No tennis matches were finished at the U.S Open in New York Wednesday, thanks to the weather.
In the hours leading up to that conclusion, there was nearly a mutiny among the men when three matches were started in the midst of a mist.
With tensions high, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick confronted tournament referee Brian Earley in a closed-door meeting about why they had been sent out onto still-slick courts in a mist.
It doesn't really make sense just getting out there for seven or eight minutes and then having to go back inside, Murray told ESPN after the meeting.
Nadal, most vociferously, didn't want to play at Arthur Ashe Stadium when there was high moisture.
We're part of the show, Nadal said on television. They know it's still raining and call us onto the court. That's not possible. I understand the fans are there. But the players are important … We didn't feel protected.
The tournament is perilously close to requiring a delayed-to-Monday final for the fourth consecutive year.
In each of the last three years, the Open has been extended a day because of weather disruptions, and this year’s tournament appears headed for a fourth straight Monday finish.
In order to finish Sunday, four men's fourth-round matches must be completed Thursday, or the men would have to play twice in one day.
After Nadal, Roddick and Murray expressed their unhappiness, the USTA, which runs the Open, released a statement explaining the decision to start play.
Marian Vajda, Djokovic's coach, said the USTA needed to rearrange the schedule out of fairness. They must be equally rested otherwise somebody is advantaged or somebody is not, he said.
After his match with countryman Novak Djokovic was canceled, Janko Tipsarevic, the No. 20 seed, said the USTA should never have put the players on wet courts without being consulted.
There is an 80 percent chance of rain predicted for Thursday and 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday.