French Open Postpones Due to Rain

Published May 31st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Persistent rain wiped out all play at the French Open on Tuesday - the second day of the tournament. 

Organizers announced at 1740 local time (1540GMT) - almost seven hours after the scheduled start of play - that they had abandoned all hope of playing any matches for the first time since 1973. 

Play had been scheduled to begin at 11am local time (0900GMT) but two deadlines came and went before the decision was taken to abandon play and offer refunds to ticket holders. 

Thousands of fans flocked to the complex despite the rain. Many of them sat glumly huddled under umbrellas, while others milled about aimlessly. 

While the rain continued to fall on Tuesday, Wednesday's forecast is for improved conditions. 

A total of 64 matches: 32 first-round men's singles and 32 first-round women's singles had been scheduled to be played Tuesday. 

Highlights of Tuesday's scheduled program had included defending men's singles champion Andre Agassi of the United States facing French wild card Anthony Dupuis and third-seeded Swede Magnus Norman playing French qualifier Thierry Guardiola. 

On the women's side, second-seeded Lindsay Davenport had been scheduled to open against Belgian player Dominique Van Roost and fourth-seeded Venus Williams had been set to play Jana Kandarr of Germany - (AFP)

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