U.S. Open: Officials Cancel 44 Matches Due To Rain

Spectators make their way through the rain on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

 

Steady rain prompted US Open officials to cancel 44 singles matches and postpone completion of 11 others under way when showers halted play Tuesday on the New York hardcourts.

Reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko’s first-round match against Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena was under consideration to be moved under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium for completion.

The Latvian 12th seed led the Spaniard 6-2, 1-6, 3-1 when rain halted their match.

A US Open statement said weather forecasts predicted “continuous rain throughout the remainder of the day,” prompting the wipeouts of outer court matches.

US Jennifer Brady is protected from the rain during her Qualifying Women’s Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament on August 28, 2017 in Flushing Meadows, New York. DON EMMERT / AFP

Still on the schedule were night matches sending 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer of Switzerland against US teen Frances Tiafoe and US 15th seed Madison Keys against Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

World number one Rafael Nadal’s first-round match against Serbian Dusan Lajovic was in the first set on Ashe when the decision was made to end outer court play for the day.

The roof on Ashe was closed after the first set of the day’s opening match — world number one Karolina Pliskova’s win over Magda Linette of Poland.

AFP