US Open men’s tennis: Play is halted for a second day as tournament experiences rain delays

Play was suspended after just two balls were hit in the U.S. Open men’s tennis tournament Wednesday. The first game began to wind down around noon Wednesday in the first round match between American…

US Open men's tennis: Play is halted for a second day as tournament experiences rain delays

Play was suspended after just two balls were hit in the U.S. Open men’s tennis tournament Wednesday.

The first game began to wind down around noon Wednesday in the first round match between American Jack Sock and Australian James Duckworth. The roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium was open during the match because of an impending storm. A mixture of rain and snow fell on New York City, causing accidents and several delays throughout the day.

Duckworth missed a front-foot backhand into the net by mere inches to allow the opening game to go to Sock, who took a 1-0 lead on Duckworth’s serve. But the roof in the arena was still open as play was moved to the outside courts in Ashe.

The first match to finish in Ashe was ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev beating Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. It was the second consecutive year in a row that the roof had been closed before the start of the first round of play at the U.S. Open. Last year, the roof had opened six minutes before play began.

The No. 7 seed Marin Cilic was leading Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (6) when play was suspended. Cilic, who won the tournament in 2009, broke Paire to go up 3-1 in the fifth set. The two are scheduled to resume at 11 a.m.

Andrea Petkovic beat Russian Evgeniya Rodina in the opening round, and 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini advanced with a three-set win against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Play at Flushing Meadows was being staggered by rain throughout the day, including a delay of about 90 minutes before the first-round matches began. The last round of qualifying was also postponed to Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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