USTA Upgrades National Tennis Center, Forgets About Roof

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By Noah Davis Comment

Remember all that controversy at the US Open caused because of delays that could have been avoided if there was a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium? Yeah, that was fun.

Well, the USTA plans to spend $300 million to upgrade the Billie Jean Tennis Center – home of the US Open.

Things included in the dollar figure: “tearing down and replacing Louis Armstrong Stadium and building two mini-stadiums.”

Things not included in the dollar figure: A roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Ugh.The new Louis Armstrong Stadium will be “roof-ready,” whatever that means. But guys and girls of the USTA, this is getting ridiculous. John McEnroe is apoplectic. You need a roof, if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassment on television again.

In 2008, United States Tennis Association chief executive Arlen Kantarian said: “I would say at this point it’s a question of when as opposed to if,” when asked when the venue would get a roof.

Clearly, we’re still waiting on that when.

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