The World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic began his semifinal match against Dominic Thiem in the French Open 2019. Their match was followed by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s semifinal on Court Philippe-Chatrier which was accompanied by a swirling wind.
Before the officials could pass a formal statement about the play being suspended, Novak Djokovic packed all his belongings and left Stade Roland-Garros before it was formally announced by the French Open officials.
Austrian World Number four, Dominic Thiem made a solid start to seize the opening set and that was the very first set of the tournament which Novak Djokovic had dropped. The Serb could pull off the second one, however, after the reigning finalist, Thiem’s zeal in the match escalated, and Djokovic fell by a break in the third set and then the play suspended at 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 because of the unfavorable weather conditions.
The Roland-Garros organisers called it off just before 6.30 pm (local time) and high winds of up to 80km/h were expected in the evening. “The players had already stopped twice (for rain) and as the referee will tell you, it is painful for everyone, especially the players,” the tournament director said.
The top-seed, Novak Djokovic was enraged with the conditions on the court and he doesn’t really prefer to play in such conditions. The Serb is presently holding a 26-match winning streak in Grand Slams.
“It hasn’t rained for 50 minutes and already play has been canceled,” tweeted Amelie Mauresmo. The former French number one tennis player, Mauresmo blasted upon carrying on the two women’s semi-final matches on the outer courts. “I believe that we have hit rock bottom,” Mauresmo added.
Also, the tournament organisers now have to reimburse the amount for 15,000 tickets to the audience since their tickets won’t be valid for when the semifinal resumes on Saturday noon.