Dubai Tennis finals rescheduled due to windy weather

Dubai Tennis finals rescheduled due to windy weather

The continuing uncertainty about the climate and conditions also put the women’s doubles and singles finals in considerable doubt at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.



By Alex Leach (senior Reporter)

Published: Sat 21 Feb 2015, 6:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:45 PM

Dubai – The start time for the first round of men’s qualifying at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was repeatedly revised here on Saturday owing to the windy weather.

Play was expected to begin on the outside courts at 11am, but the tournament organisers put the onset of the action back until 1pm, 2pm and then 3pm.

Two UAE wildcards, Omar Behrouzian and Hamad Al Janahi, were thus kept waiting in their respective quests to get through the two rounds of qualifying and reach Monday’s main draw proper.

Behrouzian was scheduled to play second on Court One against the fifth seed Lucas Pouille, of France, whereas Al Janahi was up first on Court Three opposite fourth-ranked Briton James Ward.

The continuing uncertainty about the climate and conditions also put the women’s doubles and singles finals in considerable doubt at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

The doubles final between Spanish duo of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro and the French-Hungarian pairing, Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos, was set to commence at 5pm.

The singles showdown, which sees the top seeded Romanian Simona Halep take on the 17th ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova, had also been scheduled for 7pm this (Saturday) evening.

Should neither match ultimately take place, they’ll be held tomorrow (Sunday) instead as it’s a completely free day on Centre Court prior to the men’s singles action from Monday onwards.

alex@khaleejtimes.com


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