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Francesca Schiavone hugs ball boy while being routed by Serena Williams (Video)

Francesca-Schiavone-hugs-ball-boyFrancesca Schiavone had a tough day on Monday. She drew Serena Williams in the opening round of the US Open, and the match went as many anticipated it would. Williams defeated Schiavone 6-0, 6-1. Realizing that she was totally out of it at one point, Schiavone decided she needed a hug.

The 33-year-old Italian startled a young ball boy, who was nice enough to give her a pat on the back once he realized she was just going in for a hug and wasn’t going to take her frustrations out on him.

“I don’t need a hug in that moment. I needed a game, points,” Schiavone joked after the match. “I went to the ballboy to say, ‘Well, that’s tough.’ It was just a joke.”

At least she had a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Francesca Schiavone Mistakenly Given Champion’s Trophy at French Open

As if losing the French Open finals to Li Na wasn’t hard enough, Francesca Schiavone also had to suffer the embarrassment of being stripped of the championship trophy. Of course that’s only because it was given to her accidentally. Busted Racquet points out that when the trophies were handed out following the women’s final on Saturday, Na was correctly awarded the winner’s trophy, while Schiavone was handed a replica of the champion’s trophy instead of the runner-up’s plate. Check out the pictures:

Schiavone was mistakenly holding onto that mini-replica trophy during both her acceptance speech and Na’s. Luckily the mistake was realized and she was eventually handed the proper platter, but not before getting teased. Now that she’s had it in her hands two years in a row I’m sure she’ll want it even more next year.

Francesca Schiavone Falls Apart After Chair Umpire Overturns Call

Some players have a call that doesn’t go their way and still win their match. Other players lose a call on a decision that gets overturned and fall apart. Such was the case for Francesca Schiavone at the French Open finals Saturday. Schiavone was up 6-5 in the second set and looking to force a third set. It was deuce when a cross court shot by Li Na was called wide, giving Schiavone the advantage. However, the chair umpire came over to look at the ball’s mark on the court and realized it was an incorrect call. She overruled the call, giving Na the advantage. Here’s a video of the play courtesy of Busted Racquet:

Na went on to win the game, forcing a tiebreak. She won the tiebreak 7-0 meaning she won all eight points after the call was overturned. Schiavone may have lost the point, but there was no reason to fall apart after that the way she did. That just shows mental weakness and further proves Na was the deserving winner. Here’s a closer look at the spot of the ball since the video didn’t give us one.

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Francesca Schiavone and Andy Murray Support Pre-Match Sex

In separate interviews published within the last 24 hours, two tennis players were asked about their thoughts on having sex before matches. Unsurprisingly they both endorsed the act of sexual release before taking the court.

Reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone said ‘For a woman, sex before a match is not only allowed, it is fantastic. It raises your hormone levels and brings advantages to all of your points. ‘In recent years I have grown, and my feminine side is a lot more visible. But it is a gift reserved for just a few.”

Andy Murray was far less detailed but he expressed a similar sentiment. Murray says that unlike boxers who turn down sex leading up to a fight, tennis players cannot employ the same practice because they play so frequently. If they didn’t have sex before matches, they’d always be saying no, he reasoned.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time picturing Murray getting down since he’s seems like a by-the-book guy. As for Schiavone, we know quite well that she’s even thinking about sex during matches. There’s a video floating around on the internet that serves as proof of this, but I’ll leave it up to you to find that.

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks and USA Today for the hilarious story