Rain delays start of play in Paris after washout

Reuters News
Posted: May 31, 2016 5:56 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Wet weather has delayed the scheduled start of play at the French Open by at least half an hour, organizers said on Tuesday, one day after the claycourt tournament suffered a first total washout in 16 years.

World number one Novak Djokovic was due to start proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in a fourth-round encounter.

However, steady rain meant play would not start before 0930 GMT (04:30 a.m. EDT), organizers said.

The Williams sisters and British second seed Andy Murray, who is set to take on local favorite Richard Gasquet in a quarter-final clash, are also on the day's schedule.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John O'Brien)