Making her French Open debut against the tournament's No. 9 seed, Coco Gauff got a pep talk from Dad.
"His goal was to become an NBA player, and he didn't make it. He told me: 'You're living your dream. Not everybody gets to do that. Just have fun on the court.' That really changed my perspective," the 16-year-old Gauff said. "I was really nervous going into the match. That just calmed me down."
Unbothered by her 12 double-faults or temperatures in the 50s, Gauff defeated 2019 semifinalist Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3 and reached the second round. It was Gauff's fourth victory over an opponent ranked in the world's top 20.
"When I'm on the court, I can act like I'm used to it," she said. "When I'm off the court, I'm just happy to be here."
Top-seeded Simona Halep played in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier, which now boasts a $55 million retractable roof. She stretched her winning streak to 15 matches by defeating Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0, "and the rain didn't stop us at all."
One of the day's most lopsided scorelines came in one of the most anticipated matchups: Stan Wawrinka beat Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the first meeting between male Grand Slam champions in the first round at Roland Garros since 1999.
Venus Williams finished 2020 with an 0-3 record in Grand Slam matches, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
Hudson Swafford stopped a slide with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, and he finished with an 8-foot par putt that gave him a one-shot victory in the Corales Puntacana Club and Resort Championship, a PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic.
Swafford closed with a 3-under 69, after a front-nine 31 that took him from a two-shot deficit to a three-shot lead. He led by four shots with six holes to play but made double bogey on the 13th and bogey on the 15th, falling into a tie for the lead and setting up his big finish. A 210-yard 6-iron set up his birdie at No. 17.
American takes Irish Open
John Catlin birdied three of his last four holes to close with a 6-under 64 and a two-shot victory in the Irish Open, his second win in three weeks on the European Tour. Catlin, a 29-year-old American who until this year had only won on the Asian Tour, will move into the top 100 in the world for the first time in his career.
Penalty costs champ
Lewis Hamilton's toughest opponents in the Russian Grand Prix weren't even on the track. They were in the stewards' office.
Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas cruised to the win in Sochi after Hamilton, who was leading, was penalized 10 seconds for practicing his starts in the wrong place before the race.
Hamilton was looking to match Michael Schumacher's record of 91 wins in Formula One but settled for third behind Bottas and Max Verstappen.
Filly to run Preakness
Swiss Skydiver will become the first filly since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009 to run against males in the Preakness.
In her only other start against males, Swiss Skydiver finished second to potential Preakness rival Art Collector in the Blue Grass Stakes on July 11. Five fillies have won the Preakness.