I know this doesn't deal directly with a particular player from the past (but it could put a damper on legends play), but why, with all the money the USTA takes in every year at the Open do they not have tarps to cover and tent the courts? All they're talking about today is why we don't have a roof! Surely tarps are relatively inexpensive, and easy to deploy and then store when the weather breaks without need of blowers or rolling the water off the court. Maybe there's a reason I'm missing. If so, please enlighten me.
There's a simple reason. And it's called logic. The USTA lacks logic, therefore no tarps have ever been used.
Oh, true, they've been asked about it during rain delays in the past. And they claim they wouldn't really work. Because it wouldn't save them much time anyway. And the courts might still have some moisture in them if they had tarps over the courts while it rained.
Of course forgetting the fact Wimbledon uses tarps over the grass courts. Grass being a live matter, that uses and requires water to stay alive, and be used for play. And yet at the same time, a wet grass court is unplayable.
They are a low cost solution to an issue that will always present itself at the US Open. I've also said - and even proposed to the USTA - that they have tarps covering the courts, and have them sponsored by the big fat corporations they love so much! Just think, an aerial shot of the Open during a rain delay with tarps blazened with Chase, Minolta, Heinken, etc. "Free" advertising, right? Plus all the courts would be covered, so that once the rain stops, it would be easier and obviously quicker for the courts to be playable again. Which in the long run makes sense, because it means matches being played, fans staying around the grounds buying stuff, and more money (since we all know they don't have enough) in the pockets of the USTA. And, if the sponsors paid for the tarps through the use of their logos on them, the USTA would wind up not even having to pay for them, and still reap the financial benefits of using tarps!!
Now they say that money talks. And this is, IMHO, a powerful talk to the USTA. But then again, logic isn't something present at the USTA. Hence, no tarps.
And of course, don't get me started on no roof over the monstrosity known as Ashe Stadium!