Hurricane Ida Causes US Open Match to Be Suspended Despite Roof

  • Hurricane Ida caused a US Open tennis match to be suspended despite the stadium having a roof.
  • Stadium staff used towels and leaf blowers to dry the court in order to get the match resumed.
  • However, a player slipped in the second set and the game was delayed until Thursday.

A US Open match between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was delayed for more than 30 minutes after rain blasted the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday.

Hurricane Ida has been battering New York and New Jersey and even those inside the stadium were not spared from the torrential conditions despite the roof being closed.

Crew members dry the court after rain enters through the outer openings of the roof

Staff used towels and leaf blowers to try and dry the surface.

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Sideways rain found its way through openings in the roof and proceeded to drench the court as well as the spectators who were forced to don ponchos and put up umbrellas.

With the first set tied at 5-5, play had to be stopped for 35 minutes as stadium staff dried the surface with towels and leaf blowers.

As a result, the match could continue but a slip from Schwartzman in the second set saw it suspended until Thursday.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina discuss the wet court with chair umpire during their Men's Singles second round

The game was suspended when Schwartzman slipped.

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The BBC reports that the Argentine said: “You guys call me when you’re ready to play tennis,” as he left the court.


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