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Tramlines doesn't pretend to know its Gucci from its Prada but when
it comes to recognising its Adidas from its Nike, TL is unrivalled.

And yet TL was forced to raise an eyebrow when Maria Sharapova
revealed that her dress this year is inspired by the Eiffel Tower?

As nice a dress as it is, and considerably better than the
creations Venus Williams was sporting in Australia earlier this year, TL
just can't see it.

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And with Kim Clijsters uncharacteristically crashing out of the
French Open
in the second round on day five, Tramlines was left wondering what
could have provoked such a thing.

The world number two was clearly off her game in the third set of
her shock loss to Aranxta Rus on day five of the tournament.

Not wanting to take away from the young Dutchwoman, who did well to
capitalise on her opponent's meltdown, Clijsters had the match wrapped up
whilst leading 6-3 5-2 and with match points in hand.

With the Belgian herself insisting that the defeat had nothing to
do with the ankle injury that has kept her out of the game since Miami, TL was left
looking for reasons as to what prompted the complete loss in concentration.

And we think we've found it. Her shirt.

Clijsters pink shirt is so bright, that even sat in a
windowless office, TL was forced to put on a pair of sunglasses.

Is it possible that Clijsters could have caught a glimpse of her
reflection and have completely lost her place? It's as good an explanation as anything
else offered so far as to the Belgian's complete capitulation.

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The most ridiculous story of the day comes courtesy of the mixed

Former world number one, and two-times Grand Slam champion, Amelie
Mauresmo had been granted a wildcard to play at Roland Garros in the mixed
doubles alongside sometime charge Michael Llodra.

On the day that the tournament got underway, however, came the news
that she was not allowed to take part because she is no longer registered on
the anti-doping programme.

Mauresmo retired in 2009 and, presumably not anticipating a
comeback of any kind, stopped taking part in the anti-doping checks.

Fair enough. Who wants to pee in a cup when you don't have to?

"The pair Amelie Mauresmo/Michael Llodra, who had
benefitted from a wildcard for the mixed doubles, are ineligible for the
event," organisers said in a statement.

"Indeed, Amelie Mauresmo, who retired in 2009, had at the time
withdrawn from the anti-doping programme. But to take part in an official
event, one must be registered in the programme for at least three months."

Surely it would have been worth someone checking this before
offering the French duo a place in the draw?


"The girl sharapova is playing is going to be number one in
the world one day caroline garcia, what a player u heard it here first."
While not disputing the content of Andy Murray's tweet, the timing seemed to be
suspect as the French 17-year-old promptly lost 11 straight games in her
eventual defeat to Maria Sharapova.

Nothing needs to be said about this freakish shot from Clijsters. Just

Janko Tipsarevic could, in theory, cause Roger Federer a bit
of trouble when they meet second on Suzanne Lenglen, although obviously TL
expects the world number three to come through that.

No, the match to watch tomorrow is quite clearly Novak Djokovic's
clash with Juan Martin Del Potro, last on Philippe Chatrier.

Argentine Del Potro has been beginning to show
flashes of the kind of form that carried him to the world number four spot and
US Open title in 2009. His forehand was imperious against Blaz Kavcic
in the second round on Wednesday and could really cause some trouble for

The Serb, however, is clearly supremely confident right now (who
wouldn't be after winning 42 consecutive matches, including the two in the
Davis Cup final at the end of last year).

He can punish anyone off either wing, but his two-handed backhand
down the line is a particular favourite, and his movement is second to none at
the moment.

Even if it is a straight sets match, Djokovic v Del Potro promises
to be a visual treat of the highest order.

Why would you want to be anywhere other than glued to your
television screens?

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