No play as weather wreaks havoc at Classic

There was plenty of rain but not a drop of tennis at Auckland's ASB Classic with all matches for the day cancelled without a ball being struck.

The tournament's singles quarterfinals and two doubles matches were due to be played on Thursday, but there was never a glimmer of hope for any action with a low pressure weather system sweeping across the region.

The morning's drizzle turned to a deluge in the afternoon and despite optimism from organisers until the last minute, the day's matches were called off at 7.30pm.

All four quarterfinals, the semifinals and four doubles matches will now be played on Friday, with play scheduled to start at 10am.

While the rain forecast for Friday is only marginally better, tournament director Karl Budge remains hopeful.

"I've long learned to read not too much into forecasts ... I'll look up and if my eyes don't get wet, we'll try to play some tennis," he said.

He told reporters he felt for the fans left waiting in the cold and rain throughout Thursday. By the afternoon not a soul remained in the stands.

Earlier, despite a dire weather forecaster, a small band of hardy onlookers optimistically showed up at noon.

Two of them, Tracy and Elaine, said they had driven up from Hamilton for the tournament nine years in a row and had never before seen a day completely washed out.

"We were just irrationally hopeful," Tracy said.

The weather has been wreaking havoc with the Classic's schedule this week, with Monday afternoon a near washout and play going past 1am to try to catch up.