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Chilly, damp weather at French Open prompts world champion to storm off

Sunday, September 27th 2020, 4:04 pm - Victoria Azarenka was up 2-1 in a match against Danka Kovinic in the first round Sunday when she decided to take action following a game delay caused by light rain.

The start to the rescheduled French Open got off to a wet, windy and cold start, in more ways than one.

The tournament, which was rescheduled to September from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, faced some less-than-ideal weather conditions Sunday, with drizzle, gusting winds and temperatures hovering close to the 10°C-mark.

This wasn't sitting well with two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, who stormed off the court during a break in play because of the damp, chilly weather. Azarenka was up 2-1 in a match against Danka Kovinic in the first round Sunday when she decided to take action following a game delay caused by light rain.

"I'm not going to sit here because I'm going to get frozen," she told a supervisor, who was examining the conditions on the court.

After arguing that it was only 8°C (46.4°F), the former world champion stated that because she lived in Florida, she was accustomed to "hot weather."

"It's ridiculous, it's too cold. What's the point? Sitting here like ducks," Azarenka added.

Azarenka also had this to say on the weather conditions. "I think it's very tricky at the moment to have these conditions. So definitely not going to sit here and complain, but sometimes I think there are smarter ways to handle situations."

Play resumed just under an hour later, which saw the Belarusian player take control of game beating her opponent 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour.

Victoria Azarenka/Reuters Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 27, 2020 Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during her first round match against Montenegro's Danka Kovinic. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Speaking about the interruption, Azarenka said: "I think it's very tricky at the moment to have these conditions. So definitely not going to sit here and complain, but sometimes I think there are smarter ways to handle situations."

On the men side of the tournament, Spain's Rafael Nadal, who is aiming to win his 13th French Open title, also commented on the tougher conditions this year.

Paris, France/7-day outlook

"The ball is super slow, heavy. It's very cold. Slow conditions," Nadal said.

Looking ahead to the next seven days, the chilly, wet conditions are expected to linger in Paris, France.

Thumbnail courtesy of REUTERS/Christian Hartmann.

Sources: CNN| France 24 | The Sun

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