Roland Garros Suffers First Washout Since 2000

Roland Garros

PARIS, May 30, 2016

Persistent rain accompanied by a flood warning for Paris has cancelled all of the matches scheduled for Monday at the French Open. It is has been the first complete washout at Roland Garros since exactly 16 years ago, on 30 May 2000. Back then, it was the second day of play, when over 50 first round matches were held over. Yet, the tournament finished on time

“Unfortunately the weather conditions do not allow us to start matches today. No matches will be played and we apologize for this situation,” an announcer told fans over the PA System.

World number one Novak Djokovic was due to play 14th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut for a place in the stage of the final eight on court Philippe Chatrier, as well as the women’s top-favourite Serena Willams should have been in action against Elina Svitolina.

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych was scheduled to play 2013 runner-up David Ferrer. All of the matches are postponed to Tuesday with only two men’s quarterfinals taking place. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is facing Albert Ramos Vinolas and second seed Andy Murray taking on French favorite Richard Gasquet.

About 30,000 spectators with tickets for Monday, purchased from the FFT are eligible for full reimbursement after rain forces cancellation of the entire schedule.