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Mikaela Shiffrin talks Rafael Nadal, first visit to French Open

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Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin discussed her first Grand Slam experience, what impressed her about Rafael Nadal's game and how her mom shaped her tennis game.

Mikaela Shiffrin made her first trip to a Grand Slam a memorable one -- watching courtside as Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title on Sunday.

The 2014 and 2018 Olympic Alpine skiing champion has played recreational tennis since childhood and sometimes against her mother, Eileen, who “spent three hours a day hitting a tennis ball against a wall” as a kid.

Shiffrin said she was “blown away” by the level of play between Nadal and runner-up Dominic Thiem of ski-mad Austria.

Shiffrin was one of many stars in attendance for finals weekend at Roland Garros. She shared Court Philippe Chatrier with Hugh Grant, Pau Gasol, Zinedine Zidane and Roger Waters on Sunday.

Legendary Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci attended Saturday’s women’s final won by countrywoman Simona Halep.

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