QUEENS, NY, September 1, 2016 –
Last night’s late talk didn’t center on Rafa Nadal‘s easy win over Andreas Seppi.
Instead, it was about the roof, the US Open’s new retractable roof, which was shut for the first time as a slight drizzle began to fall.
According to the USTA:
“The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium was activated for the first time during the second round match featuring Rafael Nadal – Andreas Seppi. Play was suspended at 10:38:58 PM ET and play resumed at 10:46:20 PM ET (total suspension of play was 7 minutes and 22 seconds). The roof closed in 5 minutes and 35 seconds.”
While we had mixed feelings about the roof — there was nothing better than sitting in an open stadium and taking in the grandeur of the New York skyline – we have to admit the new canopy is great for fans.
Even with today’s downpour, Arthur Ashe ticket holders didn’t have to worry about play being suspended.
While tennis was halted for part of the day outside of Ashe Stadium, fans inside watched 5-seed Simona Halep (ROU) and 2-seed Andy Murray (GBR) sail to easy wins.
Other victorious players today included 1-seed Serena Williams (USA); 3-seed Stan Wawrinka (SUI); 6-seed Venus Williams (USA); 4-seed Agnieska Radwanska (POL); 6-seed Kei Nishikori (JPN); 8-seed Dominic Thiem (AUT); 10-seed Karolina Pliskova (CZE); 11-seed Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP); and 11-seed David Ferrer (ESP).
Today’s upsets? Vavara Lepchenko bested 15-seed Timea Bacsinszky; (SUI); Shuai Zhang (CHN) beat 16-seed Samantha Stosur (AUS); Joao Sousa (POR) defeated 16-seed Feliciano Lopez (ESP); Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) trounced 19-seed Steve Johnson (USA); Daniel Evans (GBR) topped 27-seed Alexander Zverev (GER); and Paolo Lorenzi dropped 30-seed Gilles Simon (FRA) in a five-set stunner.
BEST QUOTE – US OPEN DAY FOUR
After learning Beyonce attended Serena Williams‘ match, 4-seed Agnieszka Radwanska said with a grin: “Really? Why not at my match? It’s so unfair.”
CELEBRITIES – US OPEN DAY FOUR
Notables seen around the stadium included married musicians Beyonce and Jay Z; actress Bridget Moynahan; actress Danielle Brooks; actress Adrienne C. Moore; baseball player Daniel Murphy; sports commentator Dick Vitale; and lawyer David Boies.
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US OPEN PHOTOS – US OPEN DAY FOUR
Under a dry roof, 2-seed Andy Murray (GBR) bested Marcel Granollers (ESP) in three straight sets.
Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the roof closed.
Beyonce and Jay Z not attending Agnieszka Radwanska’s match.
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