Even with Rain Looming, Players (Except Federer) Say No Roof for Ashe

71743183 Even with Rain Looming, Players (Except Federer) Say No Roof for AsheThe weather has been wonderful for nine days, but don’t look at the forecast. It’s calling for a chance of rain today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.


In 2014, by which time the folks at Roland Garros will have finished building a new center court with a retractable roof, the U.S. Open will be the only Grand Slam without a roof.

And how do the players feel about the roofless Ashe? They were asked at a press conference before the Open began. Apparently, they love it.

Dinara Safina: It doesn’t rain so often here, so I don’t think they should change something.

Andy Murray: I don’t think it’s necessary really to have a roof. There’s only normally a couple of days during the tournament where there is some bad weather.

Serena Williams: I think it would be kind of hard to add a roof on this wonderful stadium, so I think we’re fine. You know, historically we’ve done well, and you know, it will be just kind of weird to put a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Andy Roddick: I think it’s a rarity that it gets backed up enough to where it becomes a real problem. Plus then when would we watch Connors and Krickstein again? 

There was only one player in favor of the roof.

Roger Federer:  Last year, was it a Monday final? Yeah, it was. Those are just things that are unpredictable, and with a roof you can make it more predictable for fans, sponsors, TV, for players. You know, that’s why it’s a good thing to have. That’s why I’m obviously for it. I think especially in America we have so many wonderful stadiums, I mean, you figure it’s kind of normal that they would be taking the lead with something like this.