The $150 million Arthur Ashe roof finally came into play last night when it was closed during the second set of Rafael Nadal’s win over Andreas Seppi.
Feedback, though, on the sound inside the new Ashe has been mixed, with players complaining about excessive noise and echo with the completed roof structure overhead.
“I felt a lot of noise, a lot of noise on the court,” Muguruza said after a loss last night.
“I didn’t feel silence at any moment,” she said. “It was continuously a noise. I think it’s very big, this stadium, also. It’s kind of echo. It’s just like continuously. But it’s the same for the other player.”
Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Muguruza, agreed about the noise problem.
“I find it’s much different,” Sevastova said. “I mean, sometimes you don’t hear the ball hit, so it’s coming to you and you think it’s still somewhere there. In the second set it was easier to manage to not hear all the noises.”
Nadal, who finished under the roof, also expressed some concern.
“That surprised me,” Nadal said of the noise level. “Was a little bit more noise than usual.
“For moments was little bit too much during the points. I always love the energy and the noise of the New York crowd. Is just fantastic. You know, I feel very close to them because I play with a lot of passion, and they give me that electricity, that passion. But is true that was a little bit more noisy than usual.”
Andy Murray, who played on Ashe Tuesday, didn’t have much of an issue. “I think last year was similar. I’m assuming it’s to do with the roof. I mean, normally there’s always been noise out there. I think the roof has changed that a little bit.”
Fans also noticed the noise.
That rumbling inside Ashe makes it sound like a circus. Thousands of peeps chatting intermittently makes for clouds of noise.
— Jane Voigt (@downthetee) August 31, 2016
@usopen PLEASE train the chair umpire to make SEVERAL LOUD announcements to the crowd on Ashe to stay quiet! The roof keeps all the noise in
— Tim Gaccione (@TimGaccione) September 1, 2016
— Elsie (@ewilk8) September 1, 2016
As more players compete in Ashe, we’ll get more reaction.
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