The rain isn’t the only storm in New York. The players at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are getting upset.
ESPN2 has been talking all morning about the rain and wet conditions at the US Open. In the last hour the network showed footage of Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all leaving the tournament office following an impromptu meeting with the head referee.
Then ESPN’s Pam Shriver interviewed each player and all three said they should not have been asked to go out in play this morning at the US Open because the courts and conditions were still wet.
Rafael Nadal, who was on Arthur Ashe, had some strong words saying “the health of players are important too and we don’t feel protected”. If I have to play in rain then I have to play in rain, he said.
“We cannot accept these things, we have to be together,” Nadal said. “We have to fight that we don’t want to go on court when it’s raining.”
Roddick offered his take on the situation. “If it’s up for discussion if the courts are playable or not then it’s not playable,” Roddick said who is on Louis Armstrong. “We just wanted to make it known that we didn’t want to be put in that position again.”
Roddick said that having him, Murray and Nadal all visit referee Bryan Early would have a bigger impact.
“First and foremost the players need to feel safe,” Roddick said. “To Bryan Early’s credit he listened to us.”
“He listened to what we had to say, he was very nice in our conversation.”
Andy Murray, who was playing on Grandstand, said that the courts were still wet in the back and the lines were quickly getting slick from the moisture in the air.
Before playing began Nadal needed nearly 10 extra minutes to appear on Ashe. Rafa said he was told “last minute” to get out on court but was unable to make the time because of all the taping. He apologized on camera to Tom Rinaldi and then he directly told Muller he was sorry. But he was overheard saying to Early that it is always about the money at the US Open.
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