New York, NY (Sports Network) - The United States Tennis Association
has decided to add a retractable roof to Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of
renovations to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, according
to the The New York Post.
A Thursday news conference will be held to explain the details.
The All England Club features a retractable roof on its famed Centre Court for
Wimbledon, as does the main show court at the Australian Open, Rod Laver
Arena, and the French Open has announced plans to cover its main court, Court
The U.S. Open is staged every year in late August/early September in Flushing
Meadows, where rain has been a major player over the last few years, forcing
Monday finishes the last two years.
Last year, the USTA announced that it planned to spend $500 million to
renovate the National Tennis Center, but said the changes would not include a
retractable roof at the 23,000-seat Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium
in the world.
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