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TENNIS: Rain washes out Sydney final, upsets travel plans

Reuters, SYDNEY

The final of the Sydney International was postponed because of wet weather yesterday.

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen and France’s Julien Benneteau will now meet at 10am today, complicating the travel plans of both players for the Australian Open.

World No. 49 Benneteau’s first match at Melbourne Park, against Slovakia’s world No. 100 Karol Beck, is not scheduled until Tuesday, but Nieminen has been drawn to play on Margaret Court Arena in the night session tomorrow.

Nieminen’s situation is complicated by also being in the doubles final. That match, between Nieminen and Australia’s Matthew Ebden versus the US pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan, will follow the singles, delaying his departure from Sydney even longer..

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