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USTA Cancels Day 9 of U.S. Open

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Rain washed out today’s matches, which included Donald Young, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal.

USTA Cancels Day 9 of U.S. Open

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UPDATE: Adam Zagoria tweeted tomorrow's schedule for the U.S. Open, and I agree with him when he calls it "ambitious."  Instead of Federer, Djokovic and Tsonga playing on Thursday, they will all play tomorrow along with the matches that were supposed to be held today.

The rain finally came to New York City today.  The weather had cooperated for the the first eight days of the U.S. Open, but the USTA had to cancel all of the matches that were supposed to take place today.  Those slated to play included Americans Donald Young and John Isner, UK's Andy Murray, and Spain's Rafael Nadal.  If their matches are played tomorrow and the rain doesn't interrupt any more play, all of these players are faced with a much more grueling task than players like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Adam Zagoria writes over at Zag's Blog that each of these players will now have to win four matches in just five days to take home the title.  Zagoria notes that this could be especially burdensome for a player like Nadal who has had numerous injuries over the summer.  He also cramped up during his most recent post-match interview.  How Nadal is able to handle the physical strain, as well as other players like Young and Isner, will be interesting to watch.  Isner revealed in an quick interview with ESPN's Pam Shriver that he was relieved they wouldn't be kept all night since he has a fantasy football draft to tend to later this evening.

Young vs. Murray was supposed to be the first match of the day but will now take place tomorrow.  Young is the former prodigy who fell off the map and only qualified for the tournament as a wild card.  He has defeated two straight ranked opponents, and will have to defeat fourth-seeded Murray if his dream run is to continue.  Murray is still looking for his first grand slam title after coming close in all the other events.  In 2008, he reached the final of the U.S. Open but fell to Federer in straight sets. 

The other obvious issue raised is whether or not the U.S. Open should invest in a roof.  All of the other grand slam venues have courts with roofs except for the U.S. Open.  Last year, the men's final was pushed to Monday for the third straight year because of tropical storm Hanna.  The size of Arthur Ashe Stadium complicates the logistics and feasibility of a roof, but even if they are fitted to the smaller courts, roofs would greatly benefit the players.  Not as much would have to be asked of guys like Nadal.  When play resumes, CHARGED will continue to cover the fourth and final grand slam tournament.  CHARGED can also still get you great tickets to the U.S. Open as well.


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