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OddJack
08-23-2011, 07:44 AM
For three consecutive years The final was pushed to a Monday, if I remember right. Now Hurricane Irene is coming, and with it new talks, again, to build a roof for Arthur Ash.
Doesnt look good at all:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/hurricane-irene-prepare-for-a-major-hurricane.html

Devilito
08-23-2011, 08:23 AM
isn't Ashe too big for a roof? Might make more sense to put one over Armstrong and the Grand Stand

Cup8489
08-23-2011, 08:26 AM
If only they'd done a halfway decent job of designing Ashe... Hell, from the overhead views of the upper areas of the stadium I dont think i'd even want to pay money to sit in those seats, you're so far away from the court.. might as well watch it on TV at that point.

ollinger
08-23-2011, 09:07 AM
If rain impacts the USO, it won't be Irene. Might cause a downpour in this area Sunday, impacting the kids day at the Open, but little else.

stringertom
08-23-2011, 09:19 AM
Do to Ashe what they did to Armstrong...modify and "cozify". Then dome it. Of course, to do that, the USTA will need a new main court, which could be designed properly with a retractable roof and better dimensions. They have the $$$.

EKnee08
08-23-2011, 09:28 AM
If only they'd done a halfway decent job of designing Ashe... Hell, from the overhead views of the upper areas of the stadium I dont think i'd even want to pay money to sit in those seats, you're so far away from the court.. might as well watch it on TV at that point.

...and the stadium was built to maximize major corporate revenue. All the good seats are for corporations. Lets not get started how when Ashe was built the Open promised tournament ticket holders in the higher reaches, better views. However, the view from the top is much worse in Ashe than in the old Armstrong. People who had good seats in Armstrong were moved up, not down above the corporate boxes. They named the new stadium after AA but AA would not approve.

EKnee08
08-23-2011, 09:35 AM
If rain impacts the USO, it won't be Irene. Might cause a downpour in this area Sunday, impacting the kids day at the Open, but little else.

and much easier to catch up if rain during the first day or so rather than in the second week, which caused the problem.

BTW, a Monday final would have been be cool, if "regular" people could get tickets similarly to what they did at Wimbledon, the year Goran finally won.
Alas, tickets for last year's rescheduled Monday final still went for thousands on stubhub since the Sunday tickets were honored. The problem was that many ticketholders for the final sold their tix on stubhub for the rescheduled final and others had no intention of attending since they were out of towners who couldn't stay for the Monday final or local people who had to work on Monday.

Homeboy Hotel
08-23-2011, 10:05 AM
Breaking news, earthquake hits Flushing Medows...

Twitter..

Mild #earthquake felt here at the@USOpen. Whoa!
http://twitter.com/#!/usopen/status/106063109235552258


Everyone panicking in the locker room ...Earthquake!!!
http://twitter.com/#!/danielvallverdu/status/106063199345975296

Earthquake at flushing meadows! Weird weird feeling thought I was just dizzy....Earthquake was in washington dc 5.8, was only the after shocks here in new york strange feeling hope everyone is ok in dc
http://twitter.com/#!/andy_murray/status/106064549974786048

Mustard
08-23-2011, 10:15 AM
A US Open final on the third Monday is starting to become a tradition.

Caracalla
08-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Earthquake at US OPEN.. people felt it.. :(

not sure if this HERE (http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=haarp+japan&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=KvRTTrnUD-fg0QHbk42MBg#sclient=psy&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&source=hp&q=haarp+&pbx=1&oq=haarp+&aq=f&aqi=g5&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=5730l5730l0l5982l1l1l0l0l0l0l222l222l2-1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=c64637113e3fe353&biw=1279&bih=609) has anything to do with it..

but if it does.. :O

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 10:45 AM
Anyone else on the east coast felt the earth quake? My house shook a bit :shock:
I wonder if they felt it at the USO...


So they did feel it. Woah. I read it was a 5.9

not_federer
08-23-2011, 11:14 AM
I got two tix to the fed del potro final in 09 for not too much, maybe $150 each or less. Upper level nosebleed, but honestly the seats weren't that ba ld at all. It's hard to hear the ball strikes but I could see just fine. It looks far worse on tv than it is.

batz
08-23-2011, 11:24 AM
Anyone else on the east coast felt the earth quake? My house shook a bit :shock:
I wonder if they felt it at the USO...


So they did feel it. Woah. I read it was a 5.9

Wow! Never felt anything like that. Was it scary?

r2473
08-23-2011, 11:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs3mj1E8LSU

ledwix
08-23-2011, 11:28 AM
Maybe a couple more days for Djokovic to rest so he can have the best season in history...

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 11:35 AM
Wow! Never felt anything like that. Was it scary?

Yeah, a bit. I thought I was imagining things. Couldn't figure out what would shake the house. Couldn't believe it was an earthquake. It was my first time experiencing something like that. It was much scarier for people in high buildings. Some people thought the buiding was being attacked by terrorists! They were rattled.
New York is not used to earth quakes at all. It's not like California. The last quake in the area was 1875 and it was only a 4.8

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-23-2011, 11:42 AM
The epicentre was in Virginia and ppl in NYC felt it??:shock:

batz
08-23-2011, 11:44 AM
Yeah, a bit. I thought I was imagining things. Couldn't figure out what would shake the house. Couldn't believe it was an earthquake. It was my first time experiencing something like that. It was much scarier for people in high buildings. Some people thought the buiding was being attacked by terrorists! They were rattled.
New York is not used to earth quakes at all. It's not like California. The last quake in the area was 1875 and it was only a 4.8

Bloody hell:shock:

I didn't think NYC was in an active geological area. I'm glad you'ew OK.

stringertom
08-23-2011, 11:45 AM
Irene actually big threat to disrupt inaugural Winston Salem event. Are they a Saturday or Sunday final?

batz
08-23-2011, 11:45 AM
The epicentre was in Virginia and ppl in NYC felt it??:shock:

Apparently so - BBC say no reports of injuries but some building damage.

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 11:46 AM
Yep. The government buildings were evacuated in Manhattan because they were swaying.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-23-2011, 11:47 AM
Apparently so - BBC say no reports of injuries but some building damage.

I have an ex girlfriend in High Point,NC, she said that her coffecup broke into the floor while she was in the bathroom :shock:

Natures forces...really scary

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 11:47 AM
Bloody hell:shock:

I didn't think NYC was in an active geological area. I'm glad you'ew OK.



It's not. The scientists are trying to figure out what's going on. They're not sure.
Thanks for your concern.

Caracalla
08-23-2011, 11:52 AM
The scientists are trying to figure out what's going on. They're not sure.
Thanks for your concern.

what do you mean they are not sure..

Link HERE (http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=haarp&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=_gBUTpi-FeP20gHhqu32BQ)

batz
08-23-2011, 11:52 AM
BBC report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14634730

batz
08-23-2011, 11:53 AM
I have an ex girlfriend in High Point,NC, she said that her coffecup broke into the floor while she was in the bathroom :shock:

Natures forces...really scary


You said it mate. We are all quite insignificant when you get right down to it.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-23-2011, 11:55 AM
BBC report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14634730

The Indian dude is hilarious :)

batz
08-23-2011, 11:56 AM
Yep. The government buildings were evacuated in Manhattan because they were swaying.

But they keep going with the USO qualifying - that's the spirit!:)

EKnee08
08-23-2011, 11:58 AM
Anyone else on the east coast felt the earth quake? My house shook a bit :shock:
I wonder if they felt it at the USO...


So they did feel it. Woah. I read it was a 5.9

just mild shaking, here on long island but a strange feeling. people on their own temporarily left office buildings.

EKnee08
08-23-2011, 12:00 PM
Bloody hell:shock:

I didn't think NYC was in an active geological area. I'm glad you'ew OK.

there are some fault lines here but never ahda major quake.

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 12:09 PM
But they keep going with the USO qualifying - that's the spirit!:)



Novak's season is so extraordinary that the elements are getting unleashed. First a downpour in Cincy and now an earth quake at USO :shock:
What's next? A tornado?

Semi-Pro
08-23-2011, 12:12 PM
I felt nothing in Toronto...did it hit southern part of Ontario?

TheMagicianOfPrecision
08-23-2011, 12:13 PM
Novak's season is so extraordinary that the elements are getting unleashed. First a downpour in Cincy and now an earth quake at USO :shock:
What's next? A tornado?

God is ****ed that Fed is declining so fast...

spiderman123
08-23-2011, 12:23 PM
Breaking news, earthquake hits Flushing Medows...



Did Djokovic retire from the tournament?

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 12:25 PM
I felt nothing in Toronto...did it hit southern part of Ontario?


I don't think so. AFAIK Virginia, Carolina, New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

vbranis
08-23-2011, 12:29 PM
Looking at Irene's projected path, I am almost certain Sunday will be a washout, but things should clear up by Monday afternoon. It will certainly have lost strength by then as it heads north over land.

Tanya
08-23-2011, 12:38 PM
I felt it today when I was sitting in class (I'm on the Penn State campus by the way, which is the middle of Pennsylvania) and the room began to shake. It was an interesting experience...

Dilettante
08-23-2011, 12:42 PM
For three consecutive years The final was pushed to a Monday, if I remember right. Now Hurricane Irene is coming, and with it new talks, again, to build a roof for Arthur Ash.
Doesnt look good at all:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/hurricane-irene-prepare-for-a-major-hurricane.html

Now you know how readers feel when trolling hurricanes ruin some good threads.

bluetrain4
08-23-2011, 01:06 PM
Sure a roof would be nice, but I never thought it was a necessity. People seem to freak out over wheather delays.

True, Monday finals are less than desirable and we've gone through a patch of years with bad weather. But, IMO, that's the nature of an outdoor sport. Plenty of USOs have been finished on time despite weather delays. And, the USO has a great feature that many tourneys don't when it comes to getting the schedule back on track - increasing the number of matches played at night. Admittedly, though, that only works to correct the schedule for the first week and a half. In the very latter rounds, it's not as simple.

So, yes, I can see the benefits of having a roof. But, I wonder whether the USTA would consider it at this point since the money from the USO hasn't exactly been hurt by the weather. The tournament rakes in cash regardless.

pound cat
08-23-2011, 01:23 PM
A 5.8 earthquake was felt in NYC Aog.23

DragonBlaze
08-23-2011, 01:26 PM
Novak's season is so extraordinary that the elements are getting unleashed. First a downpour in Cincy and now an earth quake at USO :shock:
What's next? A tornado?

2012....


just saying....

Actually seems like nature has been ****ed all over the world lately. Here in NZ, as well as Japan ofcourse and many other places.

TennisMaverick
08-23-2011, 02:58 PM
Yeah, a bit. I thought I was imagining things. Couldn't figure out what would shake the house. Couldn't believe it was an earthquake. It was my first time experiencing something like that. It was much scarier for people in high buildings. Some people thought the buiding was being attacked by terrorists! They were rattled.
New York is not used to earth quakes at all. It's not like California. The last quake in the area was 1875 and it was only a 4.8

Dude, we had a 5.3 or 5.4 in NY in '83. I was living on LI and all of the books came off the shelf and I was rustled out of bed.

kishnabe
08-23-2011, 03:09 PM
Irene will destroy the US open courts....Novak will get a three week break to heal his shoulder.. Where they rebuild the courts for Novak. Even the gods don't like Murray winning....


JKJKJK....I hope nothing bad happens to new york. The restaurants there are nice, plus It's a relative of Toronto....I don't like anything happening on the same timezone.

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 03:58 PM
Dude, we had a 5.3 or 5.4 in NY in '83. I was living on LI and all of the books came off the shelf and I was rustled out of bed.



Sorry. I read that on a news site. They must have been wrong then.

Was it at night? That must be even scarier.

MichaelNadal
08-23-2011, 04:22 PM
A US Open final on the third Monday is starting to become a tradition.

An annoying one. I couldn't see the final live last year bc of that. You should have seen me keep running to the computer listening to US Open radio-the play by play audio feed. (the computer where I work is supposed to be for business use and is too slow for a stream), so I'd go listen for a minute or so at a time to get the score and see how the match was going. It was like: "Nadal serves out wide, Djoker backhand return, cc forehand from nadal.... backhand from novak, backhand from rafa, backhand to backhand now...... forehand novak....... nadal with a down the line forehand... ohhhhh and it just sails long!"

Atherton2003
08-23-2011, 04:32 PM
Much as I like Nadal, I don't like him enough to pay $27.99 for a rather small book. So if everyone keeps printing the exerpts here, I won't have to buy it anyway...thanks!

Atherton2003
08-23-2011, 04:33 PM
whoops - sorry - printed it on the wrong thread.

kelawai
08-23-2011, 05:38 PM
At the Qualifying today. I felt it and did not realize until some friends text me. All courts matches goes on without even stop for a second.

Atherton2003
08-23-2011, 05:52 PM
I think the Hurricane might affect the Kids Day and Sunday and nothing more.

Tammo
08-23-2011, 05:59 PM
Aren't they building a roof on Phillipe Chartrier? Anyway, they should build one on Ashe, even thoght it would be dificult in the long run it is better.

OddJack
08-23-2011, 06:13 PM
Anyone been to Ash here?

I hear it's the worse venue of all the majors... except the front 10 rows nobody can see anything...

They should just move it to San Diego, best weather in the world!

FedEx23
08-23-2011, 06:21 PM
I was in the nosebleed last year in the first night session. I saw roger's tweener vs. dabul but it wasn't the same being so high up. It's such a weird atmosphere. If you're afraid of heights and you don't want to cough up $500+ per ticket, don't go to arthur ashe stadium.

I'm getting a grounds pass for Day 1 this year. Hoping weather will be nice and I can see tons of high quality matches

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 08:34 PM
Dude, we had a 5.3 or 5.4 in NY in '83. I was living on LI and all of the books came off the shelf and I was rustled out of bed.


I checked and they said in Virginia (the epicenter), they hadn't had a quake that strong since the 19th century.

veroniquem
08-23-2011, 08:36 PM
I think the Hurricane might affect the Kids Day and Sunday and nothing more.


Most of the rain is supposed to happen on Sunday. Maybe kids day will be spared.

FedEx23
08-24-2011, 09:25 PM
Monday (cross my fingers) looks like it may be spared or have some drizzle. Sunday, at least in Connecticut, is supposed to have two months worth of rain in one day, so flooding is expected.

Bud
08-24-2011, 10:30 PM
Irene is supposed to cross over flushing on Sunday evening :)

AhmedD
08-24-2011, 10:45 PM
Path of the Hurricane

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/54802000/gif/_54802666_hurricane_irene_24_aug.gif

News says, that the hurricane is continuously going stronger (wind speed currently reaches 120 mph), and water levels are expected to rise as much as 11 feet

Virtua Tennis
08-24-2011, 11:53 PM
Irene won't kill the Us Open that funky smell from the dried up man made pond will or the weird green water flowing around Flushing meadow park. I think I saw a toxic barrel in their. Damn traffic should've stopped and took a picture.

Feña14
08-25-2011, 12:05 AM
It always seems to rain at the US Open :)

They say Wimbledon gets ruined by the rain, but the number of times i've tuned in to the US Open over the past few years and seen it pouring down, or grown men dressed like teenagers running round with towels and massive hair dryers is pretty high.

Al Czervik
08-25-2011, 03:46 PM
Only half kidding here. If this thing totally pummels NYC, could we see the Open moved to Cincy or Miami or something?

veroniquem
08-25-2011, 05:53 PM
Hope they don't move it to Cincy or Rafa's chances are dead before it even starts.

FedEx23
08-25-2011, 07:02 PM
The weather on Monday is supposed to be nice, which is the day I'm planning on going. The worst that will happen is that it starts on Tuesday instead of Monday...

d4o
08-25-2011, 07:03 PM
Hopefully we will have another monday final:)

MichaelNadal
08-25-2011, 07:39 PM
Hopefully we will have another monday final:)

I hope not bc i'd be at work yet again.

Feña14
08-25-2011, 08:49 PM
Hope they don't move it to Cincy or Rafa's chances are dead before it even starts.

Why would they move it to Cincy? There's already a major held there! :)

FedEx23
08-25-2011, 10:03 PM
Why would they move it to Cincy? There's already a major held there! :)

Andy Murray just won his first major I guess

15_ounce
08-25-2011, 10:47 PM
US Open in Indian Wells would be great... great place, great relaxing atmosphere, beautiful scenery... Stuff the big smog.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nb2zaxPr9oY/SbggzWcZWdI/AAAAAAAAAqI/neFfIs5fwTQ/s400/TennisIndianWells309+012.JPG

batz
08-26-2011, 12:31 AM
Andy Murray just won his first major I guess

It was his second major actually - he also won it in 2008.

OddJack
08-26-2011, 02:57 AM
US Open in Indian Wells would be great... great place, great relaxing atmosphere, beautiful scenery... Stuff the big smog.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nb2zaxPr9oY/SbggzWcZWdI/AAAAAAAAAqI/neFfIs5fwTQ/s400/TennisIndianWells309+012.JPG

Yeah, but cant beat San Diego, the best weather in the world

Li Ching Yuen
08-26-2011, 03:09 AM
It's most likely that there won't be any tennis til Wednesday.
I think given the latest prognosis, they're even considering evacuating some of the areas.

Fedace
08-26-2011, 03:16 AM
US Open in Indian Wells would be great... great place, great relaxing atmosphere, beautiful scenery... Stuff the big smog.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nb2zaxPr9oY/SbggzWcZWdI/AAAAAAAAAqI/neFfIs5fwTQ/s400/TennisIndianWells309+012.JPG

Agree with this. but they won't be able to generate as much money. It is held in NY because the city will make Millions because of this event. and i think it all comes down to money.

Fedace
08-26-2011, 03:18 AM
It's most likely that there won't be any tennis til Wednesday.
I think given the latest prognosis, they're even considering evacuating some of the areas.

They should play. It is supposed to be only like 65-70 mPH winds. some flooding of subway might occur. but doesn't the players take mercedes to the US open. ?? I think ATP provides the players with rides in mercedes.

OddJack
08-26-2011, 03:20 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/ns/weather/

FedExpress 333
08-26-2011, 03:54 AM
Just had a HUGE Torrent of rain here in NY during the night, lightning included.

pound cat
08-26-2011, 05:11 AM
If the stands blow apart that could be trouble.

Fedace
08-26-2011, 05:20 AM
Is there a way to dissipate this storm by flying into it and putting in some Silver iodide into it and precipitating the moisture and making it paste up ??

batz
08-26-2011, 05:39 AM
weather.com says Monday will be sunny with some showers on tuesday - rest of the week seems fine.

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USNY0996

FedEx23
08-26-2011, 07:46 AM
The weather on Monday will not be an issue. The issue is the possible damage that will have been incurred when the eye of the storm moves right over Long Island on Sunday during the day. That's where the real problem lies, among travel disruptions to the National Tennis Center. Here's to hoping it's not that bad.

Li Ching Yuen
08-26-2011, 07:56 AM
Apparently Saturday and Sunday are the days they are afraid of.

If the facilities and people around there survive...a very windy Open should start Monday.

Fedace
08-26-2011, 10:56 PM
weather.com says Monday will be sunny with some showers on tuesday - rest of the week seems fine.

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USNY0996

So on Monday , they should be able to start the 1st round rolling ?? Too bad for Kidz day.....that has to be cancelled.....You don't want all the kidz flying into the atlantic ocean....

Tshooter
08-26-2011, 11:55 PM
LOVE the Monday finals (as do many people that attend it). Hope we get another but doubt we will.

Rain days in general are not at all bad. Some of the best days in the history of the tournament have been when play has resumed following a rain day (or four as happened some years back).

It's unfortunate that Kids day is cancelled but the weather should be nice for the Monday start of the tournament.

Incidentally not only is this shaping up to be another great USO but kudos to the USTA for the new court 17 which will be in play this year. I wonder who will play on the new court first ?

15_ounce
08-27-2011, 02:58 AM
US Open 2011: Andy Murray braces himself for hurricane impact on New York

These are stimulating times for Andy Murray. Having been shaken by last week’s earthquake here, he is now preparing to be stirred by the approaching Hurricane Irene. “In a weird way, I am interested to see what it will be like,” he said.

By Simon Briggs, New York11:59PM BST 26 Aug 2011

Murray has been backed by many pundits — including most recently John McEnroe — to make a serious impact at the US Open. But first, he and the rest of the field must wait to see how the hurricane, which is projected to hit New York on Sunday, will influence the tournament.
“If it is really bad on Sunday I would expect it to affect the tennis on Monday,” Murray said. “The subways and stuff will be all screwed up. We have booked practice courts indoors for Saturday and Sunday, in case the weather is really bad so we are least able to get some hits in.
“We are staying on the 40th floor of a hotel so that’s probably not the best place to be. Should we be looking to move? Is it going to be fine in Manhattan? You see people in the news evacuating, boarding up the windows, are they doing the right thing? It could prove a bit of a nightmare” Hurricanes and earthquakes are not a regular feature of life in Scotland.
And despite a training schedule that involves plenty of time in Florida, Murray says he has never experienced these disconcerting natural phenomena before.
“During the earthquake the other day, I was sitting down in the locker room [at Flushing Meadows]. I had just come in from practice and I thought I was going to faint, that I was dizzy.

“After about 20 seconds I was like ‘the ground is moving’. Dani [hitting partner Dani Vallverdu] was saying ‘no what are you talking about?’ But I could feel it in my legs, the lockers were open and were moving. Also in the lunch hall it was really bad, they evacuated the gym and everyone upstairs.”
Assuming that Murray makes it through the weekend intact, he says he feels “pretty fresh” and in peak condition after winning the Cincinnati Masters a week ago.

And that view was endorsed on Thursday by McEnroe, who said “The hungriest man in the draw should be Murray. I think this is his best shot to win one [a grand slam tournament].”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/8726006/US-Open-2011-Andy-Murray-braces-himself-for-hurricane-impact-on-New-York.html

SLD76
08-27-2011, 03:12 AM
well, Irene is ruining my wallet thats for sure.