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Rain forces postponement of first day’s play

December 30, 1996

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ First-round matches in the $107,500 New Zealand Classic tennis tournament were postponed Monday due to heavy rain associated with a passing cyclone.

The tournament has been hampered since Sunday by torrential rain, poor light and strong wind caused by the remnants of Cyclone Fergus.

Tournament organizers also said the remaining eight qualifying matches postponed from Sunday would be played indoor. Play in the main draw will begin as soon as weather conditions allow, likely by Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Feature matches rescheduled for Tuesday at the Stanley Street tennis center include defending champion Sandra Cacic against Argentina’s Innes Gorrochategui and Judith Wiesner of Austria against former champion Ginger Helgeson Nielsen of Alpine, Calif.

Top seed Anke Huber of Germany is also scheduled to play her first-round match Tuesday against Francesca Lubiani of Italy.

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