NEW YORK - Those familiar with New York City know it's a place where you will occasionally be confronted with the smell of marijuana. But when some of the world's most elite tennis players caught a whiff of weed during opening day of the US Open in Queens, an investigation was launched to find the possible source.
Even while she was rolling on the court, Maria Sakkari was bothered by the smell of something off it.
"It was weed," Sakkari said.
The No. 8 seed from Greece was eliminated from the US Open in the first round Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Rebeka Masarova, a match she seemed in control of until she mentioned the smell toward the chair umpire during a changeover.
World Νο 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas will be up against the 339th-ranked wildcard entrant Milos Raonic in the opening round of the 2023 US Open on Monday.
Τhe big-serving Canadian, who is making a comeback after an extended absence due to injury, had previously overcome the Greek champion at the 2020 Australian Open and once again at the Cincinnati Open within the same year.
This is the first time in history that someone from the qualifications came to the finals and Emma Raducanu did it!
Currently the 73rd tennis player in the world, 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez from Canada, defeated Aryna Sabalenka after a great fight - 7: 6 (3), 4: 6, 6: 4.
Battle with World No. 2 lasted two hours and 24 minutes.