MONTRÉAL, Canada - The opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is just three days away, and for players who competed in the Rogers Cup it's a race against the clock to make it to Brazil in time. There are no direct flights from Montréal to Rio and a perfect storm of bad weather, flight cancellations and overbooking have left several WTA players stranded at the airport.
? WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) August 1, 2016
It all started with flight AA905 from Miami to Rio, the flight most players were scheduled to connect with to take them to the Games. Mechanical difficulties on the plane left Elena Vesnina, Ekaterina Makarova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Daria Gavrilova and more grounded at Montréal's airport, missing their connection.
Our flight to Rio got delayed until 7pm,please somebody in @AmericanAir hold the plane for 1 hour for us!Its like 10 tennis Olympians here??
Meanwhile, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci tried to find the funny side to their misadventures. Hours after missing their flight, the Italians were still chronicling their struggles and swapping ideas for how to get to South America: should they swim? Drive? Fly to Japan?
Volo in ritardo di 3 ore(x ora),perdiamo la coincidenza,tutti i voli pieni,non ci sono posti x arrivare a Rio...Come facciamo?@roberta_vinci
Little by little, players started to find their way out of Montréal and tried to get back on the Road To Rio. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Gavrilova flew out via New York:
Deammm please one seat to Rio from NY for meeeee????????
Was not bad to spend a day at NY but would of been easier to have a guarantee a place on the? https://t.co/lDSvVdTNjM
Got lucky.... flying now to JFK. And then booked to fly out tomorrow morning to Rio... love travel days.... ?
But even though Kerber and Radwanska had the same idea as them, the pair have now ended up getting themselves stranded in New York still figuring a way to get down to Rio.
Second day on the Road to Rio... Still not even close... pic.twitter.com/xWADA06BGP
? Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska) August 2, 2016
And unfortunately for the Rogers Cup doubles champions Vesnina and Makarova, their days-long travel saga continues as they are still stuck in Montréal waiting for answers. Vesnina and Makarova have just three days left to go until the opening ceremony and face the daunting task of getting to Rio in time for the competition.
Urgent?Anyone who is flying tomorrow 2nd of August from Miami to Rio,who is not sure,that u wanna go!please give us any 2 seats to Rio!???
And our plane from Montreal are still not fixed.We couldn't event get out of here...No words. @AmericanAir