Rain has final say as tennis is washed out

All 26 tennis matches scheduled at the Olympics on Wednesday, have been postponed due to heavy rain.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Great Britain’s Andy Murray were left frustrated as they endured an eight-and-a-half hour wait before being informed that play had been abandoned for the day. 

Nadal was scheduled to play twice on Wednesday, coming up against Gilles Simon of France in the third round of the men&rsquo’s singles competition before teaming up with Garbine Muguruza in the mixed doubles event to take on the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek in the first round. 

It would now appear that Nadal, who won gold in the singles event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, will have to compete in three matches on Thursday. 

Murray, who claimed the gold medal in the singles competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was scheduled to face Fabio Fognini of Italy, but the 29-year-old will do battle on Thursday instead.

Nadal and Murray are vying to make history at the Olympics by becoming the first player to win two gold medals in the singles event. 

The women’s quarter-final matches will also be held on Thursday, which will see reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber of Germany taking on Great Britain’s Johanna Konta. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, who stunned world number one Serena Williams of the United States in the third round, will be in for another tough challenge as she will go up against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. 

The other two women’s quarter-finals matches will see of Madison Keys of the United States facing Daria Kasatkina of Russia and Monica Puig of Puerto Rico battling against Laura Siegemund of Germany.