French Open washed out for first time in 16 years

first_imgPARIS (AP):Not so much the French Open as the French closed. For the first time in 16 years, unrelenting rain yesterday washed out a full day of play at the only Grand Slam tennis venue without a retractable roof over its show court, clogging the schedule with unfinished and postponed matches and prompting the frustrated tournament director to plead again for a roof as soon as possible.”Our roof is a necessity,” Guy Forget said as players were sent back to their hotels and thousands of would-be spectators told to apply for refunds for their unused tickets.”I’m a bit annoyed today, to say the least.”Chopped and changed plans to modernise Roland Garros now call for a retractable roof by 2020 over Court Philippe Chatrier as part of a modernisation of the cramped clay-court venue in the west of Paris. But opposition and legal action from local residents and environmental activists haVE slowed the ambitious project, which would expand Roland Garros into botanical gardens next door.Tournament organisers hope a ruling expected in September from the Council of State, France’s highest administrative authority, will allow work to proceed.HORRIBLE DAY”We knew today was going to be horrible and it went beyond what we had imagined. That’s why we sent back the players so early,” Forget said.The schedule for today now has top-ranked Novak Djokovic against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first match on Chatrier playing for a place in the quarter-finals.They will be followed by defending champion Serena Williams in her delayed fourth-round match against 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina. Venus Williams’ match against 2015 semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky was supposed to have been played on Chatrier yesterday but was rescheduled as the third match today on Court Suzanne Lenglen.The first men’s quarter-finals are also scheduled: Second-seeded Andy Murray against Richard Gasquet is the third match on Chatrier, and defending champion Stan Wawrinka against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain is scheduled last on Lenglen.For the tournament to have the singles finals over the weekend as planned, players could be asked to play on consecutive days, as opposed to every two days, which is usual when conditions are ideal. That should not be a huge problem in women’s singles, which play best-of-three sets, but could be tougher on men if their singles matches go to five sets. Forget didn’t rule out that the finals could also be postponed.”We are not that far back on schedule,” Forget said. “If they do have, eventually at one point, to play two matches, then I guess the fittest guy will be rewarded for it.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Chamber Orchestra is part of the Society’s work.PICTURE: With the kind permission of John Soffe ( Check his Facebook page (,The Donegal Chamber Music Society has unveiled a feast of classical music concerts over the next couple of weeks.The Society been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County.The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church. This November they have three highly recommended chamber music concerts in Letterkenny including two concerts in the historical setting of Conwal Parish Church as part of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ and one Music Network concert in the Auditorium of the modern Regional Cultural Centre.RTE Contempo String Quartet. Sunday 16th November, 3pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.The Regional Cultural Centre is delighted to present the first ever concert in Letterkenny by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet in Conwal Parish Church onSunday, November 16, at 3pm, in association with Donegal Chamber Music Society. The Contempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, Contempo has won 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields London, The Philharmonie Berlin, The Opera House Tel Aviv, The Waterfront Hall Belfast and National Concert Hall Dublin. Contempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers and composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. RTÉ announced Contempo Quartet as the new RTÉ string quartet last November replacing the outgoing RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.Programme:Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”Hamza el Din: Escalay: The Water WheelHaydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor ‘The Rider’ ******SOLO CELLO in the Regional Cultural Centre. Friday 28th November, 8pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.Following the tremendous success of The Naked Violin Tour with Tasmin Little, Music Network is delighted to present Leonard Elschenbroich, one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, in an evening of masterpieces from the solo cello repertoire. Leonard will interweave his intriguing programme with anecdotes and stories of personal connections to the pieces.My cello voice, My Voice with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich Programme to include:Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3Taverner: ThrenosKevin Volans: A Short Walk in the Gardens of SolitudePiatti:12 Caprices, Op. 25 (No. 7 Maestoso / No.11 Adagio – Allegro)Lucca Lombardi: Essay 3 (Steiner)******DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble. Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.The last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ takes places on Sunday 30th November with another performance by the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (2 vlns, cello, double bass), the resident ensemble of the series.The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s SundayMiscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival. The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny.ProgrammeRossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bassStamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105Concert tickets for all those concerts can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 91 20777DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY UNVEILS STUNNING CONCERT LINE-UPS was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Chamber Music SocietyLine-upNovember concertsRTElast_img read more