The US Open is making a change.
Well you can consider it just making it official.
Much like the last few years, the Open Men’s Final will take place on Monday with the Women’s final on Sunday.
Because of rain, this was the way it happened over the past few years, but now it’s etched in stone.
“We listened to the players and understood we needed to accommodate their request for an extra day of rest between the semifinals and final,” said USTA Spokesman Widmaier said. “The USTA reached out to many of the top players, player agents as well as the respective tours. So far, everything has been fairly positive. The day of rest is being embraced across the board. Because of the nature of the game, and to assure a final that can be played at the highest competitive level, you need an extra day of rest. We recognized that.”
But the ATP isn’t happy about it.
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“The ATP and its players have made it clear to the US Open that we do not support a Monday final,” the ATP said in a statement. “We strongly believe the US Open should keep a similar schedule to the other Grand Slams, with the men’s semifinals completed by Friday and the final on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate the US Open response did not reflect our views on this issue and the ATP and its players will continue to pursue this matter in its discussions with the USTA.”
Of course, the Open is going to go where the TV networks say and if CBS wants it on Monday it will be on Monday. No bowl betting odds will say otherwise.
And with the rain a factor now, having the extra day will build in a buffer so the Open doesn’t go any longer.