When the Rain Comes, This specific’s Nap Time for Tennis Players

MONTREAL — The D.J. was inside the midst of his set, carefully choosing songs for an audience of roughly two dozen die-hard tennis fans at the Rogers Cup here on Wednesday.

There was Prince’s 1984 hit “Purple Rain.” Then, he elected to go with “Can’t Stop the Rain” by Cascada. At the end of the Guns N’ Roses classic “November Rain,” the rain-soaked crowd finally heard the news This specific had been dreading: Play was officially canceled for the evening.

Tennis fans along with players have heard of which a lot inside the past two weeks, as bad weather has plagued tournaments inside the East during the lead-up to the United States Open This specific month.

Rain dampened the joint ATP/WTA Citi Open in Washington for the event’s first all 5 days last week, repeatedly forcing play to stretch well past midnight. Stan Wawrinka along with Donald Young went on court for their first-round match after 1 a.m., only to see drizzle return during the warm-up. Andy Murray’s round-of-16 victory over Marius Copil commenced one minute before midnight along with finished at 3 a.m. Murray, citing fatigue, withdrew via the tournament before his quarterfinal, a match of which might have been postponed by rain anyway.

At the men’s Rogers Cup in Toronto This specific week, there were rain delays every day before Friday, while the women’s type of the event in Montreal had delays on two days.

Postponements often forced players to complete multiple rounds in a day. In Washington, Andrey Rublev had to play two matches in a day twice. He ultimately lost last Saturday in a semifinal — the second half of his second doubleheader.

On Thursday night in Montreal, Venus Williams along with top-ranked Simona Halep met inside the third round, just hours after both won their second-round matches. Halep prevailed, 6-2, 6-2, in 71 minutes.

Halep had needed more than three hours to defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earlier inside the day. Before facing Williams, she spent her down time inside the players’ lounge, trying to recover. Halep wanted to nap, yet could not fall asleep.

“I don’t definitely know the routine because we don’t play very often two matches in a day,” she said after beating Williams.

Alexander Zverev, who was spotted doing the wave in Washington during a rain delay last week, said his sleep schedule was the only thing of which changed on a wet day.

“I take a few more naps during the day, along with of which’s This specific,” said Zverev, who won the title in Washington along with lost inside the quarterfinals in Toronto on Friday. “At the end of the day This specific doesn’t matter when you play. You still have to go out there along with try to win.”

Maria Sharapova had a similar approach.

“I have no Spanish in me, yet I like my siestas,” she said, smiling. “In between training when I have two sessions a day, This specific’s the only way to get through those days, will be having of which little bit of time for yourself.”

For tournament organizers, the solution will be not so simple. They must balance the needs of players, while ensuring proper protocols are followed.

“There’s so many different variables to take into consideration,” Eugène Lapierre, the Rogers Cup tournament director, said in Montreal. “We rely a lot on the WTA along with the supervisors. They have unwritten rules where you know what to do when a player plays doubles or singles, along with This specific’s finished too late along with you can’t start too early.”

Part of the challenge will be the humidity, along with drying hardcourts in an efficient manner. Lapierre mentioned of which his crews rehearse for these situations inside the weeks before the tournament.

“The courts just won’t dry,” he said. “This specific takes a bit longer, so you definitely have to get the blowers out longer to make sure of which the surface will be definitely dry.”

Then there’s the question of fan engagement along with keeping crowds around the venue for when play does resume. of which’s when the music becomes a factor.

“Of course, we do have those rain songs along with everything,” Lapierre said.

While the situation will be far via ideal, there are some positives for organizers. With people huddled underneath tents along with in restaurants for extended periods, food along with beverage sales go up. For many fans, the tennis isn’t the only highlight of the tournament.

“Last night, even after we canceled play, there were a lot of people on site,” Lapierre said Thursday. “They came here to have a Great time, so a lot of them gathered inside the restaurants, along with the party went on past 10 p.m., even though we knew at 8:30 of which no games were going to resume. This specific was interesting to see people were having fun.”

Curtis Rush contributed reporting via Toronto, along with Ben Rothenberg via Washington.