World News – UA – Tennis stars chill out cold conditions at rescheduled French Open


While the high temperatures of the Australian Open often take their toll, the cold conditions at Roland Garros create their own challenges this year

The first day of play included rain and a low of around 10 degrees Celsius, which briefly interrupted play

Less than an hour after the tournament started, conditions prompted US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka to lead a march in her first round match

10th seed Azarenka fumed when match officials didn’t immediately send her and opponent Danka Kovinic back to the locker room during a rain stoppage on Suzanne Lenglen’s court

Azarenka was leading 2-1 in the first set when a match supervisor asked them to wait a few minutes in their seats on the court to see if the rain would fall, which Azarenka did not like

« No I don’t wait here for a few minutes because I’m cold It’s 8 degrees, 8 degrees I live in Florida, I’m used to hot weather »

Wrapped in a puffer jacket, Azarenka asked Kovinic if she wanted to wait on the court and the 74th-ranked Montenegrin player agreed she hadn’t.

Azarenka and Kovinic were finally allowed to leave before resuming once the rain subsided, with the Belarusian wearing a light jacket more often seen during warm-ups as she won 6-1, 6-2

The tournament, normally played in the spring and summer of the northern hemisphere, has been postponed to the fall in France due to coronavirus

It has long been Rafael Nadal’s favorite hunting ground but even the Spaniard, who has won 12 of the 15 men’s singles titles offered in Paris since 2005, admitted this year could be one of the most successful campaigns. more difficult to date

« The weather is so, so cold It makes it difficult for everyone, » Nadal said ahead of matches start

« The ball is completely different, the ball is super slow, heavy It’s very cold Slow conditions Of course the preparation was less than usual »

Female seed Simona Halep agreed with Nadal’s assessment of the conditions and admitted she was « struggling a bit » in the cold, but said she was feeling « good » « and » confident « because everyone had to face it

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AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Victoria Azarenka, Roland-Garros, Simona Halep, Danka Kovinić, Serena Williams

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