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  • French Open legend makes cameo as umpire

    Mansour Bahrami’s 'legends doubles' match at the French Open on Wednesday, which saw him team up with Pat Cash to play Guy Forget and Henri Leconte was, as one can imagine, a nice treat for the Parisian audience.

    Not content with how pleased they were with the side attraction, however, Bahrami decided to give them even more to smile about – and begun by 'ejecting' the umpire, complete with his own oversized red card.

    After escorting the bemused official off court, Bahrami brought on his replacement – 1983 Roland Garros winner, France’s own Yannick Noah.

    Noah by his own admission missed

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  • It's no secret that the Internet's full of idiots — not you, dear reader, never you — and that plenty of keyboard tough guys love to vent at celebrities, athletes and other public figures from behind a wall of anonymity on Twitter. But as Slate notes this week, plenty of tennis players are getting some inexplicable criticism.

    Take, for example, Alex Kuznetsov. The virtually anonymous player, ranked 171st in the world, played his way into the French Open ... where he proceeded to lose in the first round. So what, right? Guy made it to a major, that's more than most of us will ever do. But of

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  • Hawk-Eye: Will Jankovic’s serve be her downfall?

    British Eurosport analyst Jason Goodall uses Hawk-Eye technology to look at the match-up between Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova in the French Open quarter-finals - WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.

    Former world number one Jankovic has experienced a resurgence in form this season and clay’s her favourite surface, primarily because she’s one of the few women who can slide beautifully around the court.

    This helps her defend exceptionally well, which is one of her main strengths as most of her tennis is played behind the baseline. In her third and fourth round matches 87% of her groundstrokes were hit

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  • Alexandr Dolgopolov apparently owns this 1800 bhp car

    Sometimes professional athletes have so much money they aren't even sure how to spend it. Meet Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was bounced in his first round match at the French Open by Dmitry Tursunov.

    The 24-year-old has had some success in Grand Slams over the years, and I guess if you do that you're allowed to buy the car you see above.

    Yes, that is a picture that Dolgopolov posted on Instagram of a car he apparently bought, or owns, or painted, or something. Yes, that looks like a Doberman with the words, "The Dog" written across the side of it.

    We've seen some pretty ridiculous

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  • Hawk-Eye: How Tsonga can beat Federer

    British Eurosport analyst Jason Goodall uses Hawk-Eye technology to explain how Jo-Wilfried Tsonga might be able to beat Roger Federer in the French Open quarter-finals - WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's biggest weapon is his first serve. His fastest in the French Open has been struck at 214km/h, which is an impressive 133mph. But his variation has been equally impressive, hitting all four corners consistently so far in Paris. This combination of pace an accuracy has enabled him to win 80 per cent of first serve points.

    Also, keep an eye out for his topspin serve, which is very

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  • Radwanska’s awesome through-the-legs shot

    Agnieszka Radwanska is renowned as one of the best shot-makers on the women's tour, but the Pole outdid herself on Sunday.

    The fourth seed beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic in their fourth-round match, and one of her winning shots was a joy to behold.

    Down 2-6 3-4 in the second set, the serving Ivanovic thought she had done enough to lob Radwanska as she placed the ball at the back of the court.

    But the speedy 24-year-old raced to the baseline before flicking the ball through her legs - and over the net - with an audacious "tweener" shot.

    Ivanovic was stunned, and promptly skewed her

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  • Marathon man Isner saves TWELVE match points

    John Isner is no stranger to an epic. The American won the longest match in tennis history in 2010 when he beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 at Wimbledon.

    And he has been up to his old tricks again at the French Open.

    On Friday, he clawed his way back from two sets down to defeat fellow American Ryan Harrison in a 5-7 6-7 6-3 6-1 8-6 epic that included a 71-minute final set.

    And just 24 hours later that never-say-die attitude was in full effect as the number 19 seed saved no fewer than TWELVE match points against Tommy Haas.

    This time it was to no avail, though, as Haas eventually

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  • Predicted: The men’s top 10 players in 2018

    It's always incredibly tough to forecast the ups and downs of tennis players, but sometimes - just sometimes - experts get it just right.

    Only time will tell in the case of French newspaper L'Equipe's attempts to predict the men's top 10 in the world rankings for 2018, but we admire them for giving it a go.

    According to the prediction, Andy Murray will remain in the top three, but Novak Djokovic will have faded away slightly; meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov will be the world number one with France's Benoit Paire hot on his heels.

    There will also be top 10 places for American Jack Sock, Latvia's

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  • Now with expert view! Serena gets in touch with her arty side

    Serena Williams and "Xpressions." (Via Twitter)

    Champions prepare for their greatest tournaments in different ways: quiet nights with friends, all-nighters on the scene, silent meditation. Serena Williams is apparently keeping herself calm during her French Open march by, believe it or not, painting. A little artistry is appropriate for France, yes?

    "I took a painting class today in Paris," Williams tweeted. "I was the worst student." She showed one of her paintings, entitled "Xpressions," to the Web. We are no art critic here at Tramlines, but to us that looks worthy of hanging on the fridge,

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  • Federer fears over on-court phone use

    Roger Federer has warned that players taking their mobile phones on to court could undermine the game's integrity by receiving coaching tips.

    The French Open has already featured two incidents with Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky using his phone to take a picture of a ball imprint after a contentious line call and local favourite Gael Monfils snapping a Mexican wave in the crowd.

    Stakhovsky, who was later fined £1,300 for unsportsmanlike conduct, posted the picture taken during his first-round defeat by Richard Gasquet on his Twitter feed.

    Federer, the world number three and seeded second in

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