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Rain delays play on Day 3 of the U.S. Open, and the players are pretty bored

NEW YORK -- The heavy rain only held off until Day 3 of the U.S. Open, keeping fans huddled under stadium overhangs and the players confined to the competitors' area under Arthur Ashe Stadium. The delay began around 1 p.m. and, aside from a brief window of action that lasted no more than 20 minutes, play didn't resume until about 5:30 p.m.

The delay could wreak havoc on the men's draw, as 17 first-round matches had yet to be completed when the rain hit, including defending champion Andy Murray's opening match against Michael Llodra, which is scheduled for the evening.

Murray has been keeping a close eye on the weather and sent this hopeful tweet Wednesday morning:

https://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/372755780652785664

Sorry, Andy. It didn't hold.

Needless to say, the players are bored. There are only so many rounds of Candy Crush one human being can play in a five-hour span. Here's a look behind the scenes via Twitter:

https://twitter.com/melanie_oudin/status/372826532798271488

https://twitter.com/colin_fleming/status/372822005424599040

https://vine.co/v/hiDbjmDn7TM

https://twitter.com/roberta_vinci/status/372784387773177856

https://twitter.com/mandyminella/status/372784246794223616

https://twitter.com/JuaniCeballos/status/372785536936595457

https://twitter.com/sorana_cirstea/status/372814859349413888

https://twitter.com/NastiaPav/status/372813598202298368

https://twitter.com/NastiaPav/status/372815372875223040

https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/372810426188566528

https://twitter.com/flavia_pennetta/status/372807226047889408

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