Thursday September 8th, 2011

Andy Roddick is not happy. After the resumption of his fourth-round match against David Ferrer was delayed Thursday because of a water bubble on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Roddick made it clear to head referee Brian Earley that he did not want to bothered until the court was ready for play.

Roddick and Ferrer had returned to the locker room when the bubble, caused by water pooling underneath the court surface, was discovered. Then they were brought back out to play despite the seemingly unresolved issue. Though he didn't handle the situation as well as he could have, Roddick was justified in being upset and concerned for his health, as moisture was still seeping through from under the court. The match was ultimately moved to Court 13.

Update: The USTA released the following statement about the situation on Louis Armstrong Stadium: "We have faced an inordinate amount of rain in August and through the early part of September which has saturated the court surfaces at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  All courts were completely dried prior to play on Thursday, September 8.  However, as the sun began to warm, or “bake” the courts, evaporation of these saturated conditions began to surface on Louis Armstrong Stadium.  Until this situation is rectified, no further play will occur on Louis Armstrong Stadium."

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