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Rain Delay... But No Attempt to Cover The Court

... Any body knows why?

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No covers at USO
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They don't use covers at the U.S. Open.

They have those big blower machines that dry the court pretty fast.

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They never cover hardcourts lol

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it's hard court, they can simply mop it dry after the rain, no need to cover it, unlike grass or clay, it's hard to dry the court afterward
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Covering would still be quicker but the USO think covers look unsightly when stored at the sides of the court.

Like this is a televised event not some ITF I think investing in covers would be a good idea when they get so much rain.
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Covering would still be quicker but the USO think covers look unsightly when stored at the sides of the court.

Like this is a televised event not some ITF I think investing in covers would be a good idea when they get so much rain.
I agree with your assessment.

I think it could buy them some time.

Even if they don't see any noticeable improvement, I am sure they can improve the process with trials and errors overtime

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I want to know where all the money is going at the USTA that they are too cheap to buy covers or get a roof.
They build an over-sized stadium where you can't even see the players from the top (to have the biggest tennis stadium in the world- wow!) and don't build a stadium with a roof in a location that is prone to huge rainfall that disrupts the play.

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Covering would still be quicker but the USO think covers look unsightly when stored at the sides of the court.

Like this is a televised event not some ITF I think investing in covers would be a good idea when they get so much rain.
I think they would need to rebuild the whole court for that. Where would the water from the cover go once you'd pull it off? In the stand? On the side of the courts to run down the court after? lol The reason they don't have cover is certainly not because it's not esthetic lol. So much rain? It's the 2nd rain delay in a week lol. AND in less than 30 minutes they can dry the court. It wouldn't be that much quicker to put covers when you'd need to dry the court as well cuz for sure some water would have pass a bit before putting the cover up or even while taking it off or it could have infiltrated while it was up as well.

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Now that I remember, there was some argument that the moisture stays trapped under the covers and ruins the hardcourt or something. Or maybe it was just grumbling over the extra expense disguised as a scientific justification.
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I think they would need to rebuild the whole court for that. Where would the water from the cover go once you'd pull it off? In the stand? On the side of the courts to run down the court after? lol The reason they don't have cover is certainly not because it's not esthetic lol. So much rain? It's the 2nd rain delay in a week lol. AND in less than 30 minutes they can dry the court wouldn't be that much quicker to put covers where you'd need to try the court as well cuz for sure some water would have pass a bit before putting the cover up
They could put drainage on one length of the court'
The covers would be elevated on one side, and low on the side with the drainage.
This way, the rain water go too the drainage.

As I said before, this would-be trial and errors process. I don't think it would be that expensive

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I think they would need to rebuild the whole court for that. Where would the water from the cover go once you'd pull it off? In the stand? On the side of the courts to run down the court after? lol The reason they don't have cover is certainly not because it's not esthetic lol. So much rain? It's the 2nd rain delay in a week lol. AND in less than 30 minutes they can dry the court. It wouldn't be that much quicker to put covers when you'd need to dry the court as well cuz for sure some water would have pass a bit before putting the cover up or even while taking it off or it could have infiltrated while it was up as well.
They have actually stated the covers are unsightly and there is bound to be a drain somewhere on that court as it is, like if it was torrential rain it would have to go somewhere some towels and blowers couldn't solve that problem.
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I want to know where all the money is going at the USTA that they are too cheap to buy covers or get a roof.
They build an over-sized stadium where you can't even see the players from the top (to have the biggest tennis stadium in the world- wow!) and don't build a stadium with a roof in a location that is prone to huge rainfall that disrupts the play.
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Luckily the US Open schedule doesn't usually see many rain delays. But when they do get a lot of rain, they're the least prepared of all the slams. Do you remember how badly they screwed up in 2003? They'd spend hours towelling off the court and using dryers, only to have it get wet again in another shower soon after.
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Now that I remember, there was some argument that the moisture stays trapped under the covers and ruins the hardcourt or something. Or maybe it was just grumbling over the extra expense disguised as a scientific justification.
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