U.S. Open is adding retractable roof

August 14, 2013

This place could use a roof. (Darron Cummings / AP)

A roof is coming to the U.S. Open, after several years of weather-delayed finals in the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the  year.

A retractable roof will be built over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, possibly by as soon as 2016, the United States Tennis Association announced.

The roof can’t be in place quickly enough, particularly for the men’s players who have complained about weather pushing their final to Monday for the last five years. The U.S. Open would join the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in having the flexibility to close the stadium when rain falls.

Last December, the USTA moved the men’s final to Monday for this year and 2014 (with the women’s final on Sunday), with an extra day built in for weather delays. ESPN will take over broadcasts in 2015 and now the schedule will be disrupted less frequently.

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