For the 1st time in 16 years, the French Open is washed out

PARIS (AP) Persistent rain forced the cancellation of all matches Monday at the French Open, the first wash-out in 16 years at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Organizers said matches would be rescheduled for Tuesday. With no play at all Monday, ticket holders can apply for refunds.

The last total wash-out in Paris was May 30, 2000, according to organizers.

French weather forecasts for the coming days also look grim, with more rain expected Tuesday before a hoped-for break in the clouds on Wednesday.

Weather permitting, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will play Tuesday for a spot in the quarterfinals against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

In the women's draw, both Williams sisters were set to be in action on Monday. Defending champion Serena was to play 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina while Venus was supposed to face last year's semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky.