Vonn clarified a joke she made on the ESPYS red carpet this summer about Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. When Watt was asked how he played through a myriad of injuries, Watt started to thank his trainers before Vonn interrupted to say “and lots of massages in the groin area.”
“It was an inside joke,” Vonn explained to Patrick. “His physical therapists are all these middle-aged men who are rubbing his inner thigh. So I was giving him a hard time, not because I was rubbing his thigh, but because his physical therapists, old middle-aged men, were rubbing his thigh. So that was the joke, clearly it did not come across very well.”
Patrick later asked Vonn if Watt understood the joke.
“Yes, but his girlfriend didn’t,” said Vonn, who explained that she never dated Watt.
Patrick also asked Vonn what it’s like to ski fast.
“I always say if you’re driving down the highway, stick your head out the window,” Vonn said. “Obviously not if you’re driving. But that’s what it feels like. It’s the wind in your face. It’s fast. It feels really fun. It’s the funnest thing I can think of to do in the world to do.”
Before she left, Vonn arm-wrestled against Andrew “McLovin” Perloff, a blogger on the show. Watch below to see who won:
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.