13 Sep 2010

US. Tennis defends roofless courts after Open washout

6:46 pm on 13 September 2010

The U.S. Tennis Association has defended its decision to carry on staging the U.S. Open without the benefit of a covered court after rain postponed the men's final for the third year in a row.

The rain forced world number one Rafa Nadal, seeking to become the seventh man to complete a career grand slam, and Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic to wait until Tuesday to contest the last grand slam final of the year.

Both the Australian Open and Wimbledon championships have retractable roofs and French Open officials have discussed the possibility.

But USTA's Chris Widmaier says it's technically complex and financially challenging, with a cost of more than $150 million to be balanced against continued funding of grassroots tennis programs.