6 Sep 2012

Djokovic tells US Open to cover up

12:37 pm on 6 September 2012

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has told US Open tennis chiefs, who have consistently refused to build a roof over Flushing Meadows' stadiums, to cover the courts to reduce rain-induced scheduling chaos.

Djokovic reached the quarter-finals today when Swiss 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka retired unwell from their fourth-round match, with the Serb world No.2 leading 6-4 6-1 3-1.

But Djokovic was flabbergasted by the ongoing problems in New York which have forced the men's final to be played a day later than scheduled for the last four years.

Djokovic says the most logical solution, besides building a roof, is to get covers on the court.

He says it saves at least 30 minutes of time after rain delays.

Djokovic insisted that he has brought up the suggestion with besieged organisers but claims he has yet to receive a satisfactory response.

The Australian Open and Wimbledon both have retractable-roof stadiums while the French Open will follow suit by 2016.