Venue News: Armstrong Stadium Match Forced to Court 13

In a strange turn of events yesterday, the water table that caused problems during the construction of Court 17 reared its head at Armstrong Stadium during a fourth-round US Open match between Andy Roddick and David Ferrer. After play was aborted Wednesday due to rain, the match continued on Thursday morning, only to be stopped twice when water seeped from the crack behind the baseline. A 75-minute repair attempt failed to fix the problem, causing Roddick to leave the court and USTA officials to move the match to Court 13.  While Court 13 is a television court, it does not have instant replay capabilities and can only seat 584 spectators. Armstrong Stadium is closed indefinitely…

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