May 30, 2017 / 6:32 PM / 6 months ago

Tennis-French Open roundup from day three

May 30 (Reuters) - Here is a roundup of day three at the French Open on Tuesday:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t really like running. I don’t like that my shoes get dirty. I don’t train too much on clay as it makes my car dirty. It can be enjoyable. I play well on clay but it’s not my favourite surface,” - Australia’s Nick Kyrgios says clay is not his cup of tea after he beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 in the first round.

FACT OF THE DAY: The Stade de Roland Garros, the stadium where the French Open is played, was named after Eugene Adrien Roland Georges Garros, a French aviator and World War I pilot, who developed a method to allow a machine gun to fire forward through the propeller of a combat aircraft.

Garros was shot down and killed on Oct. 5, 1918, a month before the war ended and just a day before his 30th birthday.

STAT OF THE DAY: Frenchman Gael Monfils won the 400th match of his career when he beat Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-4 7-5 6-0 in the first round. Monfils became the sixth Frenchman to reach the milestone in the Open era.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco stunned German ninth seed Alexander Zverev 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round, with the match having resumed on Tuesday after being suspended overnight due to poor light following a long debate between the players and umpire about the conditions. (Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)

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