- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Open has changed its schedule, meaning the tournament will end on a Monday for the fourth consecutive year.

The new schedule calls for the men’s final to be played at 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, instead of its original Sunday slot. And the women’s final will be Sunday at 4 p.m., instead of Saturday night.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the schedule changes Thursday afternoon, after rain completely washed out play Tuesday and limited the action to about 15 minutes Wednesday.

The men’s quarterfinals of Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray vs. John Isner will be on Friday. Both men’s semifinals will be Saturday. But the men were given the day off Sunday.

Preparing for a Monday final is nothing new for USTA officials. After the last three years, they’ve learned to book hotels through Monday night and to tell workers to be prepared to stay on an extra day.

Vendors must make sure there’s enough food for Monday. Security must be lined up for another day. And media from all over the world have to rebook their flights.

Tournament director Jim Curley said the schedule was changed “in an effort to be fair to the players and our ticketholders.”

“This is the result of a collaborative effort with the players, CBS Sports and tournament officials to address the issues that arose from the inclement weather earlier this week,” he said.

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