Samantha Stosur

French Open play rained out for first time in 16 years

French Open play rained out for first time in 16 years

Not so much the French Open as the French closed. For the first time in 16 years, unrelenting rain Monday washed out a full day of play at the only Grand Slam tennis venue without a retractable roof over its show court, clogging the schedule with unfinished and postponed matches and prompting the frustrated tournament director to plead — again — for a roof as soon as possible. 

“Our roof is a necessity,” said Guy Forget as players were sent back to their hotels and thousands of would-be spectators told to apply for refunds for their unused tickets. 

“I'm a bit annoyed today, to say the least.” 

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