New York City suffers flooding after Hurricane Ida hits US
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A US Open match was a brought to a halt last night when torrential rain started falling sideways into a court that was covered by a roof. Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson were forced to temporarily abandon their second-round contest and later resumed on a completely different court as the reminents of Hurricane Ida hit New York and brought a downpour into the roof-covered stadium that soaked the court and left it unusable.
There were bizarre scenes at the US Open as it started to rain on the roof-covered court, in the second-biggest stadium inside the tournament grounds.
Hurricane Ida, which has now become a tropical depression, wreaked havoc in New York as the mayor declared a state-wide emergency last night.
Several matches on the outside courts had to be delayed and faced a frustrating stop-start session earlier in the day, as the rain came and went.
However, conditions worsened later into the evening as multiple doubles matches were cancelled and play was confined to the two main stadium courts that have roofs.
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Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff took to Arthue Ashe stadium at 7pm, and after the 2017 champion defeated the teenage sensation in just over an hour, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino were able to compete on the main showcourt under the roof with no interruptions.
Meanwhile, over on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, players and spectators suddenly found themselves looking for cover as rain poured in from the gaps in the sides of the court’s retractable roof, despite Flushing Meadows’ second-biggest showcourt also having closed the roof for night session play.
Play was suspended to allow time for the court to dry out as Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson found themselves in the latter stages of the first set as the torrential downpour hit.
They later returned after more than half an hour, as the 11th seed was just able to find enough time to close out the set on a tie-break, though he slipped part-way through the breaker as rain started to fall on one side of the court once again, and the players waited another ten minutes as the court was dried with towels.
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The match was suspended once again ten minutes later, and after an hour it was announced that the pair would resume over on Arthur Ashe stadium at the conclusion of Tsitsipas and Mannarino’s clash.
Meanwhile, Angie Kerber and Anhelina Kalinina, who were meant to take to Armstrong after Schwartzman and Anderson, had their match cancelled for the night and will instead take to the Grandstand court on Thursday (September 2) after 2pm local time.
Schwartzman and 2017 runner-up Anderson were forced to wait even longer to conclude their match as Mannarino forced a fourth set on Ashe, having been two sets down, but the third seed raced to seal his victory with six games in a row.
Shortly before midnight in New York, the 11th seed and former finalist finally resumed their match on a completely different court, with the Argentinian leading 7-6(4), 1-0 15-30.
He sealed a 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4 victory shortly after 1am, by which time a state of emergency had already been declared, and a new travel ban that came into effect following the match left many stranded at Flushing Meadows as some subway lines were flooded and all non-emergency vehicles were forced off the city’s streets until 5am.
Thousands of fans who had been watching the match on Ashe found themselves unable to get back to their homes and hotels from Flushing Meadows and took to Twitter to share their frustration.
ESPN analyst and coach of two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep, Darren Cahill, also shared the chaos on his Twitter account, as he had been commentating on the Schwartzman and Anderson clash on Armstrong as the rain hit.
The Aussie also revealed his co-commentator Jason Goodall had managed to make the trip from Armstrong to Ashe without getting his suit wet, and shared a fan photo showing his fellow broadcaster walking through the grounds in nothing but his underwear, adding: “The chaos was real as not a single person thought it was weird”.
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