You want a handshake – here’s a handshake-plus!

PARIS – The percentage of drive-by handshakes in the junior girls’ ranks is exponentially higher than it is with the grownups.

But two juniors upped the ante on the sayonara salute on Sunday.

Canadian Charlotte Robillard-Millette, the No. 6 seed, played Monika Kilnarova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the girls’ singles – A Roland Garros debut for both, under challenging conditions with rain delays and wet courts.

The Canadian, older by seven months and ranked 33 spots higher, prevailed in three sets.

The handshake was as warm as they come. And then – this.

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The two paired up for doubles a month ago at a junior tournament in Spain, losing in the first round.

Kilnarova, ranked No. 38 in the ITF juniors, was a semi-finalist at the Orange Bowl last December in Florida. She won two matches to get into the main draw here.

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  1. Maybe hugs should be made mandatory instead of the cursory handshake.

    But there are non-hug kind of hugs too. Like the air kissing beside the cheeks.

    So let us leave it to the individual players – even those few who refuse to shake hands before or even after a match.

    That is what makes it interesting, right?

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