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SBD Global/June 11, 2012/Facilities

French Open Final Rain-Delayed, Hopeful To Continue Monday

The Men's Singles Final at the French Open was postponed during the fourth set on Sunday, and even before the match started, there had been "a lot of talk about a possible Monday final, so bad was the forecast, but the players took to Court Philippe Chatrier on time, albeit under leaden skies," according to the London TELEGRAPH.  During the fourth set, Rafael Nadal "made his feelings known" to referee Stefan Fransson saying that the conditions had been the same for an hour, while his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, "was also clearly angry as he disappeared into the locker room," and play was officially called off at 8pm local time. The match is set to resume Monday at 1pm, although the forecast again calls for rain, "and the last time they did not manage to complete the final here" on a Sunday, it was '73 and the match did "not finish until Tuesday" (TELEGRAPH, 6/10). The BBC's Aimee Lewis noted that "play was suspended because of persistent rain. Whether the match will conclude on Monday, however, "is open for debate" as rain is forecast throughout the day (BBC, 6/11). L'Equipe noted that for the first time since '73, "the final of Roland Garros will end Monday" (L'EQUIPE, 6/10).
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