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Rain disrupts French Open schedule

Bad weather has put a dampener on the start of the French Open


Further rainfall at the French Open tennis tournament has seen the postponement of three matches involving Swiss players.

All three of the Swiss women taking part in this year's Grand Slam event were due to be in action on Tuesday. But persistent bad weather in Paris now means that Patty Schnyder, Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian will now have to wait until Wednesday at the earliest to begin their French Open bids.

In the men's draw Swiss world number eight Roger Federer is still expected to play his opening round match against Morocco's Hicham Arazi on Tuesday.

Monday's opening day action was also heavily disrupted by rain in the French capital, but Swiss men's number two Michel Kratochvil and Swiss number four Ivo Heuberger were both able to complete their matches.

Kratochvil succeeded in booking his place in the tournament's second round with a four-sets win over Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty. Heuberger was less fortunate though, crashing out in straight sets after being drawn against defending champion and three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil.

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