Are near washout conditions safe?

Bit of a controversy at the U.S. Open today, the second of a near washout. When several men’s matches were pushed out during a brief resumption of play, it rankled a few who felt it wasn’t safe enough to start a match.

Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all expressed concern to tournament referee Brian Early, and the USTA has released a statement which includes the phrase: “ Conditions may not be idea, but can still be safe.”

The USTA also said it isn’t looking at a retractable roof which, in hindsight, should probably have been installed when Arthur Ashe Stadium was built.