NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray got in about 15 minutes of tennis Wednesday — barely enough to work up a sweat, but more than enough to get into a snit.
Rain washed out the matches for the second straight day at the U.S. Open, creating a logjam in the schedule and a bigger mess in the locker room, where the big-name players questioned the wisdom of putting them out on courts that were still damp thanks to a fine mist that was falling in the morning.
Shortly after they started, play was called, then late in the afternoon, the men were sent home.
Much later, and right after Serena Williams warmed up for her match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the U.S. Tennis Association finally scrubbed the women's matches, too, calling everyone back for an 11 a.m. start Thursday, when the weather forecast is an 80 percent chance of rain.
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"Right now, it's our intention to finish the tournament on time," tournament director Jim Curley said.
Some players expressed their concerns about being put in harm's way.
"If you know you're going to go on court only for 10 minutes, you don't have to lie to the fans at that point, and you don't have to lie to the players, too," Nadal said. "The players knew when we (went) on court that it was still raining, so it was a very strange decision, and we were upset about that."
Murray also weighed in. "It didn't really make a whole lot of sense in the end to go out for nine or 10 minutes when it's still raining," he said.