NEW YORK — Even a retractable roof on the U.S. Open was no match for the heavy rain and wind the remnants of Hurricane Ida carried to Flushing Meadows, flattening tree limbs and inflicting flooding across the match grounds, whereas forcing a match to shift from one courtroom to a different after a delay of two 1/2 hours.
“Loopy climate,” was the way in which Eleventh-seeded Diego Schwartzman summed issues up after he managed to beat 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 of their interrupted contest to achieve the third spherical as Wednesday turned Thursday.
The Nationwide Climate Service workplace in New York declared its first-ever set of flash flood emergencies within the area, subway stations and tracks turned so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service and New York Metropolis put in place a journey ban till 5 a.m. ET Thursday for all non-emergency automobiles.
Schwartzman and Anderson initially went out to begin their match at Louis Armstrong Stadium earlier than 7:30 p.m. — however didn’t end till simply previous 1 a.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
These are the one two arenas on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart outfitted with covers that may be moved into place and permit competitors to proceed when Mom Nature causes issues.
The issue Wednesday: Armstrong, a 14,000-seat stadium that was up to date forward of the 2018 U.S. Open, was outfitted with a naturally ventilated roof — and the area purposely left between the concourse and the highest allowed the rain to get blown onto the courtroom by sturdy wind.
So people popped open umbrellas whereas sitting underneath the roof, and Anderson and Schwartzman had been halted at 5-all within the first set whereas staff dried the courtroom. Play resumed, then was stopped once more early within the second set. The match then gave up on the thought of ending at Armstrong and determined to maneuver issues to Ashe — as soon as the in-progress match there between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino ended.
Wednesday’s final scheduled match in Armstrong, between Angelique Kerber and Anhelina Kalinina, was postponed till Thursday.
Schwartzman had no real interest in that kind of state of affairs.
“I used to be able to play and I wished to complete in the present day, not end tomorrow. You by no means know what can occur,” mentioned Schwartzman, a 5-foot-7 Argentine who reached the semifinals finally yr’s French Open and twice has been a quarterfinalist on the U.S. Open. “I used to be attempting to push … to play tonight.”
Then, since issues had been operating so merely and easily as it’s, Mannarino grabbed the third set in a tiebreaker that ended simply previous 11 p.m. to delay that match and, in flip, delay the continuation of Anderson vs. Schwartzman.
On high of that, Tsitsipas headed off courtroom for a bathroom break, as is his wont. Eight minutes elapsed earlier than the fourth set might begin, and Mannarino bought a bunch of tennis balls so he might hit some apply serves to maintain his shoulder free. Tsitsipas returned to boos from spectators.
At the very least issues had been expedited from there. Tsitsipas rolled by means of a 6-0 fourth set in a mere half-hour, and Anderson and Schwartzman wasted little time getting out on Ashe.
The rain made fairly a racket because it pounded towards the surface of Ashe’s roof.
“Simply a number of noise coming from up there,” Tsitsipas mentioned.