Bizarre scenes at the US Open as a second round match is suspended due to rain despite the ROOF closed… with Hurricane Ida in New York wreaking havoc – forcing players to end up on a different field at midnight !
- The game was temporarily halted due to rain at US Open despite the roof being closed
- The rain blew sideways into Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday
- Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson saw their match come to a halt
- New York, where the US Open is held, battled Hurricane Ida on Wednesday
There were bizarre scenes at the US Open when a night game had to be canceled due to heavy rain – despite it being played under a lean-to.
New York, which had to deal with Hurricane Ida on Wednesday evening, continued competition in the second round of the US Open indoor.
But even a roof couldn’t keep out the rain on the Louis Armstrong Stadium pitch, as the game between South African Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was temporarily halted as the pitch was soaked.
The video taken at the stadium on Wednesday shows strong winds blowing rain sideways through openings in the roof into the show field.
The fans who attended the night session appeared to be hiding under umbrellas and jackets, but the bizarre conditions made the field unplayable for both players.
It was decided that the game would be temporarily halted for 35 minutes while the surface was allowed to dry out.
Rain halted play at US Open despite the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium being closed
Fans in the stadium for Wednesday’s night session had to shelter from the rain
Strong winds blew rain into the stadium through openings in the retractable roof
A brief restart enabled Schwartzman to win the first set via a tie-break, but the field soon became unplayable again with more rain creeping through holes in the sunroof, forcing a second delay.
Schwartzman was concerned when he slipped in the first set during the tiebreak.
Fans watched as he called the chair umpire, Nacho Forcadell, who inspected the field.
The court at Louis Armstrong Stadium was hastily wiped clean with towels and play resumed for nearly 10 minutes, but officials were unimpressed with the court’s improvement.
Play resumed at 11:45 PM local time on a completely different field where officials were unable to drain the Louis Armstrong Stadium field.
It was then announced that the game would resume at the Arthur Ashe Stadium pitch after the game between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino.
Diego Schwartzman spoke to the chair umpire when he slipped during the opening set
US Open officials and some volunteers tried to dry out the field using towels
The two players continued on the Arthur Ashe main show court and Argentine ace Schwartzman won 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Angelique Kerber’s clash with Anhelina Kalinina, which was scheduled after that, had to be postponed to Thursday due to the congestion in the tournament due to the reschedules.
While it was unique to see a match on the stadium show courts compromised given their ability to play under shelter, more than two dozen doubles matches had to be postponed due to rain earlier on Wednesday.
A flash flood emergency advisory for the New York area was issued by the National Weather Service and surrounding areas, specifically: parts of the plaza at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center were flooded.
Nearly all New York City subway lines were suspended, and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service between Flushing, Queens, and Manhattan was suspended.
A spokesperson for the US Tennis Association (USTA) said tournament officials were “in very close communication” with city police and transportation officials about the surrounding roads, trains and subway lines connecting the venue to Midtown Manhattan.
New York, where the tournament is held, was put on a tornado watch given the circumstances