FRENCH OPEN DIARY: Djokovic feels like Iron Man… and Swiatek gives shout out to Taylor Swift

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FRENCH OPEN DIARY: Novak Djokovic reveals the secret device which makes him feel like Iron Man… and Iga Swiatek celebrates 22nd birthday and second-round win with shout-out to Taylor Swift

  • Novak Djokovic was seen with a button-like device on his chest on Thursday
  • Taylor Swift fan Iga Swiatek wrote on the camera: ‘I’m feeling 22 — #Swiftie’
  • Ukrainians hit out at sponsors Lacoste for continuing to do business in Russia

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Defending champion Iga Swiatek and Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina underlined their title credentials on day five with straight-set wins at the French Open.

World No 1 Swiatek, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Wednesday, had difficulty finding her rhythm in windy conditions against American Claire Liu, before pulling away to win 6-4, 6-0.

Rybakina fought off a Czech teenager for the second straight round, following up her success against 16-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova by defeating 18-year-old Linda Noskova 6-3, 6-3. 

Seventh seed Ons Jabeur has also looked strong so far, the Tunisian seeing off Oceane Dodin 6-2, 6-3.

Here, Mail Sport’s LEWIS STEELE rounds up some of the big stories from Paris.

Djokovic describes it as the biggest secret of his career

Djokovic was seen with a button-like device on his chest at the French Open

Novak Djokovic was seen with a button-like device (right) on his chest at the French Open

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Djokovic reveals his biggest secret

Novak Djokovic says he feels like Iron Man by wearing a ‘patented nanotechnology’, which claims to turn heat to light, supplied by an Italian firm. 

The 22-time Grand Slam winner was seen with a button-like device on his chest and said: ‘It’s the biggest secret of my career! 

‘When I was a kid I liked Iron Man a lot, so I tried to impersonate him.’

Lacoste ‘shedding crocodile tears’

There was a protest spotted in Porte d’Auteuil as Ukrainians vented their anger at tournament sponsors Lacoste continuing to do business in Russia. 

Signs read ‘stop doing business with (Vladimir) Putin’ next to a picture of the president wearing Lacoste gear and holding a grenade in the colour of a tennis ball. 

The Ukraine Solidarity Project told Mail Sport: ‘Lacoste is shedding crocodile tears for the people of Ukraine. They are bringing shame on Roland Garros and on tennis.’

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Wrong call raises a smile

A gaffe on Court Philippe Chatrier as the DJ booth malfunctioned and a member of staff’s radio call towards a colleague accidentally came out of the loudspeaker system. 

‘Bonjour, bonjour?’ they said. It got a chuckle from Swiatek and the umpire.

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Swiatek’s shout out to Swift

World No 1 Iga Swiatek is a Taylor Swift fan and, after breezing past Claire Liu into round three, wrote on the camera, ‘I’m feeling 22 — #Swiftie’, a nod to the Pole turning 22 on Wednesday. 

Swiatek then had a bizarre exchange with a reporter who made six Swift-related puns. 

Her favourite album is Red and she says she is in her Reputation era.

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