French Open suffers first washout in 16 years

 30 May 2016 - 15:06

French Open suffers first washout in 16 years
A spectator uses an umbrella at the central court as rain falls in Paris. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol


Paris: The French Open suffered its first complete washout since 2000 on Monday when all scheduled matches were cancelled due to heavy rain, organisers annouced.

"Due to weather, there will be no matches played at #RG16 today," said the tournament's Twitter feed.

Eight last-16 matches plus two more which had already been held over from Sunday night will now be played on Tuesday.

Three quarter-finals are also due to take place Tuesday -- Andy Murray against Richard Gasquet and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the men's event while Shelby Rogers was to face Garbine Muguruza in the women's singles.

Play had been set to get underway at 1100 (0900GMT) but was eventually called off just before 1400 (1200GMT).

AFP