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Sunday 22 May 2016 20:44 PM BST
French Open 2016 Day 1: Kvitova & Kyrgios home and dry in soggy Paris
Wimbledon.com's highlights of the opening day of Roland Garros 2016 in Paris READ MORE

The French Open looks and feels a bit different this year from any other. There are extra layers of security following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November while things have also changed inside the grounds.

Courts 7, 9 and 11 have been demolished as part of a 350 million euro (270 million pounds) refurbishment of the site which includes the addition of a retractable roof over the main Court Philippe Chatrier.

But one thing remains the same in Paris in the spring time; the temperamental weather.

Although the forecast had looked ominous with rain expected for pretty much the whole of Sunday, there were four hours of play before the first announcement of “match interrompu.” By that time, Petra Kvitova and Nick Kyrgios were back in the locker room and safely through to the second round.

Play was resumed after almost three hours, before being called off again with only 10 of the 32 scheduled matches completed. Britain’s Heather Watson was a point away from going down 3-1 in the final set against her American doubles partner Nicole Gibbs when rain stopped play for the day.  

Although it was a tough day for players, spectators and tournament organisers, there were some highlights. Here they are:

Moment of the day

What a comeback for Lucie Safarova. 

Having reached the final here 12 months ago, the Czech was hospitalised by reactive arthritis, something that kept her off the Tour for months. She lost five consecutive first-round matches on her return but won Prague in April and on the opening day in Paris, she romped past Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-0 6-2. A good-news story all round.

Match of the Day

Opening a grand slam tournament on the main show court is never easy, even if your name is Petra Kvitova and you are used to that sort of thing as a two-time Wimbledon champion.

It looked as if Kvitova was on the way to a quick win against 57th-ranked Danka Kovinic on the main Court Philippe Chatrier as she dictated play, taking the first set 6-2 and leading 3-0 in the second.

But the 10th-seeded Czech let her opponent back into the match as conditions became heavier and her mighty serve started to falter.

After Kovinic took the second set with a beautiful lob, Kvitova was two points away from defeat at 5-4 down in the decider before taking the next three games and the match, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

“I was just trying to put the ball in, but it's not really my game,” Kvitova said afterwards. “So that was kind of difficult.”

Shot of the day

Dustin Brown, who turned into a walking highlights reel when defeating Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon last year, came up with another beauty against Israel's Dudi Sela in the first round of Roland Garros:

Stat of the day

The 2016 French Open will go down in history as the first grand slam event without Roger Federer this millennium.
Yes, you read it right. The Swiss maestro has not missed a grand slam tournament since the 1999 US Open, when Bill Clinton was in the White House and Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis finished the year as No. 1.

Starting from the 2000 Australian Open, Federer has played an incredible 65 grand slam events in a row until a back injury he sustained in Madrid earlier this month forced the 34-year-old, the winner here in 2009, to withdraw.

“It's a shame not to see him in the draw,” defending champion Serena Williams said in her pre-tournament press conference. “He's always such a staple.”

Quote of the day

“Now I’ve seen it all,” a confused Nick Kyrgios said to chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being handed a code violation at the end of the first set against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato for apparently raising his voice to one of ball children when asking for a towel.

“What rules am I breaking?”
Kyrgios explained his request had been a bit louder than usual so he could make himself heard amid a vociferous crowd on Court 1, also known as “The Bullring".
But the controversy didn’t stop the 17th-seeded Australian from getting the job done as he slammed 16 aces down in a highly entertaining encounter, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.