Men’s matches postponed because of rain at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) - Men’s matches at the U.S. Open have been postponed because of rain.
Tournament officials were still hoping to get in four women’s quarterfinals Wednesday.
After all matches were postponed Tuesday, the year’s final Grand Slam got in just 15 minutes of tennis Wednesday before wet weather hit again.
Three men’s fourth-round matches originally scheduled for Tuesday started Wednesday afternoon following a 90-minute rain delay, but play was suspended after 15 minutes.
After nearly five hours of off-and-on rain, tournament officials called off all four men’s fourth-round matches. Two men’s quarterfinals had been postponed earlier in the day.
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NEW YORK (AP) _ With a mist hanging in the sky and the back of the court still wet, Rafael Nadal thought it was dangerous to head into Arthur Ashe Stadium to start his U.S. Open match Wednesday. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray weren’t thrilled about starting their matches, either.
Too bad, tournament officials said. The show must go on.
It did. For about 15 minutes.
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“We’re part of the show,” the defending champion said in an interview on ESPN after falling behind 3-0 to unseeded Gilles Muller. “They’re just working for that, not for us. They know it’s still raining and call us onto the court. That’s not possible. … I understand the fans are there. But the players are important in this part of the show, too, and we didn’t feel protected.”
Aware of the criticism, the U.S. Tennis Association released a statement, saying there appeared to be a two-hour window without rain and because of that, officials decided to start play.
“Unfortunately, not all light rain and mist shows up on radar,” the USTA said. “We have experienced referees, and they decide if courts are fit for play. Conditions may be not ideal, but still can be safe. However, if a player or players feel that conditions are unsafe, we listen to them, as we have always done, and the referee uses that information as part of his/her assessment on whether to continue or halt play.”