French Open: Djokovic, Halep, Thiem face difficult day with rain set to cause delays


On Tuesday, thunderstorms were predicted and eventually arrived at around 4pm and duly came forcing matches involving Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to be stopped.

After a delay of one hour, the matches resumed allowing Nadal and Federer to safely seal their place in the semi-finals.

The top half of the men’s and women’s draw play their quarter-finals today but more rain is forecast at Roland Garros.

Djokovic is scheduled second on Court Philippe Chatrier against Alexander Zverev after Simona Halep vs Amanda Anisimova, which is due to start at 1pm UK time.

But at 12.30pm, the covers are on the main courts and the rain is falling which means play will not start on time.

According to the Met Office, rain is expected for the whole day and with no roof on any of the stadiums, the players face a long wait to see whether there will be any play.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam to not have a stadium with a roof but that will change by 2020.

On Philippe Chatrier, a retractable roof is being built which will cover the stadium in 12 minutes.

“What’s at stake is to modernize, renovate this temple of clay,” said Bernard Guidicelli, the head of the French Tennis Federation.

“We don’t want to be a giant site. This stadium will grow with its plot of land, its heritage plot of land, and will have an extension that will be as retractable as the roof before, during, and after the tournament.

“We want to be what we are, the world championship of clay.

“Our raison d’etre is to be the promoter, the engine, the driving force of clay competition. We have started a process in order to label the big clubs on clay in the world, and they will get the label of the Roland Garros clubs.”


Court Philippe-Chatrier start 1:00pm UK time

Simona Halep (ROU) vs Amanda Anisimova (USA)

Novak Djokovic (SER) vs Alexander Zverev (GER)

Court Suzanne-Lenglen start 1:00pm

Madison Keys (USA) vs Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

Dominic Thiem (AUS) vs Karen Khachanov (RUS)


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