Despite the roof being covered, the US Open match has been postponed due to Hurricane Ida.
Despite playing under a covered roof, rain saturated the court, forcing Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson to quit their second-round match.
Last night, a US Open play was halted as torrential rain began falling sideways into a court that was covered by a roof. As the remnants of Hurricane Ida approached New York, a downpour flooded the roof-covered stadium and rendered it unplayable, Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson were forced to briefly quit their second-round match and later resume on a completely new court.
There were strange scenes at the US Open when it began to rain on the roof-covered court in the tournament’s second-largest stadium.
Last night, Hurricane Ida, which has now turned into a tropical depression, wrecked havoc in New York, prompting the mayor to proclaim a state-wide emergency.
Several matches on the outer courts had to be postponed, and earlier in the day, there was a tedious stop-start session as the rain came and went.
However, as the evening progressed, numerous doubles matches were canceled, and play was restricted to the two main stadium courts with roofs.
At 7 p.m., Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff arrived at Arthue Ashe Stadium, and after the 2017 champion overcame the teenage phenom in less an hour, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino were able to battle on the main showcourt under the dome with no interruptions.
Meanwhile, on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, players and fans were forced to seek shelter when rain streamed in through the holes in the retractable roof’s sides, despite the fact that Flushing Meadows’ second-largest showcourt had also closed the roof for night session play.
As Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson were nearing the finish of the first set when the torrential downpour arrived, play was halted to allow the court to dry up.
They returned after more than a half-hour, as the 11th seed was just able to finish the set on a tie-break, but he slipped halfway through the breaker as rain began to pour on one side of the court once more, and the players had to wait another 10 minutes for the floor to be cleaned with towels.
The roof of the #USOpen has been closed. pic.twitter.com/5D3ruSmnwo
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