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Rain halts Agassi charge

Five of the tournament's 12 sessions have been cancelled so far, including two entire days without any matches completed.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 16:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Andre Agassi received another anti-inflammatory injection and received an extra day to rest before playing in the third round of the US Open, his match postponed because of intermittent rain.

Rain that was barely there in the morning but grew heavy by the evening washed out yesterday's entire schedule at Flushing Meadows. Agassi's match against German qualifier Benjamin Becker was rescheduled for 11 am.

"I'll be all right. I don't need sympathy. I'll be OK," Agassi said with a smile as he prepared to leave for the day.

Matches involving Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova also were pushed back to, when tournament organisers will add a night session in Louis Armstrong Stadium for the first time in a bid to erase the backlog. Five of the tournament's 12 sessions have been cancelled so far, including two entire days - Tuesday and Saturday - without any matches completed; there hadn't been a single such 24-hour period at the US Open since Day 1 in 1987.

"It's been a tough day, but we are one day behind," US Tennis Association executive Arlen Kantarian said. "We expect to be fully caught up by the end of the day tomorrow."

The 36-year-old Agassi, playing in the final tournament of his career and fighting a bad back, has been on court for more than seven hours already, including his five-set thriller against eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis that began on Thursday night and finished in the wee hours of Friday.

"I prefer not to have a drama-filled one tomorrow," said Agassi, whose eight Grand Slam titles include two at the US Open.

First Published: Sep 03, 2006 14:54 IST