At the U.S. Open Tuesday, there was the matter of losing so many second-round matches to rain on the field courts that Wednesday’s schedule calls for a fairly impossible 86 men’s and women’s singles duels across the National Tennis Center grounds.
And, while the retractable Teflon covering allowed business as usual with the Ashe docket, there remains an annoying unintended consequence of being sheltered from inclement weather.
And the truth is that the atmosphere in a closed Ashe tends to take the focus entirely away from the action on the court with a barroom hubbub that never lets up.
Aware of last year’s clamor in the roof’s debut tournament, the U.S. Tennis Association worked at repositioning air-conditioning units and other mechanical sources of loud buzz.
At one point Tuesday, when the chair umpire asked fans to find their “seats, please,” the operator of a scoreboard text that assists the hard of hearing misinterpreted it to “Feet, please.”
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