AEGON International day five recap: Rain decimates day as only 8 minutes of tennis was played

Day five was supposed to be a packed day of tennis with the eagerly anticipated debut of Novak Djokovic on centre court.

But what transpired was a day of unrelenting rain which meant only 8 minutes of tennis was played.

Richard Gasquet and Sam Querrey were also due to begin their Eastbourne tournaments today, but the Eastbourne rain never let up as the day’s action was finally cancelled at 5pm after some optimistic hopes that play might have resumed earlier in the day.

Day five was also supposed to be the arrival of some of the top female players as well. As both the world’s no.1 & 2 Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep were due to be in action against Kristyna Pliskova and Ying-Ying Duan respectively.

Hometown girl Johanna Konta was also due to play Romanian Sorana Cirstea, a player she knows all too well after their emotional contest in the Fed Cup earlier this season.

Djokovic got 8 minutes of tennis on centre court against Pospisil

The Eastbourne faithful on centre court did manage to get a fleeting look at the world no.4 and 12-time Grand Slam winner albeit it was a rather brief one.

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Djokovic managed to win the first game of the first set, although he did manage to rack up two double faults – but when the rain set in, it stayed and the Serbian will have to wait for another opportunity to wow the Eastbourne crowd sometime tomorrow.

Even though the rain wiped out the day’s play, there is still plenty of reading from the tournament on day five:

Jo Konta says she is feeling good before gracing her hometown tournament once again

Angelique Kerber admits finding the ‘extra motivation’ has been tough this year

Simona Halep is ready to forget about the French Open loss as she prepares for Eastbourne

Karolina Pliskova is feeling confident with Wimbledon around the corner

Image credits – Getty Images – Mike Hewitt & Charlie Crowhurst


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