After world number one Carlos Alcaraz also competes in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic will play on Court Philippe Chatrier during the night session of the tournament. Djokovic has come under fire for his recent statements about clashes in Kosovo.
Djokovic, who is competing at Roland Garros with the hopes of winning a record-tying 23rd Grand Slam singles championship, scribbled the words “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. After winning his first-round bout, he was caught on tape yelling “Stop the violence.”
The 36-year-old will face the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for a spot in the round of 32, but the spotlight has been on his political beliefs. The French sports minister condemned the two-time winner of Roland Garros on Wednesday.
“It was a message that is very activist, that is very political,” Amelie Oudea-Castera said in an interview with the French television station France 2.
You shouldn’t get engaged, especially given the circumstances that exist right now, and this shouldn’t take place once more.
In addition, she mentioned that tournament director Amelie Mauresmo had a conversation with Djokovic and his support staff.
The International Tennis Federation, however, stated that there is “no provision” in the regulations of the Grand Slam tournaments “that prohibits political statements.”
During demonstrations on Monday protesting the appointment of ethnic Albanian mayors in northern Kosovo, confrontations broke out between ethnic Serb demonstrators and troops from a NATO-led force in Kosovo, resulting in thirty peacekeepers from the NATO-led force receiving injuries.
“Kosovo is the cradle of our nation, our fortress, and the center of the things that are most vital for our country… After writing his statement, Djokovic addressed the media in Serbia and stated, “There are many reasons why I wrote that on the camera.”
Elina Svitolina, a tennis player from Ukraine and a former world number three for women, believes that Novak Djokovic should have the right to freely express his thoughts.
Svitolina expressed her viewpoint by stating, “We are living in a free world, so why not say your opinion on something?”
Djokovic will go into this match against a competitor who he has already triumphed over four times in a row, so he will be hoping for less excitement on the court.
Since the 2017 Australian Open, the only Grand Slam competition in which he did not advance to the third round was the US Open.
Tsitsipas advances with relative ease.
In the first match of the day on Wednesday, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in straight sets. With this victory, Tsitsipas advanced to the third round.
On Court Suzanne Lenglen, the fifth seed from Greece, who finished runner-up to Djokovic in 2021, prevailed with scores of 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), and 6-2.
Tsitsipas declared after notching his 20th win at the French Open that he is “very much in” when it comes to breaking records. “I am very much in,” he stated.
“I get pumped up whenever I see personal records being established and then broken,” the speaker said.
Tsitsipas will next compete against either Diego Schwartzman of Argentina or Nuno Borges of Portugal for a spot in the second week of the competition.
Just 12 hours after her husband Gael Monfils’ late-night escape act, Svitolina battled back from a break and a set down to defeat Storm Hunter. The match took place on the same court.
Svitolina defeated qualifier Hunter in three sets by scores of 2-6, 6-3, and 6-1. This was Svitolina’s first appearance at a Grand Slam competition since the 2022 Australian Open.
After a nail-biting battle that went the distance and went on well into the early hours of Wednesday morning, local favorite Monfils prevailed over Sebastian Baez in a five-set first-round match. This victory marked Monfils’ first victory in nine months.
“Yes, I was able to watch him, but not in real time. Svitolina, who was being accompanied by Monfils on Court Simonne Mathieu, stated, “I was screaming in my room so if anyone heard me, it was me cheering for Gael.” Monfils was assisting Svitolina on Court Simonne Mathieu.
Svitolina will next play Anna Blinkova of Russia in a politically sensitive rematch of the Strasbourg final that took place over the weekend. The match was won by the Ukrainian, who did not shake her opponent’s hand after the match.
In a tense match, Blinkova eventually prevailed over French fifth seed Caroline Garcia 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. However, she required nine match points to do it.
The third seed in America After falling behind 6-2 in the opening set, Jessica Pegula’s opponent Camila Giorgi resigned due to an injury. This allowed Pegula to advance to the round of 32.
Seed number nine After defeating the 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets (6-3, 6-4), Daria Kasatkina is also comfortably through to the next round.
However, former champion Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated after suffering a loss to Peyton Stearns of the United States in three sets (6-3, 1-6, 6-2).
Later on, Alcaraz will continue his quest for a second major title when he faces Taro Daniel of Japan. In the women’s match, world number two Aryna Sabalenka will take against Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus in an all-Belarusian matchup.