RAIN-PLAGUED US OPEN IS GETTING A ROOF

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NEW YORK CITY, New York: The US Tennis Association rolled out ambitious plans on Thursday for a weather-beating retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main court of the 22,500-seat US Open Grand Slam. It also laid out its intention to erect two new stadiums as part of a three-phase building project to be completed in time for the 2018 edition of the premier US tennis event. Construction at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows is to begin soon after this year’s tournament ends in September, with the retractable roof scheduled for completion in August 2017. News of the retractable roof will thrill tennis fans and players alike after rain forced the postponement of the US Open men’s final every year for the past five years.
AFP

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