Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

"Todos somos Americanos"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Sydney siege: Australians show solidarity with Muslims

Read more

ENCORE!

"Charlie's Country" director Rolf de Heer on the contemporary Aboriginal condition

Read more

FOCUS

Hunt for Joseph Kony and LRA militants continues

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

‘China needs Tibetan culture of peace,’ says Dalai Lama

Read more

FACE-OFF

Immigration in France: Hollande slams scaremongers

Read more

ENCORE!

'Charlie's Country' director Rolf de Heer on the contemporary Aboriginal condition

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Egypt: Gay community fears government crackdown

Read more

DEBATE

Taliban school massacre: At least 140 dead in Peshawar assault (part 2)

Read more

Sports

US Open to begin on schedule after weathering Irene

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-29

The US Open will begin Monday with minor tweaks to the day’s original schedule, since the site of the tournament only suffered “minimal damage” from Tropical Storm Irene, according to the US Tennis Association.

AP - The U.S. Open will begin Monday with tweaks to the day’s original schedule, including a two-hour delay for the start of play at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The U.S. Tennis Association said Sunday that the site of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament had “minimal damage” from Tropical Storm Irene.

The gates at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will open to the public at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) Monday, and matches will start as planned at 11 a.m. on nine of the tournament’s 13 courts, including Louis Armstrong Stadium.

At Arthur Ashe Stadium, the U.S. Open’s main arena, play is to begin at 1 p.m., instead of 11 a.m. The match that originally was supposed to be the first one played there - reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic against Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania - was switched to Louis Armstrong Stadium, leaving Ashe with two day-session matches, instead of three.

Play at Court 17 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., too. Matches at the Grandstand and Court 11 are to begin at noon.

Irene made landfall in New York as a tropical storm with 65 mph winds, not the 100 mph hurricane that had churned up the East Coast.

The U.S. Open is scheduled to end with the men’s final on Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the 2011 terrorist attacks. Each of the past three years, rain disrupted the end of the tournament, pushing the men’s final to Monday and sparking discussion about whether the USTA should put a roof over a court.
 

Date created : 2011-08-29

  • TENNIS

    Sharapova takes Cincinnati title

    Read more

  • TENNIS

    Murray, injury end Djokovic run

    Read more

COMMENT(S)