French Open Day 9: Play abandoned all day due to rain

Day nine at Roland Garros saw no tennis played for the whole day because of rain – the first time in 16 years that not a single match was played for a whole day at the French Open.

Bad weather has wreaked havoc at this year’s tournament with the opening day of the French Open last Sunday seeing just ten matches being played.

All play was suspeneed on day nine due to rain image: bbc.co.uk

All play was suspended on day nine due to rain
image: bbc.co.uk

Rain delayed the start of the action on Monday and with no improvement in sight, organisers decided to cancel all play for the day at 1:40pm local time.

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were both due to play their last 16 matches on Monday but they will now have to play in a packed line-up on Tuesday.

The weather forecast is not looking good for the rest of the week but hopefully there are enough of sunny spells in Paris this week to allow all play get back on track and prevent any further delays.

If the rain stays away on Tuesday, it will be a packed line-up with all last 16 matches set to be played including defending champion Stan Wawrinka last 16 clash with Spaniard Andre Ramos Vinolas.

Top seed Novak Djokovic faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, Andy Murray faces off against ninth seed Richard Gasquet, while defending women’s champion Serena Williams is due to face Evolina Stivolina of Ukraine.

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