For first time in 16 years, all matches suspended due to rain at French Open

Persistent rain wrecked havoc at the French Open as for the first time 16 years all matches were cancelled at Roland Garros, Paris
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All matches on the ninth day of the French Open were canceled due to persistent rain. It has been 16 years since a whole day of play washed out at Roland Garros on Monday, where the last total washout was May 30, 2000, reports Xinhua.

Organisers of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament said the matches would be rescheduled for Tuesday, and Monday’s ticket holders can apply for refunds but will not be permitted Tuesday entry with tickets dated May 30.

Men’s singles World No.1 Novak Djokovic was initially scheduled to play against 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in men’s singles last 16 , when defending champion Serena Williams was to face 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina.

Both matches were postponed to Tuesday with part of singles quarterfinal schedule to follow up.

Monday’s matches included four games in the last 16 knockouts between men and another four matches between women, in addition to clashes suspended since Saturday because of rain.

The organisers are now keeping their fingers crossed about the dayus ahead and hope that the tournament is able to clear the backlog of matches hit by rain delays.