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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros – Rain at French Open – Paris, France – 31/05/16. Workers cover the Suzanne Lenglen court due to rain. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

French Open organizers were accused of “not caring about the players” after the tennis event was disrupted by rain following another day’s washout.

The failure to play under cover, with Roland Garros being the only one of the four grand slam venues that does not have a court with a retractable roof, certainly proved costly for Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep — fourth-round losers in the only two matches that were completed on day 10.

Serena Williams’ half of the draw would now need to play on four successive days to win the title if the final takes place on Saturday as scheduled, though more rain is expected.

Novak Djokovic and the men in his half of the draw might have to spend some restless days between each round as they would have to play on four of the next five days to contest Sunday’s final.

Radwanska and 2014 runner-up Halep were obliged to play in misty rain on Tuesday as organizers made failing attempts to clear the huge backlog.

“No one cares about the players in my opinion,” sixth seed Halep said after she was beaten 7-6(0) 6-3 by Australian Sam Stosur in a battle of former finalists.

“It was impossible to play. To play tennis matches during the rain is a bit too much. I was close to getting injured with my back… but no one cares.”

“I’m just so surprised and angry that we have to play in the rain. I mean, it’s not a $10,000 tournament. It’s a grand slam,” said Radwanska, the highest seed to exit the tournament.

“How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in that condition. They really don’t care what we think.”

Only two of 10 scheduled matches were completed as the claycourt major suffered its sixth day of showers, with Djokovic — leading Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 6-4 4-1 — one of 16 players still stranded in the fourth round.