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NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Open is considering installing a retractable roof on one of its show courts in an attempt to overcome rain delays and scheduling problems, organisers said on Tuesday.

"We have just hired some master planners, who have worked on venues in this country, to look at (the Open)," said Arlen Kantarian, chief executive of the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) professional tennis division.

"One of the many reasons for the study is to take a more in depth look at whether or not (a roof is) feasible.

"(We will consider) whether or not it's feasible, structurally and financially, to put a roof over Arthur Ashe stadium."

Only two matches, in the women's singles draw, were completed on Monday and the start of play on Tuesday was delayed by seven hours because of incessant drizzle.

It left players facing the possibility of playing every day for the rest of the week on their way to the finals of the hardcourt grand slam.

When Ashe centre court was built in 1997, no roof was installed and a change now would hit the funds of the USTA.

"It (a roof) is not in the plans today, but we would never say never," Kantarian said.

"It is a costly situation...but that doesn't mean we'd rule it out.

"The only way we could justify it is if we also felt this stadium could be used year-round for additional tennis events, and other sporting events.

"That feasibility study will be conducted...and is due next spring."

Kantarian also said it was possible that, instead of Ashe, they could build a retractable roof over one of the other show courts -- Louis Armstrong or Grandstand.

Ashe stadium cost approximately $250 million and former champion John McEnroe was left in no doubt that the failure to include a roof from the start was an oversight.

"I do not understand how they can build the biggest tennis stadium in the world and not build a roof," he said while working as a television commentator.

"The players of New York would have loved to have had a facility like that, (which) they could use all year round.

"Instead, here we are (in a rain delay), twiddling our thumbs."



09/02/03 19:38 ET
 

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lol. I know, this is supposed to be the richest tournament or grandslam and they cant AFFORD a roof over a stadium. The roof over Arthur Ashe definately would look U.G.LY. I cant even imagine what it would look like. They can make a fund or take some money out every year to meet the demands
 

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jbone_0307 said:
lol. I know, this is supposed to be the richest tournament or grandslam and they cant AFFORD a roof over a stadium. The roof over Arthur Ashe definately would look U.G.LY. I cant even imagine what it would look like. They can make a fund or take some money out every year to meet the demands
who fucking cares?

its retractable, so the ugliness will only show when it absolutely has to. im sure the fans and players would rather deal with an ugly roof than almost two days of rainouts
 

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was the roof at aus built with the stadium or was it added later?
 

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decemberlove said:
who fucking cares?

its retractable, so the ugliness will only show when it absolutely has to. im sure the fans and players would rather deal with an ugly roof than almost two days of rainouts

Who the fuck are you getting an attitude with?? Cause it sure better not be me!!!! Is there a roof yet, so take a damn chill pill. All i said was the roof would look ugly, and......
 

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lol what attitude?

i think youre the one that needs to chill
 

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decemberlove said:
who fucking cares?

its retractable, so the ugliness will only show when it absolutely has to. im sure the fans and players would rather deal with an ugly roof than almost two days of rainouts

Im not the one coming on here and cussing somebody out because i said the roof was gonna be ugly. Chill, im already chilled, its you that needs to.
 

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i didnt curse you out directly, did i?

i always talk like that
 

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yes i do throw in the word fucking all the time.

if you bothers you all that much, check my previous posts...

damn, sorry if you took it the wrong way, didnt mean for it to seem like i was attacking you. im not like that
 

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i wouldnt.

i said sorry it came out the wrong way. i dunno what else you want from me.
 

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The weather was the worst in the tournament in 2002 in I don't know how many years. So far in 2003, it's even worse than last year. But people this does not mean it's gonna be like this year end and out.

Frankly, I think people are being rather paranoid because of the freak storms that have hit the region.
 

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The grand stand could be an excellent experiment with that retractable roof. Every player seems to love to play on that 6,000 seats show court because it is so intimate. This is why I love the Australian Open;) Kudos to the Aussies from down under:D
 

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You've got to wonder about the engineering and financial geniuses who don't think about this stuff when designing the original stadiums. It has just now occurred to them that maybe it rains in NY? And that rain delays cause problems!?
 

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Lynn said:
You've got to wonder about the engineering and financial geniuses who don't think about this stuff when designing the original stadiums. It has just now occurred to them that maybe it rains in NY? And that rain delays cause problems!?
it's just a strategy on their part; for sure they've designed in such a way that a roof is possible...now, they have another job to make a huge profit. :worship:

Just do it now US Open Officials. :fiery:
 
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