The harder, faster, less fuzzy Babolat ball at this year's French Open has prompted the usual gripes, except from the man who figured to be affected the most. "You don't want to blame the balls for my mistakes," said the men's top seed, Rafael Nadal. "They suit my game." Then again, Nadal is sponsored by Babolat.... A tip of the chapeau to Patty Schnyder, the eccentric—is there any other kind?—lefthander who beat nearly every big name, never won a major and retired last week after 17 years. "She played this cat-and-mouse game, and sometimes you just felt like the silly mouse," said Maria Sharapova.... Bernard Tomic, the lone entry from Australia in the French Open men's draw, lost in the first round. It was the worst showing by the traditional tennis power at a major since 1925.