November 29, 2019
Steve Johnson of the U.S. serves against Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Steve Johnson was touched by his opponent’s consoling words after his defeat in the third round of the French Open.Playing through grief following the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in California, the 25th-seeded American lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Thiem, a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, celebrated modestly. He had some kind words for Johnson at the net.“That means a lot,” Johnson said. “There’s life outside of sport and he gets that. He’s a standup guy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson says his family will have a “celebration for his (father’s) life” after Wimbledon.“It’s going to be held at the high school where we grew up playing tennis and he played tennis, and my mom and my sister went to school and played all kind of sports,” Johnson said. “So it’s going to be a place where it has a lot of meaning. Right now, I’m just trying to honor his name as best I can and just be a competitor. I know he’ll look down proudly.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.