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Soggy start leaves French Open fans longing for cover

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Spectators protect themselves from rain as they wait for the start of the French Open women's singles match between Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at Roland Garros in Paris on May 28, 2013.

Rain delayed the start of play Tuesday at the French Open for more than two hours, creating a backlog of matches with the tournament still in the first round.

Last week, tournament officials said they would move ahead with plans to build a retractable roof over center court, despite a court ruling last month that put the project on hold. The roof would be completed in 2018 as part of a $440 renovation million project at Roland Garros. Read the full story.

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Workers sweep water from a canvas covering one of the Roland Garros courts.

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The Philippe Chatrier center court is covered as rain falls on the third day of the French Open.

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A couple holds umbrellas as rain falls on the third day of the French Open.