French Open 2016 has been going strong for a whole week until Day 9 happened. Or didn’t.
Rains opened the day at the red clay courts with announcements saying that officials will wait until noon before declaring the start of Day 9.
With World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams along with sister Venus Williams waiting on the sidelines, the postponement was further moved to 1:00PM.
The previous days have seen rain delaying the games for an hour or two before resuming again.
However, as the rains did not show any signs of abating, the day’s games were cancelled and rescheduled.
This is the second time in 16 years that the French Open has been cancelled for a whole day due to incessant rains, Roland-Garros notes. Surprisingly, the last time this scenario played out was in May 30, 2000.
Roland-Garros Tournament Director Guy Forget announced the cancellation of the day’s games. He then went on to campaign for the modernization of the stadium in front of the media.
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He maintained that with the times, having a roof on the courts like Philippe-Chatrier is a necessity.
“We can’t be like that for many years. And although we have very good hope that it will be done by 2020, I hope everything will go on in between now and then so that no one can just stop the process, because once again, it is a necessity.”
Forget also said his heart goes out to the fans, especially the kids in umbrellas, who have been excited going to the French Open 2016 only to be let down by the weather conditions.
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Tickets, however, are all eligible for refund.
Meanwhile, French Open 2016 Day 10 will feature all the postponed matches from Day 9. Day 10 will also include two quarter final matches: Andy Murray vs Richard Gasquet and Stan Wawrinka vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas.