Rain trouble revives roof debate

More rain delayed the start of play yesterday after washing out much of Tuesday’s programme at the season’s final Grand Slam tournament on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

This marks the seventh year in a row that rain has caused major disruptions with showers forcing delays that have pushed the event to an extra day since 2008.

A chance of rain is in the forecast into the weekend and if organisers can’t finish three men’s fourth-round matches on Wednesday, one men’s finalist would have to finish four matches in four days to have the tournament end on time.

At the other three Grand Slams, the Australian Open and Wimbledon both have courts with retractable roofs while the French Open will follow suit by 2016.

US Tennis Association (USTA) officials announced a $500 million renovation plan in June without a roof, claiming to do so was too costly on 23,700-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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