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

Children discharged from hospital following weekend Aura incident

first_imgTwo children have been discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital following Saturday’s incident at the Aura Leisure Centre.The two young boys spent Saturday night in LUH – one of them in the hospital’s intensive care unit – after an incident that saw water from the Aura swimming pool’s filtration system leak back into the pool.Six children presented to LUH with various symptoms and the two boys were detained due to respiratory issues and with irritated skin, caused by a reaction to the water. One of the boys was kept in ICU on Saturday night with the other in the paediatric ward.The two were discharged on Easter Sunday afternoon.Up to 60 children were assessed and treated on site after the incident at around noon on Saturday.Initially, the hospital’s emergency plan was put in place with staff called in, before being deactivated a short time later. Over a dozen emergency service vehicles attended the scene.Parents praised the action of staff members on-site at the Aura Leisure Centre for their prompt evacuation of the complex.Yesterday, management at the Aura apologised for what they said was a ‘misleading statement’ issued on Saturday night, which claimed that all children had been discharged.“The safety and wellbeing of the children in question is of our utmost concern,” the statement read.A parent, who was in the viewing gallery at the time, described witnessing ‘a green liquid spraying into the pool’. “My three children were in the pool and my son said he was diving when he saw a dark fluid coming out in the pool under the water,” one mother told Donegal Daily.A statement from the Aura explained: ‘An issue arose where backwash (which is pool water that is contained in the filtration system) leaked back into the pool which caused some cloudiness and gave rise to foul odours.’Children discharged from hospital following weekend Aura incident was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:auraAura Leisure Centreemergency servicesICUintensive careletterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitalluhlast_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Answering all your post-draft questions

first_img1. @JPERO_15: Does Clelin Ferrell have any realization to Will Ferrell? They kinda look a likeGoodbye, Jake.2. @almustgo: To date, they’ve … You can finally exhale, Raider Nation.That long-awaited draft is over and the three first-round picks will be on the field Friday for the start of mini-camp, along with six others draftees and a host of undrafted free agents and rookie minicamp invitees.Only 132 days until the season opener…Let’s get to your mailbag questions for this week.last_img read more