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French Open: Dominic Thiem shocked, Naomi Osaka fined after first round win

French Open: Dominic Thiem shocked, Naomi Osaka fined after first round win

Grand Slam champions Dominic Thiem and Angelique Kerber are both out of the French Open, while Naomi Osaka was hit with a massive fine after refusing to appear at a post-match press conference on a wild first day of the clay court major.

Meanwhile Australian Ajla Tomljanovic advanced to the second round with a two-set win over Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova, while Grigor Dimitro retired hurt during his first round match with Marcos Giron. 

Dominic Thiem shocked in round one loss

The biggest shock came as reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem gave up a two-set lead against Spain's Pablo Andujar.

The fourth seed, who had never lost a first round match at the French Open, was bundled out 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Court Philipe Chatrier.

The 2018 and 2019 finalist has now lost three matches in succession, while Andujar - who recently beat Roger Federer in Geneva - advances to a second round match with either Federico Delbonis or Radu Albot. 

Thiem's loss blows the bottom half of the men's draw wide open, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev both looking to capitalise. 

Grigor Dimitrov retires

Dimitrov retired hurt in the fourth set of his first-round match with American Giron after looking comfortable earlier on. 

Dimitrov was up 6-2 6-4 and 5-1 in the third when he squandered three match-points, eventually dropping the third set and retiring down 3-0 in the fourth. 

Naomi Osaka fined (AU) $19,500 for press conference no-show

In the women's draw, Naomi Osaka had a straightforward win over Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, going through to the second round with a 6-4 7-6(4) victory. 

There was drama after the match though, as Osaka made good on her promise not to attend her compulsory press conference. 

Osaka announced last week she wouldn't be doing any media throughout the tournament due to mental health concerns, and after giving a brief interview on-court, declined to go to her press conference.

The number two seed was fined (AU) $19,500 for the no-show, with the French Open releasing a statement in conjunction with the three other Grand Slams addressing Osaka's stance. 

"We want to underline that rules are in place to ensure all players are treated exactly the same, no matter their stature, beliefs or achievement," the statement read.

"As a sport there is nothing more important than ensuring no player has an unfair advantage over another, which unfortunately is the case in this situation if one player refuses to dedicate time to participate in media commitments while the others all honour their commitments."

The statement said all four majors have significant resources dedicated to the mental health of its players.

French Open organisers even threatened expulsion from the tournament should Osaka not agree to media commitments. 

"We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences," it said. 

"As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament (Code of Conduct article III T.) and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code of Conduct article IV A.3.)."

Ajla Tomljanovic advances, Kerber bundled out

Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic advanced to the second round with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kateryna Kozlova.

Tomljanovic earned six break points, but struggled at times on serve in the first-round win. 

She will play either 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or American Christina McHale in the second round. 

Meanwhile, former world number one Angelique Kerber's lean run continues after she was beaten 6-2 6-4 by qualifier Anhelina Kalinina.

 

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