US Open Day One; Bumbershoot day

August 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Or Bummershoot day? Okay, so the last four U.S. Opens have been extended to Monday and many times throughout the major’s 44 year history, rain has brought play to a standstill.

The skies above the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows gave way to first rain delay during day one this year.  Four matches were completed before play was suspended today including defending champion Samantha Stosur who quickly took Petra Martic out in 51 minutes (she must have read the weather report).

The weather delay again raises the question of whether the U.S. Tennis Association will ever build a roof in Flushing Meadows. The Australian Open and Wimbledon have roofs on main courts, and Roland Garros will have one by 2017.  USTA’s chief operating officer Gordon Smith said the “span and size but mostly poor soil conditions meant that 15-year-old Ashe cannot support the added weight of a roof.” “However, parts of the upper deck could someday be replaced with lighter-weight materials that would make it feasible.  When the roof design becomes feasible, it will be put into the plan.”

Like may players, when asked what they would change, if anything, about the US Open tournament, Tommy Hass  said “I guess one of the things would be maybe to put a roof onto two stadiums, retractable roofs. You have so many good stadiums here in the United States where the roof closes.”

Maybe until then, we will have to use our crazy American ingenuity again to keep the play going. (see last post: the 1969 men’s final at Forest Hills when a rented helicopter flew into the Stadium Court to act as blow dryer)…


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