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Washout at French Open

PARIS

Persistent rain accompanied by a flood warning, washed out an entire day’s play at the French Open yesterday for the first time since 2000. The abandonment created a scheduling headache for organisers, who called off play shortly before 2 p.m., pushing ten fourth round singles matches, including those featuring Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, back to today.

Instead of staging just four quarter-finals today, organisers will have to clear the backlog of last-16 matches first. Now only two men’s quarter-finals will take place today, defending champion Stan Wawrinka’s showdown with Albert Ramos Vinolas and Andy Murray’s highly-anticipated duel with Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

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The delays will also affect competitors as those hoping to win the title will have to play matches on successive days if the tournament is to finish Sunday. More than 50 first-round matches were held over during the previous washout on May 30, 2000. That tournament finished on time. Rain forced the postponement of the 2012 men’s final between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, which was held over two days and finished on the Monday.

While a handful of sodden spectators sat hunched under umbrellas on Court Philippe Chatrier watching a replay of Gasquet’s win over Japanese Kei Nishikori a day earlier, thousands took shelter by cramming into the corridors under the main showcourts. Souvenirs in hand, about 25,000 ticket-holders started trudging out of the grounds at 1.48 p.m.

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Tags: París, Francia

Con información de: Trinidad Express