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Rain ruins first day on court in Sydney

MOPPING UP: Ground staff dry the courts after persistent rain during the day one of the 2015 Sydney International.
MOPPING UP: Ground staff dry the courts after persistent rain during the day one of the 2015 Sydney International. Mark Nolangetty IMAGES

PLANS to play twilight matches in this week's Sydney International to avoid the hottest part of the day could be thrown out the window after wet weather played havoc with the opening day of the tournament.

Scheduled to start at 10am, play eventually got underway at 6.30pm local time.

With more inclement weather forecast every day this week, organisers look set to for a constant battle to squeeze in all the matches. Unless the bureau has got it wrong, it would be a miracle if the men's final could be played as scheduled on Saturday, giving participants little time to get to Melbourne for the start of the Australian Open next Monday.

Italy's Fabio Fognini is the men's top seed in Sydney, ahead of David Goffin, while Romania's Simona Halep and Czech Petra Kvitova are the leading women's seeds.

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