Play at US Open is halted by rain even with stadium roof CLOSED as New York is hit by remains of Hurricane Ida and fans stranded by subway closures
- 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
- The subway and all non-emergency vehicles were banned from the road until 5am
- Fans who watched the final match were stranded in the stadium
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 is dealing with the effects of Hurricane Ida, continued competition in the second round of the US Open indoor.
Hurricane Ida swept across the northeastern region on Wednesday, causing flash flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, leaving 280,000 people without power.
More than 60 million people in the northeast have been placed under flash flooding as Ida – now a tropical depression – invades the area and reports in the US say at least eight people have died.
At the US Open, even a roof couldn’t keep out the torrential rain on the Louis Armstrong Stadium pitch, as play between South African Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina was halted while the pitch was soaked.
Video footage 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 nighttime session had to hide under umbrellas and coats, 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 went on to win 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round.
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.
New York, where the tournament is held, was put on a tornado watch given the circumstances
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Emergency aid is seen in medium water as they rescue a woman from her car
NEW YORK CITY: Trains were flooded with waterfalls, while subway stations were completely flooded
A flash flooding emergency for the New York area was issued by the National Weather Service and surrounding areas, with: parts of the plaza near Billie Jean King National Tennis Center flooded.
The ‘Emergency Warning’ is the highest level of flood warning and indicates immediate and significant threats to life and property.
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.