Tennis: rain in Rome returns Federer and Nadal on Thursday

Rome – Roger Federer will not play Wednesday in Rome, nor Rafael Nadal: the rain that has fallen continuously since mid-morning in Rome has pushed the organizers to postpone most games to Thursday, now only the night session.

Only the men's Novak Djokovic-Denis Shapovalov and Philipp Kohlschreiber-Marco Cecchinato matches remain on the program from 7.30pm.

Matches scheduled for Wednesday were expected to start at 11:00 am (09:00 GMT), including the meeting between Roger Federer and Portugal's Joao Sousa. Rafael Nadal was to play against Frenchman Jérémy Chardy later in the day.

But it has not stopped raining since around 9:30 in Rome, where it is also unusually cold for the season.

Switzerland's 20 Grand Slam victories have not played in the Foro Italico's courts since 2016, and its presence, announced only on Saturday, provoked tremendous enthusiasm in Rome.

The organizers of the tournament also took the opportunity to significantly increase the prices of seats that remained on sale for Wednesday, which holders will not really enjoy.

Asked about it in a press conference on Tuesday, Federer said it was something like "disappointing".


"I heard that some fans were not very happy. They did this as if it were rewarding those who had already bought their tickets, which is quite strange", said the former N.1 world.

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