2012 US Open: Rain, Wind, Corporate Interests Contribute to Who Plays in Men's Final! - Page 3
As if the weather patterns couldn't be more extreme, the twisting twins flew into Queens and Brooklyn, Saturday dumping torrential rains and bubbling over Arthur Ashe drains. The sun smiled on Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych's semi- final, but the winds were ferocious on the court and Murry discussed that it was practically the worst conditions he's ever played under and he quipped, "And I'm from Scotland!"
The Woman's Final was postponed for Sunday because of an evening Level Three evacuation weather emergency and there was much argument and discussion about why the Djokovic/Ferrer men's semi-final match wasn't put on Louis Armstrong so the Men's Final could be on Sunday with the Women's Final. Security, money, profits, corporate sponsors, TV scheduling all were cited as reasons why; the players' decisions were never a consideration. Sports commentator Mary Carillo quipped (after apologizing to fellow male announcers) were there any women on the decision committee not to use Louis Armstrong Stadium? The implication was far reaching; what appeared to be absent was player consideration, equity, humanity. It was all about profits, profits, profits.
For the fifth time, the Men's Singles Final is on a Monday. Is it fair to say that the wacky weather contributed to who is in the final? Yes. Now, will Murray's extra day of rest make a difference in his match against Djokovic who was forced to play in back to back matches? Hmmm!