Weather causes havoc at Italian Open as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer made to wait

Foro Italico Italian Open

Wednesday was meant to be a big day at the Italian Open with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all set to play at Foro Italico, but it was a no-go as the day was a complete washout.

The Big Three along with Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin del Potro and Stefanos Tsistipas were all set to feature, while on the WTA side world No 1 Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens were schedule to play.

However, persistent rain throughout the day first forced officials to postpone the entire day session, but they were hoping to fit in the night session featuring Djokovic against Denis Shapovalov and Philipp Kohlschreiber against Marco Cecchinato with play set to scheduled to start at 19:30.

They were later forced to call off the night session as well and the matches will be rescheduled for Thursday with the day session split into two – one starting at 10am and one at 1pm.

There was at least some good news for fans who bought tickets as organisers announced: “Ticket holders for Wednesday will be able to access the grounds to watch the first two matches on Centre Court and Grandstand (starting at 10am) while those members of the public with tickets for Thursday will be able to watch the matches scheduled from 1pm on Centre Court and Grandstand.”

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