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Change of plans


A stampede of people just roared out of Arthur Ashe Stadium just now. Was the U.S. Open giving away free lobster rolls?

No, the Rafael Nadal-Andy Murray was bumped to Louis Armstrong Stadium because of the ominous forecast, and seats are to be awarded on a first come-first serve basis,

The mass exodus was fairly comical, especially when you consider the poor U.S. Open ushers doing their best Kevin Bacon in “Animal House” imitation (“Nothing to see here. Please disperse”) in an effort to get people to stop running.

“Please, slow down,” one usher said as he tried to stand in front of people. “The match hasn’t started yet.”

Meanwhile, the skies that have been gray all day are turning a shade of charcoal. And it doesn’t look like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be winding down anytime soon. Djokovic just broke Federer to claim the second set.

This entry was posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2008 at 12:33 pm by Sam Weinman. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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This is the time of year the tennis world descends upon New York. Jane McManus, Harold Gutmann and Josh Thomson will be sending dispatches from the courts and corridors of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Come back for advice on tickets, parking and whether to go for the hot dog or the lobster roll.
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Harold GutmannHarold Gutmann Harold Gutmann joined The Journal News in 2002 after graduating from Duke University. He currently focuses on high school sports — he has covered state championship games in 10 different sports. READ MORE
Jane McManusJane McManus Jane McManus has covered sports at The Journal News for eight years, writing about everything from the Final Four and the U.S. Open to rock climbing. READ MORE
Josh ThomsonJosh Thomson Josh, who is 26 and a native of Carmel, graduated from Boston University in 2002 and began working for The Journal News the following March. READ MORE
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