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U.S. Open Has More Problems At Louis Armstrong Stadium

U.S. Open has more problems at the Louis Armstrong Stadium when water began seeping on the court during the match between Andy Roddick, above, and David Ferrer.

U.S. Open has more problems at the Louis Armstrong Stadium when water began seeping on the court during the match between Andy Roddick, above, and David Ferrer.

Two days of rain caused the postponement of many tennis matches for the United States Open on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, but the problems continued on Thursday at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, despite improved weather.

Andy Roddick of the United States and David Ferrer from Spain had started playing on Thursday, but after only 2 games, Roddick pointed out to officials that water was seeping onto the playing surface. The tennis players left the court while workers tried to fix the problem, but when this hadn’t been done after an hour, the game was moved to a different court, a much smaller court. Instead of playing in front of 10,000 spectators, the match was to be completed in front of nearly 600 fans.

The United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said “We’ve had an inordinate amount of rain, and the rubber mat just beneath the surface of the court is completely saturated. The sun is sucking that moisture out of the ground, and the water is actually coming through the surface.”

The fourth round matches need to be completed by Thursday evening if the tournament is to be completed on Sunday with the Men’s final, as scheduled.

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