It has been a rainy French Open 2016, and not all of the players are pleased with the organizers’ decision to make them play while it is pouring.
On Monday, the ninth day of the French Open, a washout that included flood warnings happened, postponing all of the games for that day and drawing criticisms from spectators and players for the courts not having a retractable roof. The last time a washout happened in the French Open was in 2000.
The rescheduling of plays was chaos for the organizers as well as the players. The players who played the day after the washout which is on Tuesday did not appreciate the organizers’ decision to push through the plays even with a damp weather.
Two of these players are top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep who both made their exits from the French Open last Tuesday after Radwanska lost to Tsvetana Pironkova, 2-6 6-3 6-3 and Halep being beaten by Sam Stosur with 7-6 (0) 6-3.
Both players highly believe that the organizers were not concerned about the conditions of the players, with Radwanska saying the organizers don’t really care about what they think, and Halep saying it was “impossible to play” in the rain and that she thinks no one actually cares about the players.
French Open president Guy Forget said that what happened on Monday is an evidence that building a retractable roof at Roland Garros was important and urgent. The development of Roland Garros was halted after environmental activists who wants to protect nearby greenhouses.
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