Despite roof, rain forces US Open drama

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Heavy rain that has made its way into Louis Armstrong Stadium, despite the closing of the retractable roof, forced US Open organisers to call off play for the day at that arena.

The match between 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson and 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman was stopped at 5-all in the first set so the court could be dried.

Play eventually resumed about 30 minutes later but Schwartzman slipped during the tiebreaker in the first set and called for chair umpire Nacho Forcadell, who inspected the court as fans donned plastic ponchos and held up umbrellas.

The match was then halted again early in the second set with Argentine Schwartzman up a set and 1-0.

"You guys call me when you're ready to play tennis," South African Anderson said before leaving the court.

The tournament organisers then decided to shift the second-round encounter to the other arena at the National Tennis Center with a roof, Arthur Ashe Stadium - once the in-progress match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino ends.

Wednesday's last scheduled match in Armstrong, between Angelique Kerber and Anhelina Kalinina, was postponed until Thursday.

The 14,000-seat stadium was updated before the 2018 US Open with a naturally ventilated roof - but the space purposely left between the concourse and the cover allowed the rain to get blown onto the court.

The national weather service issued a flash flood emergency advisory for the region, and parts of the plaza at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center were flooded.

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