Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray Pressure Organizers, Tournament Extended to Monday

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2011

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  Fans sit under an umbrella as play is suspended due to rain during the men's singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain on day fifteen of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In a move willed through by player power and Mother Nature, the US Open is set to extend for the fourth straight year to a third Monday.

Having received numerous criticisms from the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick for their terrible handling of affairs in the heavily rain-affected tournament, this decision by tournament organizers is a blatant—however, much needed—attempt at saving face.  

A statement on the US Open website read:

Due to the recent inclement weather, the US Open's schedule has been revised to the following:*

MEN’S SINGLES QUARTERFINALS (SESSION #20)
The remaining Men’s Quarterfinals will be played on Friday, September 9, with gates opening at 10 a.m. ET. The tickets from the originally canceled Session #20, Wednesday, September 7, night session will now be honored for this rescheduled session.

MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (SESSION #24)
The Men’s Semifinals (Session #24) remain as scheduled for Saturday day, September 10, with gates opening at 10 a.m. ET.

WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (SESSION #23)
The Women’s Semifinals (Session #23) originally scheduled for Friday, September 9, are rescheduled to Saturday night, September 10, with gates opening at 6 p.m. ET.

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (SESSION #25)
The Women’s Final (Session #25) is rescheduled for Sunday, September 11, at 4 p.m. ET with gates opening at 11 a.m. ET and doubles match TBD. 

MEN’S SINGLES FINAL (SESSION #26)
The Men’s Final (Session #26) is rescheduled for Monday, September 12, at 4 p.m. ET with gates opening at 11 a.m. ET and doubles match TBD.

The tournament rescheduling will come as welcome news to players like Nadal, Murray and Roddick, who, in the bottom half of the men's draw, will have been forced to play four matches in as many days.