Paris: Former champion Francesca Schiavone received a standing ovation from the French Open crowd yesterday after it was announced she was retiring.

Francesca Schiavone

But that was news to her. “Roland Garros announced my retirement, but I didn’t,” said the 35-year-old Italian who was champion in 2010 and runner-up 12 months later.

“So you can stand up and go back to work in the office because I didn’t say that.

I will announce when I want to stop.”