Tennis-Rain delays French Open start

PARIS Tue May 28, 2013 10:33am BST

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PARIS May 28 (Reuters) - Light rain delayed the start of French Open first-round action on Tuesday as impatient spectators were blocked from the Roland Garros courts on yet another gloomy Parisian day.

The sun made a brief appearance on Monday as all matches went to completion, but the expected return of rain forced organisers to delay the start of play by one hour, with no tie starting before 1200 local time (1000 GMT) on Tuesday.

Rain is forecast until mid-afternoon as temperature are set to barely reach 16 degrees Celsius.

Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, the 13th seed, was set to open proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier against Belarussian Olga Govortsova with world number one Novak Djokovic scheduled next against Belgium's David Goffin. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Mark Meadows; mark.meadows@thomsonreuters.com; +44 20 7542 7933; Reuters Messaging:; mark.meadows.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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