ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperSports / TennisSoccerBasketballVolleyballTennisGolfTrack & FieldSwimmingMotorChinaStarsEditors Pick:Brazil World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto diesLippi to be coach of Chinas national team: reportRio 2016 Olympic GamesSilk Way RallyKobe BryantJust in:China beats Germany 7-4 in mens curling Olympic qualification10:31Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach10:12Spanish coach Lillo parts ways with Atletico Nacional09:59Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in UEFA Champions League09:23Guoan swoops for Lucas08:41NBAs Shoemaker ending China stint08:41Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics07:58David Shoemaker to step down after seven years as NBA China CEO14:46Former Jiangsu Suning striker Jo voted best player in Brazil10:42Paraguay part ways with coach Arce10:28new srcMarquee(“ScrollMe”,0,1,808,30,30,3000,3000,30)Rain wipes out play at French Open; first washout since 2000(Agencies) Updated:2016-05-31 09:40Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallPARIS – Persistent rain accompanied by a flood warning washed out an entire days play at the French Open on Monday for the first time since 2000, throwing an unwelcome spotlight on delayed plans to build a retractable roof over Centre Court. Spectators leave after matches are cancelled due to rain.  [Photo/Agencies]The abandonment also created a scheduling headache for organisers, who called off play shortly before 2pm local time, pushing 10 fourth round singles matches, including those featuring world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, back to Tuesday.While the three other grand slams – Wimbledon, US and Australian Opens – all have at least one showcourt with a roof, Roland Garros fans will have to wait till 2020 or later before any covering appears.French Open director Guy Forget said Mondays non-event – coming on top of four rain-affected days earlier in the tournament – proved that installing a roof as soon as possible was essential.Roland Garross redevelopment plans have been put on hold by environmental activists looking to protect nearby greenhouses.”For those in our country who still have doubts and who ask themselves do we absolutely need to modernise our stadium?, look at the facts. Today offers proof that this is absolutely necessary,” Forget told reporters.Mondays flood warning from the French national weather was at orange – the second highest alert level – and covered parts of northern France including Paris and surrounding areas, and said heavy rains could continue until Tuesday afternoon.Instead of staging just four quarter-finals on Tuesday, organisers – who told soggy and disappointed fans to apply for refunds from the tournaments website – will have to clear the backlog of last-16 matches first.Now only two mens quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday, defending champion Stan Wawrinkas showdown with Albert Ramos Vinolas and second seed Andy Murrays highly-anticipated duel with French favourite Richard Gasquet.The delays will also affect competitors as those hoping to win the title will have to play matches on successive days if the tournament is to finish on Sunday as scheduled.More than 50 first-round matches were held over during the previous washout on May 30, 2000. That tournament finished on time.Rain forced the postponement of the 2012 mens final between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, which was held over two days and finished on the Monday.PONCHOS AND UMBRELLASWhile a handful of sodden spectators sat hunched under umbrellas on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday watching a replay of Gasquets emotional win over Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori a day earlier, thousands of others took shelter by cramming into the corridors under the main showcourts.Americans Dot Hillegass and daughter Kim McGeorge had tickets for Chatrier – on what was to have been a highlight of a six-day trip to Europe and their first experience of live professional tennis.Told the washout was the tournaments first since 2000, Kim McGeorge remained philosophical. “What are the odds on that? It was obviously not meant to be,” she said.”Its a disappointment. They need a retractable roof,” said her mother, unwittingly tapping into the days hot debate.The miserable weather meant brisk trading for the shops and boutiques in the grounds.And there were no prizes for guessing which products were flying off the shelves.”Above all, its the umbrellas and ponchos that are doing well,” said Vincent Martinez, human resources coordinator for shops selling Roland Garros-branded merchandise.”But people are going home earlier so in general we prefer sunny days.”Souvenirs in hand, an estimated 25,000 ticket-holders started trudging out of the grounds at 1:48 pm – with their only memory being that they went to Roland Garros on the day rain washed out play for the first time in 16 years.Shopping should be part of a special experience for tennis fans, Martinez said, adding: “Today was also unforgettable, though perhaps not in the best way.” 0PhotoPyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay kicks offTokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympic GamesFed Express eclipses his old foe Rafa againChinese sprinter Su Bingtian and wife hold wedding ceremony in hometownLi Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan OpenPlayer party held for 2017 WTA Wuhan OpenMost PopularWhats HotWarriors beat Thunder to book NBA title showdown with CavsHighlightsRain wipes out play at French Open; first washout since 2000Li Na in French Open tour to promote event in hometownCurry, James named 2015-16 All-NBA first teamFans flock to see Mike hikeSpecial2016 Chinese F1 Grand Prix in ShanghaiShanghai Rolex MastersIAAF World Championships Beijing 2015Beijing wins 2022 Winter Games bid…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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