French Open 2013: Elena Baltacha and Heather Watson forced to wait as rain delays third day in Paris
No play before midday, organisers announce
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Rain delayed the start of the third day's play at the French Open in Paris.
After two days of dry conditions to start the tournament, a poor forecast proved correct as rain began to fall just before the scheduled start of play at 11am and quickly became steady.
Organisers immediately announced there would be no play before midday, but the forecast indicates the rain is not likely to clear before later this afternoon.
The first round is due to be completed in the men's and women's singles today, with Elena Baltacha and Heather Watson scheduled third and fourth on Court Three, meaning there is a very good chance neither may play.
Rain is not uncommon at the French Open, and last year the men's final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had to be completed on the third Monday.
The French Tennis Federation have announced plans to put a roof on the centre court, Philippe Chatrier, but it will be another five years at best before indoor play is possible.
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