Roland Garros Media Day – What The Players Said

Defending Roland Garros champion Simona Halep (photo: Florian Heer)

PARIS, May 24, 2019

Novak Djokovic

“I love playing in Roland Garros always throughout my career, and especially in the last four or five years I received a lot of support from the French crowd and also international crowd that comes here. And I think because of that support, I also managed to win this title in 2016.”

Dominic Thiem

“I love Court Suzanne Lenglen. If I could choose to play one match in my life, I think I would maybe choose Suzanne Lenglen. It’s amazing and I have played a lot of great matches there. I love it every year when I play on that court.”

“My goal is to win the tournament. I played semis, semis, final. So I really would love to make that one last step, but it’s so tough. I think Rafa is the huge favorite, and then after that, there are also five, six players who can win the tournament. So it’s gonna be very interesting two weeks.”

Simona Halep

“I’m happy to be back here, and I’m trying to enjoy, because it’s a beautiful tournament and very special for me. Everything looks much better, and the court is really, really beautiful. I haven’t seen the Simonne Mathieu Court yet, but I practiced today there, so I can’t wait to go there.”

Naomi Osaka

“In the Australian Open, my mindset was very different from the US Open. For me here, I’m trying to emulate the same mindset. I don’t want to be here thinking I want to get to the quarters. Of course I have never been that far here before, but my end goal is to win, of course.”

Sloane Stephens

“I practiced with Vekic and Kontaveit. Yeah, I have had some good practices and just happy to be back here, obviously. I had a good year last year, so I just kind of want to back it up a little bit. That would be nice.”

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