History[ edit ] Officially named in French Championnats Internationaux de France de tennis and Tournoi de Roland-Garros the "French International Championships of Tennis" or "Roland Garros Tournament" in Englishthe tournament is referred to in English as the "French Open" and alternatively as "Roland Garros", which is the designation used by the tournament itself in all languages. They were only open to tennis players who were members of French clubs. The first winner was a Briton—H. Briggs—who was a Paris resident.
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash said there had been a lot of play in rain at this year's tournament BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller pointed out that there was plenty of daylight left Will the women's final start on time? The men's semi-final will resume at BST on Philippe Chatrier, three hours before the women's final between Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova is due to start.
French Open organisers explained the decision, saying: "The conclusion of this men's semi-final is scheduled for midday tomorrow.
The two players therefore have three hours to finish their match. That should be sufficient time to allow the women's final to start on time.
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Britain's Johanna Konta said she was "surprised" at her semi-final being moved out to the 5,seater Court Simonne Mathieu, which was barely a third full for her defeat by Vondrousova. WTA boss Steve Simon had called the decision to move those matches "inappropriate and unfair", while Mauresmo said it was a "disgrace".
Djokovic drops first set of tournament in windy conditions Djokovic, 32, is aiming to become the first man in the Open era to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time on two separate occasions, while Thiem, last year's runner-up, is bidding to become the first Austrian player to reach a second Grand Slam final.
Both players had to play quarter-finals on Thursday after rain stopped play on Wednesday and the weather interrupted them again in the semi-final, the winner of which will play time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.
There were strong winds on Chatrier, whipping up the red dirt and at one point sending an umbrella flying across the back of the court. Thiem, 25, who has never beaten a world number one at a Grand Slam, coped better with the conditions initially.
The Austrian's powerful shots cut through the breeze, while Djokovic, playing in his first French Open semi-final since , made repeated errors.
After being broken twice in the first set, Djokovic asked the umpire whose responsibility it was to decide whether it was too windy to continue, but play carried on and he dropped a set for the first time this tournament.
An umbrella flew across the back of the court behind Djokovic in between points Play was then suspended because of rain with the score on serve in the second set. The break only lasted 10 minutes before the players were back on court.
Momentum then shifted Djokovic's way as he got a break of serve, then held to level things at one set each.
Thiem went up after breaking the time Grand Slam champion's serve in the third set but he was halted once more as the wind and rain worsened. Djokovic and Thiem left the court at about BST, with the decision to cancel play for the day taken about 40 minutes later. At that stage there was bright sunshine and clear sky over Roland Garros, which lasted for about another 50 minutes before dark clouds returned.
However, the expected rain did not reappear until around BST.