It was a balls-up for French Open staff members on day eight of the competition yesterday when a humorous image was accidentally created on the court prior to the first match.
Busy sweeping the clay at Roland Garros, the officials accidentally brushed a penis shape into the court, with a probably chuckling photographer capturing the mishap and posting it online.
Although quickly swept away when noticed, the surprising and humorous incident provided a few laughs for tennis fans across the world, who have eagerly watched their favourite athletes battle it out in Paris.
Australia’s two somewhat controversial tennis stars Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have already farewelled the competition, with Tomic causing a stir in the media once again after beaten by Marco Trungelliti, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
In a post match press conference, the former world No 16, who is often referred to as rude and arrogant, built on his bad reputation with blunt responses to all 10 questions put to him by reporters before he ended the chat.
“Yeah, I guess I was okay,” Tomic mumbled when asked how he was feeling after two weeks in the competition.
Although he was the favourite going into the round against the “lucky loser”, Tomic was clearly not in a talking mood.
When asked about the uncertainty of the match and how he prepared to face Trungelliti, who he’d not played against before, Tomic simply said “Yeah. But it changed, then I had to play. That’s it.”
While it’s not a surprise for many to hear the Aussie displayed an unfriendly manner, uncertainty remains as to whether the hot-headed player even enjoys playing the sport after he replied “next question” when asked about his return to the game after a tumultuous year in his personal life.
On the other hand, fellow Aussie Kyrgios, displayed sadness upon his decision to withdraw from the competition because of an elbow injury, taking to Twitter to express his feelings.
“Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play 5 sets on clay, especially as I have not played a singles match in nearly two months,” he said.
“I’ve worked hard to be ready and desperately wanted to play Roland Garros, which is very special to me but I literally ran out of time.”
Unlike Tomic, Kyrgios apologised to his fans for the quick exit from the competition.
“I’m sorry to those fans that bought tickets to watch me play but am also grateful for the continued love and support.”
While there are no Aussie’s to keep an eye on, the French Open continues this week with popular players such as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal still in the running for the title.