stressful!

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 19:06

    isner does look knackered.

    five and a half hours!!

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:07

    five and a half hours!!

    i really don't know how he does this!

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 19:09

    Awww, done at last!!

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:10

    2 match points for mathieu!

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:10

    wow, how slow is my stream? well done mathieu though!

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 19:11

    Oops, sorry :)

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:11

    they started their match when i was on my break at work. That is scary

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:12

    Oops, sorry :)

    No problemo! Now I know how Amy feels watching Eurovision streams ;)

  • Christine31/05/2012 at 19:12

    Isner knows how it feels to lose the epic game now.

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:13

    david tennant is so good at selling virgin media stuff he's making me want to buy virgin media even when we have virgin media

  • Lukeh31/05/2012 at 19:14

    ooh, haas is still playing. or maybe not.

  • Amy01/06/2012 at 14:46

    yay the comments are back :D

  • Christine01/06/2012 at 14:56

    yay the comments are back :D

    You have to tell me when they go away because I am stupid :)

  • Amy01/06/2012 at 14:58

    You have to tell me when they go away because I am stupid :)

    I wasn't sure if it was deliberate so I thought I'd wait and see heheh.

    I haven't watched any tennis yet tonight, oops!

  • Mr C01/06/2012 at 19:11

    I wasn't sure if it was deliberate so I thought I'd wait and see heheh.

    when we reinvented live commenting, we thought about the longest event we could imagine commenting on and then set the comment box to automagically close the day afterwards. helps keep the spam out and makes our life easier etc.

    that worked for a whole 3 months before y'all found something longer to comment on. have to do some coding rethinking on that one ;)

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 10:47

    Yay for itv1 showing tennis all day again :)

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:10

    djokovic v seppi just starting on itv1

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:18

    novak has already broken seppi.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:26

    I like Novaks new clothes more than his old ones

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:26

    I like Novaks new clothes more than his old ones

    he has a nice navy top :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:27

    he has a nice navy top :)

    it looks a bit grey on my telly. But its still 100 million times better than his old silk pyjamas look, while constantly being dressed as a serbian flag.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:36

    that kids baguette looked tasty.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:37

    its all looking very grey in france today

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:40

    we got a little montage of people slipping and falling at the start of our broadcast, it did amuse me :D

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:40

    we got a little montage of people slipping and falling at the start of our broadcast, it did amuse me :D

    now that is quality broadcasting :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:47

    now that is quality broadcasting :)

    I love their montages. Here's 2009s in gif form :D

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/slappysquirrell/tennisgifs/epicsmash.gif

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:51

    I love their montages. Here's 2009s in gif form :D

    those are sound bouncy rackets :D

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 11:53

    ooh, seppi serving for the opening set.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 11:54

    I am going to my friends party on Saturday night while the womans final is on, but we've tweeted the bar and they've confirmed they can put the tennis on for us. I may turn it into a drinking game :D

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 12:06

    Eurosport did an app update and now the thing doesn't work. I can't see no tennis. Boo.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 12:08

    Eurosport did an app update and now the thing doesn't work. I can't see no tennis. Boo.

    boooo

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 12:22

    Novaks making this hard for himself.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 12:29

    I haz tennis again! Who is the Sep chap?

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 13:03

    Azarenka is out.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:04

    Azarenka is out.

    good, I didn't like her dress :D

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 13:04

    Novak is 2 sets down now! unbelievable.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:04

    oooh nole. watching two channels at once is hard.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 13:05

    Novak is 2 sets down now! unbelievable.

    Not looking good!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:05

    Not looking good!

    maybe we'll lose both our #1 seeds today.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 13:07

    maybe we'll lose both our #1 seeds today.

    im putting my money on greg rusedski to win the french open now.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 13:09

    im putting my money on greg rusedski to win the french open now.

    Come on Tim!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:10

    speaking of British folk, I wonder if the Royal Box at Wimbledon will be used during the Olympics.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 13:40

    well, novak's pulled a set back.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:44

    well, novak's pulled a set back.

    he did that pretty quickly

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 13:44

    he did that pretty quickly

    he neeeeeds to stop being unbeatable. upsets are fun.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 13:45

    meanwhile Roger is playing someone I've literally never heard of.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 13:54

    he neeeeeds to stop being unbeatable. upsets are fun.

    He's on a roll now.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 13:54

    He's on a roll now.

    Looking much more in control now. Stoopid awesome novak.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:07

    sorry, i appear to be going mad as roger is a set down to

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:08

    He's so unknown his name disappeared

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:08

    Roger, this man is NO ONE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:09

    Roger, this man is NO ONE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

    im telling you, rusedski for champion

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:16

    its that time of the year again where i really want to play a tennis game now. Wonder if i still have grand slam tennis...

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 14:16

    its that time of the year again where i really want to play a tennis game now. Wonder if i still have grand slam tennis...

    Ohh, not in real life, then.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:17

    Ohh, not in real life, then.

    No one else I know locally likes tennis/has a tennis racket :(

    I do have one but tennis is a bit difficult with one person, and possibly very tiring

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 14:17

    I do have one but tennis is a bit difficult with one person, and possibly very tiring

    Unless you have a handy wall.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:17

    its that time of the year again where i really want to play a tennis game now. Wonder if i still have grand slam tennis...

    while I was going through all my ps3 discs to find the playtv one i came across virtua tennis so I've left it beside the TV, I know I'm going to give it a go before the week is out :D

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:18

    Unless you have a handy wall.

    I'll have to see if Argos sell any of those :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:18

    Adam Hay Nicholls is at Roland Garros watching Nole but tweets "Don't ask me who's playing, I know nothing about tennis"

    I don't care if tennis isn't your sport, its a very ignorant sports journalist to not know the #1 player in the world.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:19

    Adam Hay Nicholls is at Roland Garros watching Nole but tweets "Don't ask me who's playing, I know nothing about tennis"

    that's shocking. Makes me angry when people get vip access to stuff and know NOTHING about it

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 14:21

    They've just shown a clip of Fed's match. The opponent looks about 12!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:22

    They've just shown a clip of Fed's match. The opponent looks about 12!

    he was born in the 90s!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:32

    Roger, break him already

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 14:33

    Roger, break him already

    What's the score now?

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:34

    What's the score now?

    4-4 in the second set

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 14:40

    4-4 in the second set

    Ah ha. Similar story in this one.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:45

    2 set points to novak now. Can see him winning this one if he can break seppi here.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:46

    2 set points to novak now. Can see him winning this one if he can break seppi here.

    aaaand he does so. fifth set it is

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:53

    Roger has finally broken and is serving for the set

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:56

    Roger takes the set but had to go to deuce to do it. #owmyheart

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:56

    Roger takes the set but had to go to deuce to do it. #owmyheart

    no one wants to do anything easy today!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 14:58

    no one wants to do anything easy today!

    I'm finding it amusing that lots of my Melbourne friends are up and watching. They don't keep Amy hours, they're all struggling :D

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 14:59

    I'm finding it amusing that lots of my Melbourne friends are up and watching. They don't keep Amy hours, they're all struggling :D

    they need to learn from the master :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:21

    Roger and Nole are both stepping it up a bit now.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 15:22

    Roger and Nole are both stepping it up a bit now.

    Nole would have to be really bad to mess up now but... stranger things have happened!

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:24

    Seppi pulls a game back but I'd be amazed if nole didn't serve for the win

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:27

    6-2 in the third for Roger. Quick quick quick.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 15:28

    Seppi pulls a game back but I'd be amazed if nole didn't serve for the win

    Almost there!

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:28

    novak wins. unlucky seppi

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 15:28

    novak wins. unlucky seppi

    You're ahead of me this time :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:29

    phew, i changed the channel about 2 seconds before he won that. good timing.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:30

    You're ahead of me this time :)

    there will be a time where we are on sync, one day :)

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:31

    tsonga should be on court next *stays firmly where he is*

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:32

    ahh ITV are showing roger instead. Although i can't see it lasting much longer

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:33

    ahh ITV are showing roger instead. Although i can't see it lasting much longer

    i am watching azarenka lose

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:34

    i am watching azarenka lose

    womens tennis confuses me. the rankings seem to contradict actual performances with people going out early and all sorts!

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:35

    womens tennis confuses me. the rankings seem to contradict actual performances with people going out early and all sorts!

    i imagine if you had a favourite it would make it soo much harder to watch. I like Serena but I am not gutted when she loses. And I love Kim but shes never around and shes already said its her last year.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:36

    i imagine if you had a favourite it would make it soo much harder to watch. I like Serena but I am not gutted when she loses. And I love Kim but shes never around and shes already said its her last year.

    isnt she re-retiring as well?

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:38

    isnt she re-retiring as well?

    yep. shes said after the US Open but I'd be surprised if she even goes that far, I think she really just wants to play the Olympics.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:40

    finally they put roger on my telly, and its a set thats already finished.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:41

    I don't know what Foxtel have against broadcasting centre court, they seem to mostly show whats happening on court 2.

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 15:49

    why am i watching 10 minutes of tsonga warming up, whyyyy

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 15:56

    why am i watching 10 minutes of tsonga warming up, whyyyy

    Hehehe, I was just watching people sitting around a table talking before realising I have a EuroSport 2 channel that probably wasn't people talking and was actually people playing. Hello Roger!

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 15:57

    I don't have ITV4 so am sticking with mr federer too, can't see it being long until he wins now

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 16:15

    federer wiiiiins

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 16:15

    federer wiiiiins

    i demand my tv show me! maybe at the change of ends :(

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 16:15

    "Lovely things come out of belgium, smooth chocolate, lovely beer, the smurfs, david goffin"

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 16:29

    Again I suddenly realise I am listening to people talking instead of changing channels to see tennis. I can't cope with two channels! :)

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 16:29

    right, i am going to retire from this match since I have an alarm set for about 4 hours time :D

    why can't i have a long weekend too :(

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 16:32

    yay tsonga :)

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 16:32

    why can't i have a long weekend too :(

    you made the effort to watch her, the queen should give you days off too!

    night amy

  • Amy03/06/2012 at 16:34

    you made the effort to watch her, the queen should give you days off too!

    we do have queens birthday next monday but i have to work :( i only get public holidays off if they fall in every state and for some reason australia has like 3 different queens birthdays between the states. so silly.

  • Lukeh03/06/2012 at 17:30

    yes!! tsonga finally gets the second set.

  • Christine03/06/2012 at 17:57

    Have set up a week 2 thread to go live at 7pm. Er, three minutes :)