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Play washed out at French Open for 1st time in 16 years

PARIS -- Persistent rain forced the cancellation of all matches Monday at the French Open, the first wash-out in 16 years at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Organizers said matches would be rescheduled for Tuesday. With no play at all Monday, ticket holders can apply for refunds.

The last total wash-out in Paris was May 30, 2000, according to organizers.

French weather forecasts for the coming days also look grim, with more rain expected Tuesday before a hoped-for break in the clouds on Wednesday.

Weather permitting, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will play Tuesday for a spot in the quarterfinals against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

In the women's draw, both Williams sisters were set to be in action on Monday. Defending champion Serena was to play 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina while Venus was supposed to face last year's semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky.