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No play was possible at the French Open on Monday because of rain (AP).

No play at Roland Garros on Monday due to rain

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No play was possible at the French Open on Monday because of rain.

It is the first time since the same day 16 years ago that not a single ball has been hit in anger for a whole day at Roland Garros.

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The tournament has been blighted by poor weather this year but there have been enough dry spells to keep things broadly on schedule.

That changed on Monday as rain delayed the start of play and, with the forecast poor for the rest of the day, organisers decided to cancel all play at 1.40pm local time.

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams had been due to play their fourth-round matches but will now have to try again on Tuesday.

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One day lost to rain is not a major headache, but the worry is the forecast is not good for much of the rest of the week.

All the fourth-round matches in the bottom half of both draws were completed on Sunday apart from the ones between second seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Tsvetana Pironkova and former finalists Simona Halep and Sam Stosur.

But the top halves were due to play on Tuesday and are now at a significant disadvantage.

For the men playing best-of-five-set matches, playing two days in a row is far from ideal, but that is now the scenario facing the likes of Djokovic, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem.

Organisers will desperately hope the delayed matches are able to be completed on Tuesday, but the forecast indicates that is probably unlikely.

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