The clay courts at Roland Garros turned to mud as rain buffeted the grounds throughout the French Open. Dampened conditions on the ninth day of the tournament forced the first cancellation of matches in 16 years. As rain continued to suffocate Paris, competitors fumed at officials as play resumed on what they believed were unsafe courts. The sun made its only cameo appearance right after Novak Djokovic collapsed to the ground and exhaled. The world’s top-ranked tennis player finally captured the one Grand Slam trophy that eluded him his entire career.
Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew with a left wrist injury after he cruised past the third round. The king of clay has made a habit of early exits as he failed to participate in the fourth round of the last four major tournaments. Fellow legend Roger Federer skipped the French Open altogether to recover from a
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