French Open: rain delays force Ashleigh Barty’s semi-final away from main court

  • Men’s semis will be played on centre court in Paris
  • Organisers’ decision declared ‘unfair and inappropriate’

Ashleigh Barty’s first appearance in a grand slam semi-final will not be on the grand stage normally reserved for a last-four match at Roland Garros, after rain delays pushed the schedule back 24 hours and tournament organisers decided not to do a reshuffle which would allow the women’s matches to take place on centre court.

The decision, taken after rain wiped out Wednesday’s play at the French Open, was branded “unfair and inappropriate” by WTA’s chief executive, Steve Simon, and a former women’s No 1, Amelie Mauresmo, said it was “a disgrace”.

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