Thursday 21 November 2019

US Open: Hurricanes blowing Murray off course

Simon Briggs

storm season continues to interfere with New York.

After last week's encounter with Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee arrived yesterday to soak Flushing Meadows.

Andy Murray's fourth-round match against Donald Young was held over until today. Murray will be first on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 11.0 local time (4.0pm Irish) -- weather permitting.

Crowds of plastic-sheathed spectators trooped miserably off the site yesterday when play was abandoned at 1.30 without a ball having been hit.

The forecast looks damp for today as well.

All of which suggests the US Open could overrun for the fourth time in as many years, with the final being played on Monday.

The players will have to hang loose, trying not to use up too much nervous energy while they wait.

Rather as Roger Federer did on Monday night when the women's match that preceded him, Caroline Wozniacki versus Svetlana Kuznetsova, ran to just over three hours. Federer finally found himself out on court at midnight, though he did everything in his power to get to bed quickly by walloping Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in 1:20.

Afterwards, he tried to be magnanimous about the disruption to his biorhythms, saying: "It's happened often to me."

But he could not help making a small cry for understanding, pointing out that "other sports start at eight in the morning, like golf.

"It's crazy how our schedules change all the time. As tennis players, it makes it extremely difficult to be on your 'A' game every single day."

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