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Published August 27, 2012, Page 19
|Roger Federer looks on after play was suspended for rain during the 2011 U.S. Open.
Rain has wreaked havoc on the schedule four years running. Will the event get soaked again and force matches to be rescheduled?
This could be the last year of the format of having the men’s semis and women’s final on the same day. The Open is committed to giving men a day of rest between their semis and final starting next year, and the only way to do that may be to scrap the popular, at least for fans, “Super Saturday.”
At last year’s Open, player discontent with the Slam bubbled over, whether it was prize money, water seeping onto the playing surface, or the scheduling of the men’s final. In July, the USTA hiked prize money, but we hear players are still unhappy and want more pay.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
|The days are numbered for Louis Armstrong Stadium, which battled water seepage in 2011.
In the next decade, the venue will be replaced, but for now, it’s the No. 2 court. Last year the stadium had to be shuttered when water seeped up onto the court. Here is hoping there is no repeat.
It’s been eight tourneys since an American last won the Open (Andy Roddick in 2003). American fans have become more accustomed to non-American names, but no doubt getting an American in the final would make CBS Sports very happy.