The Latest: Tight security testing patience at French Open
Spectators pass security gates when entering the Roland Garros stadium prior to the start of the second round matches of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
Tightened security measures at the French Open, with multiple pat-downs and bag checks, are making getting into Roland Garros a bit of a chore.
There were long lines on Wednesday morning as spectators waited – mostly patiently – to be cleared for entry into the smallest of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Extra precautions introduced following deadly attacks in Paris in November include an initial pat-down, bag check and scan with a metal detector before reaching Roland Garros, followed by another more thorough search at the gates.
Security has also been stepped up for soccer's European Championship in 10 French cities starting next month.
The French Open is finally basking under blue skies after three opening days of damp, cold weather.
Those already out on court Wednesday include fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2014 finalist Simona Halep.
Halep is on Court Philippe Chatrier against Zarina Diyas. On Court 2, Kuznetsova is facing Heather Watson, while Nishikori is playing Andrey Kuznetsov Court 1.