NEW YORK — The heavy rain only held off until Day 3 of the U.S. Open, keeping fans huddled under stadium overhangs and the players confined to the competitors’ area under Arthur Ashe Stadium. The delay began around 1 p.m. and, aside from a brief window of action that lasted no more than 20 minutes, play didn’t resume until about 5:30 p.m.
The delay could wreak havoc on the men’s draw, as 17 first-round matches had yet to be completed when the rain hit, including defending champion Andy Murray’s opening match against Michael Llodra, which is scheduled for the evening.
Murray has been keeping a close eye on the weather and sent this hopeful tweet Wednesday morning:
Raining harddddd in manhattan! But play still goes on at flushing meadows, hope it holds—
Andy Murray (@andy_murray) August 28, 2013
Sorry, Andy. It didn’t hold.
Needless to say, the players are bored. There are only so many rounds of Candy Crush one human being can play in a five-hour span. Here’s a look behind the scenes via Twitter:
Who said it only rains at Wimbledon…—
Colin Fleming (@colin_fleming) August 28, 2013