2012 US Open: Rain, Wind, Corporate Interests Contribute to Who Plays in Men's Final!
The domino effect slammed into the 2012 US Tennis Open and leaving the fans, players and sponsors reeling from the impact of late night play and cancellations and postponements due to rain and random weather patterns. Both weeks of the 2012 US Open suffered from the sky opening, the second week, worse than the first.
Right out of the starting gate, Day One, fans and players experienced a two-hour rain shower. This was ameliorated easily after a rain delay and suspended play that seemed to scare away the possibility of doom and gloom forecasts for the rest of the Open after the sun came out and there was glorious, unobstructed play around the grounds and some of the largest fan attendance records. The sun glowed and temperatures soared during the first week and the thick Labor Day crowds sweated and ate and drank with gusto until Sunday evening when skies opened again.
Delays due to weather or longer matches by those on the same player courts are always the dominoes that can fall, jamming up the players' tennis destinies. They are an evil that the US Open Board has yet to deal with appropriately and fairly. The rain Sunday evening fell during the Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. And as Mardy Fish's fateful run was most likely ended by his late night match caused by a lengthy woman's match before his, so the rain impacted the course of the match for Sharapova and Petrova. with a delay that helped out Sharapova who was down and falling into the abyss of loss. The time it took for the rain to stop and the courts to be dried helped her recoup, gain tips from her coach and move out to whomp Petrova.
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And this caused the crashing dominoes to fall on the Men's Singles Match which followed play after the Sharapova match. American John Isner and German Philip Kohlschreiber played to dwindling crowds in a five setter that sloughed into the unholy early morning hours. Barely 1000 spectators held on to the bitter exhaustion of both players whose arms and legs were mush by the end of the tiebreak that mercifully ended around 2:30 am most probably because Isner could not pull off a repeat Wimbledon performance where he battled with his opponent Nicolas Mahut for three days until Mahut cried uncle; the American lost to the physically wiped Kohlschreiber.