For the 1st time in 16 years, the French Open is washed out
PARIS (AP) —
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.