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27 September 2020 12:37

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French Open: Victoria Azarenka unhappy with conditions at Roland Garros

The year's final tennis Grand Slam – the French Open – starts at the Roland Garros in Paris from today (September 27). Tennis fans can catch all the thrilling action from the clay courts on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar on 27th September from 2:30 PM IST onwards. The 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal will aim to move level with Roger Federer's tally of 20 Grand Slam titles when French Open 2020 gets underway. The Spaniard, who skipped the US Open, is considered hot favourite to win a record extending 13th title at Roland Garros. Meanwhile, in the women's singles, Serena Williams relaunches her bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

Roland Garros has a new look for French Open 2020. Without Federer in French Open 2020, it's a great chance for Nadal and Djokovic to close in on the Swiss legend in their race to finish with the most Grand Slam men's singles titles. Victoria Azarenka speaks with a match official as she shelters under an umbrella during her first round match against Danka Kovinic Victoria Azarenka refused to continue playing her first-round match against Danka Kovinic at the French Open because of the chilly autumnal conditions in Paris. The tournament got off to an inauspicious start with US Open runner-up Azarenka unhappy at having to play on a deserted Court Suzanne Lenglen. Rain was in the air and the wind whipping up the clay as Azarenka began her contest with Montenegrin Kovinic wearing a jacket.

She was asked to wait on court to see if conditions improved but refused, calling the playing conditions "a joke" and "ridiculous" before adding: "It's eight degrees, I live in Florida, I'm used to hot weather." Sitting here like ducks," said Azarenka, who put on a bright pink puffer jacket and walked off court. Danka Kovinic (left) speaks with her opponent Azarenka Play continued on the rest of the courts aside from Simonne Mathieu, where Elise Mertens and Margarita Gasparyan refused to start their match, although they did subsequently get under way. Azarenka and Kovinic returned after a delay of around 45 minutes when the Belarusian was in no mood to hang around, losing just two more games in a 6-1 6-2 victory. Margarita Gasparyan covers herself with a towel while it rains during her match with Elise Mertens Meanwhile, Elise Mertens and Margarita Gasparyan twice left Court Simonne Mathieu. The tournament is being held amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in France with players and guests being submitted to a mandatory coronavirus test before being sent to two hotels, which they can only leave to play at Roland Garros or train in the neighbouring Jean Bouin stadium.

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka complained about the playing conditions at the French Open amid light drizzle and low temperatures during her first-round match on Sunday. The U.S. Open runner-up, who entered court Suzanne Lenglen wearing a thick pink puffer jacket, and her opponent Danka Kovinic walked off the court after play was suspended with Belarusian Azarenka leading 2-1. Tennis French Open gets off to chilly start AN HOUR AGO "No, it's eight degrees, I live in Florida, I'm used to hot weather," a furious Azarenka told the supervisor who asked her to wait on court until a decision was made on whether the match should continue. Speaking to her opponent from Montenegro, Azarenka said: "Do you want to wait on court? Sitting here like ducks," said Azarenka.

Roland-Garros French Open 2020 - LIVE updates from Roland Garros 2 HOURS AGO The autumnal French Open got off to an inauspicious start when former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka stormed off the court after venting her frustration at being left to freeze on the sidelines. Just 24 minutes into the tournament at Roland Garros, Azarenka and her opponent Danka Kovinic were forced to take shelter under umbrellas as a mist of rain, strong winds and cold temperatures disrupted their first-round match. Azarenka, who began the game wearing a coat, demanded to see the supervisor after being left to 'freeze' as she awaited further instruction from the tournament officials. Former No.1 Victoria Azarenka vented her frustration at being left to freeze at the French Open Just 24 minutes in, Azarenka and her opponent Danka Kovinic were sidelined due to conditions Wood - who pis a former player herself - sympathised with Azarenka, saying she understood the severity of the conditions, but hoped to get the match back under way. Azarenka was quick to respond, saying: 'You do know but you guys are not playing so you have no idea about how the conditions are. Wood, who was waiting for further instruction from the tournament referee, asked Azarenka to wait on court to see if the rain would pass. Azarenka was frustrated that they were left to 'freeze' while they waited for further instruction Both Azarenka and Kovinic walked off the court before they were technically allowed to do so However, the two-time Australian Open champion had little patience and refused to sit in such conditions. Continuing to highlight her frustrations, Azarenka asked Kovinic if she was happy to sit on the court as they await further instruction. As a result, both players walked off the court before they were technically allowed to do so. The pair returned after a delay of around 45 minutes, while Elise Mertens and Margarita Gasparyan twice left Court Simonne Mathieu. Having initially refused to start the match, Mertens and Gasparyan then called a halt to play again in the third game because of slippery conditions before agreeing to restart once more. The pair returned to the court after a 45-minute delay before Azarenka stormed to victory Azarenka was in no mood to hang around, losing just two more games in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kovinic. Speaking on court, the US Open finalist said: 'I'm glad that I'm able to finish and now I can watch everybody struggle with this weather. Novak Djokovic is chasing a second French Open title Novak Djokovic will not let the ball incident that caused his US Open disqualification affect the way he manages his emotions on court. The world No 1 has another chance to challenge for an 18th Grand Slam crown only three weeks after his shock disqualification from the US Open for accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball struck in annoyance. Djokovic bounced back in typically impressive fashion by winning the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, maintaining his record of not having lost a match in 2020 barring the disqualification. The Serbian said: "Obviously I am going to be extra careful of hitting a tennis ball around the court. That's something that is obviously staying in my mind after what happened in New York. But I don't think that this will have any significant negative impact on how I feel on the tennis court. I won the tournament in Rome just a week later after what happened in New York. "I did not feel any kind of emotional disturbance or difficulty to actually be able to play or still express my emotions in whatever way. I really want to be my best version as a player, as a human being on the court, and win a tennis match. Another potential headache for Djokovic is the French Open's strict coronavirus rules regarding positive tests. Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus during the summer at his disastrous Adria Tour, but said: "I am not concerned about the virus being present or not present in me. I am grateful as a tennis player that I have an opportunity to compete and just play in another grand slam.