Rain Cancels Play as Novak Djokovic and Williams Wait



Heavy rain has forced day nine of the French Open to be cancelled, meaning top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams must wait to play their fourth-round matches in Paris.

Yesterday’s play was delayed before being called off at about 12:45 BST.

Djokovic’s match against Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut has been rescheduled for 10:00 this morning.
Williams meets Ukraine’s 18th seed Elina Svitolina, before Andy Murray’s quarter-final against Richard Gasquet.

All three matches are scheduled for Court Philippe Chatrier – the main show court at Roland Garros – with British number one Murray’s meeting with France’s Gasquet not starting before 13:00.

However, more rain is forecast in the French capital today. It is the first time in 16 years the rain has caused a whole day’s play to be abandoned at the tournament.

Murray, seeded second, is already through to the quarter-finals after beating American 15th-seed John Isner in straight sets on Sunday.

Ninth seed Gasquet is the only home player left in either singles draw, reaching his first Roland Garros quarter-final by beating fifth seed Kei Nishikori.