PARIS (AP) — The Newest on the opening day on the French Open:
Lower than an hour into the French Open, chilly and damp circumstances on the main that has been postponed from its normally extra nice spot in Might and June are inflicting grumbling and a mood outbreak from Victoria Azarenka.
The No. 10 seeded Azarenka fumed when match officers didn’t instantly ship her and first-round opponent Danka Kovinic again to the locker-room throughout a rain interruption Sunday on the Suzanne Lenglen court docket.
Azarenka was main 2-1 within the first set when a match supervisor requested them to attend on their courtside seats for a couple of minutes to see if the falling rain would move.
“I’m going to get frozen,” she complained. “No. I’m not ready right here a few minutes as a result of I’m chilly. It’s eight levels, eight levels, I stay in Florida, I’m used to scorching climate.”
Wrapped up in a puffy pink coat, Azarenka requested Kovinic if she needed to attend on court docket. The 74th-ranked participant from Montenegro agreed that she didn’t.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s too chilly,” Azarenka grumbled, earlier than strolling off court docket. “What’s the purpose? Sitting right here like geese.”
Postponed and its crowds practically all pushed away, the French Open is lastly underway, defying each the coronavirus and autumn rain with play for the primary time underneath the brand new roof on the revamped Philippe Chatrier showpiece court docket.
A crowd, if it might be referred to as that, of round 150 spectators was readily available to see David Goffin, seeded eleventh, and Jannik Sinner from Italy hit the primary balls in principal draw play Sunday underneath the Chatrier roof which means the French Open joins the opposite majors as with the ability to assure play in inclement climate.
It is going to want it: the forecast is grim for the approaching days of its covid-enforced autumn slot, pushed again from Might and June.
With just one,000 spectators allowed per day, the cool climate and gamers present process batteries of checks, the fortnight guarantees to be distinctive, a far cry from the standard pageant of Grand Slam tennis on the clay courts on the western fringe of Paris.
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