A Day of Rain Shuffles the Schedule at the French Open

PARIS — The French Open had its first rainout in three years on Wednesday, with daylong showers at Roland Garros forcing the postponement of the four scheduled quarterfinals in men’s and women’s singles before they began.

This figures to be one of the last complete rainouts in Grand Slam history. Starting next year, Roland Garros will have a retractable roof over the main Philippe Chatrier Court, making it the last of the four Grand Slam events to have at least one weatherproof stadium to allow matches to continue in any weather.

The quarterfinals scheduled for Wednesday will now be played Thursday. Simona Halep and Amanda Anisimova will begin play on Chatrier Court, followed by Novak Djokovic against Alexander Zverev. Madison Keys will face Ashleigh Barty on Suzanne Lenglen Court before Dominic Thiem meets Karen Khachanov.

The women’s semifinals were scheduled for Thursday, but will now be Friday, along with the men’s semifinals.

In 2016, days of rain also forced the men’s and women’s semifinals to be played on the same day.

The women’s finalists will not get a day of rest before their match Saturday, and the player who comes out of the top half of the draw will be playing her third day in a row. In the bottom half, Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova secured their spots in the semifinals on Tuesday and now do not play again until Friday.

In the men’s draw, the rest disadvantage is even more stark. The players who won Tuesday — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — already had two days off before their semifinal.

Whoever reaches the final from the top half of the draw — Djokovic, Zverev, Thiem or Khachanov — will have had to play three best-of-five sets matches within four days, compared with the three matches in six days required of Nadal or Federer.

Ticket holders for Wednesday will receive full refunds, and will be able to attend Roland Garros on Thursday using Wednesday’s tickets, with entry permitted to all courts but Chatrier.

Source: NYT

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