Rain delays and cancellations at French Open spark outrage among players
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 06, 2016, 7:20:49 AM EDT
Monday marked the first complete cancellation of matches at the French Open since 2000 and another damp day on Tuesday resulted in further delays and frustration from players.
Slightly more than two hours of play were completed on Tuesday after no play during the morning and several afternoon rain delays. The matches that were completed drew outrage from players for the court conditions.
“I didn’t feel safe on court. This is not right to happen,” Simon Halep, the No. 6 seed, said, according to USA Today.
“It was impossible to play, in my opinion. And to play tennis matches during the rain, I think it's a bit too much,” Halep said.
The No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was also upset with court conditions. “I'm just so surprised and angry, that, you know, we have to play in the rain,” she said. “How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in those conditions.”
During the match between David Goffin and Ernests Gulbis, both players walked off the court, ignoring comments from tournament officials to return to the court, according to USA Today.
Guy Forget, Roland Garros Tournament Director, addressed the issue, "Our aim was to play for as long as possible, even if it meant being criticized for playing in difficult conditions."
"We all know that the weather conditions have been unusual; the last time we saw this was in 1873," Forget said.
Thick clouds remained over Roland Garros on Wednesday and Thursday; however, drier weather allowed for the first two days of uninterrupted play this week.
For the finals on Sunday, clouds will break for periods of sunshine and temperatures will be warm. However, the warmth and occasional sunshine will help to fuel scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain should not be persistent enough to cause cancellations, but there could be enough rain to cause delays.
The threat for thunderstorms will increase through the day, peaking during the afternoon and evening which could impact the finals.
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