French Open Faux Pax on Francesca Schiavone's Retirement

Updated: 24 May 2016 19:50 IST

Francesca Schiavone has denied she is quitting international tennis. She was taken by surprise after French Open authorities announced she was hanging up her boots.

French Open Faux Pax on Francesca Schiavone
Italy's Francesca Schiavone was taken aback when French Open authorities announced that the former champion was retiring. © AFP

Paris:

Former champion Francesca Schiavone received a standing ovation from the French Open crowd on Tuesday after it was announced she was retiring.

But that was news to her.

"Roland Garros announced my retirement, but I didn't," said the 35-year-old Italian who was champion in 2010 and runner-up 12 months later.

"So you can stand up and go back to work in the office because I didn't say that. I will announce when I want to stop."

She took to Twitter to also announce that she will participate at Wimbledon.



Schiavone, playing her 16th Roland Garros, lost 6-2, 6-4 to French 26th seed Kristina Mladenovic before being accorded a premature standing ovation by the crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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Highlights
  • Francesca Schiavone lost 6-2, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic of France
  • This is Schiavone's 16th Roland Garros
  • She won the tournament in 2010
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