Flying chairs and tables, lashing rain, strong wind and a roof that is of no use!
Weather chaos at the US Open in New York! On Wednesday evening, local time, the extensions of the tornado “Ida” made themselves felt. There was even an official tornado warning for almost the entire city. At first it was not known whether there were victims.
The 80 millimeters of rain that fell in Central Park within an hour pulverized the record of the tropical storm “Henri” just over a week ago of 49 millimeters. Mayor Bill de Blasio (60) declared a state of emergency.
Angelique Kerber’s (33) second-round match against Angelina Kalinina (24 / Ukraine) had long since been canceled. It will be rescheduled on Thursday (around 10 p.m., Eurosport live). Then on the Grandstand, which has no roof at all.
Hopefully the situation will have calmed down by then. Everyone on the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center was asked to take shelter in buildings.
The safest place to go was Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis arena in the world with 24,000 seats. The roof was closed and Stefanos Tsitsipas (23 / Greece) and Adrian Mannarino (34 / France) just played as if the world was all right.
Certainly the best way to avoid panic, although New Yorkers are used to such capers of the weather. Locals nevertheless said: One of the most violent storms in the last four years.
The just two-year-old Louis Armstrong Stadium, on the other hand, could not withstand the water masses despite the roof. Through the open sides, which could not be closed, the storm carried the wet into the arena.
People fled, the circuits turned into rivers, the game between Diego Schwartzman (29 / Argentina) and Kevin Anderson (35 / South Africa) had to be interrupted several times. It continued after the match between Tsitsipas and Mannarino in the neighboring Ashe Arena.
In the meantime, the entire outdoor area was under water. Leaving the site now would have been too unsafe. Kerber had long been in the stadium. Manager Aljoscha Thron to BILD: “Let’s see if we can get back to the hotel.”
In the city even buses were under water, and passengers posted the pictures. There was a storm surge warning for Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. And the US Open facility is located in Queens.
Around 11 p.m. local time, the subway traffic was also stopped due to flooding, and many streets in New York were flooded. People were told to stay at home. A good 20,000 people were playing tennis and couldn’t get away. New York was going to be an exciting night.