Once again, the French Open is under fire.
The organization has been struggling a lot with dealing with adverse weather conditions also because they are managing the only slam that has no roof. Eventually, a couple of rainy and windy days coupled with serious mismanagement has created havoc.
The women’s semifinals were played on the outside courts with the open reproach of the WTA CEO Steve Simon, and on Friday they did the big mistake of interrupting the semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem because of rain while…. there was no rain, actually the sun was shining!
Djokovic and Thiem were playing under extremely windy conditions with the huge displeasure of the world no.1 that was clearly struggling to adapt. Djokovic looked utterly unable to focus and in evident distress. The world no.1 lost the opening set 6-2 playing awful tennis and looking completely confused. However, he was great in regrouping after the match was suspended for less than 10 minutes to win the second set 6-3.
Still, the Serbian sensation was far from his best and Thiem managed to conquer an essential break in the 4th game of the 3rd set (3-1) before something incredible happen as the play was suspended for rain.
Eventually, the match was postponed to the following day, but the irony was that in the meantime the sun was shining as the rain forecast was blatantly wrong, but it was too late to resume the match on Friday.
The tournament organizers regret to announce that, due to poor weather conditions, no more matches will be played today at Roland-Garros.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2019
Still dry at Roland Garros. Sorry Monsieur Forget, but the cancellation of play an hour ago has to go down as one of the great howlers. They could have finished the second semi-final by now. And then they wouldn’t have had to refund 15k punters
— Simon Briggs (@simonrbriggs) June 7, 2019
The sky over Chatrier.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 7, 2019
“What the hell? But it’s a joke, really” https://t.co/eKQJpzyrlo
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 7, 2019
When the Djokovic vs. Thiem semifinal play will resume?
The semifinal will start again on Saturday at noon.