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Rainy Open not a patch on Wimbledon: Pierce

Rain at the US Open has had players, fans and staff climbing the walls in frustration but the Flushing Meadows grand slam still has some way to go to match Wimbledon, according to Mary Pierce.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2003 11:08 IST
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Rain at the US Open has had players, fans and staff climbing the walls in frustration but the Flushing Meadows grand slam still has some way to go to match Wimbledon, according to Frenchwoman Mary Pierce.

The former Australian and French Open champion did not miss a beat when asked which grand slam was the most trying in terms of interruptions.

"I think pretty much almost anybody would say Wimbledon," she smiled, "because that's where it rains the most.

"This is a little taste of Wimbledon-like weather."

Rain had almost obliterated two-and-a-half days of tennis in New York by Wednesday afternoon and organisers were facing a scheduling nightmare.

However, the distance between the National Tennis Center in Queen's and the hotels at which the players stay in Manhattan causes a problem for many competitors.

"With Wimbledon, it's not as bad I guess because if you stay in the village, you can just stay right in your place and hang out there," she said.

The rain disturbs everyone, but Pierce says experienced players such as herself have a better chance of dealing with the conditions.

"Yeah, I think it depends more on the individual and their personality. Also, I mean, okay, I think probably the experience does help 'cause you kind of have a little bit of an idea what has worked and not worked in the past and what you should do.

"I mean, I just stay pretty calm. There's nothing I can do about it. Just stay relaxed. When it's time to play, just start getting ready.

"There's not really a lot you can do. I mean, just kind of have to always be ready, you know, make sure you keep hydrated and eat.

"It would be good to try and get a workout in of some kind in the gym, if you can't go out and hit or something. Just so you don't, you know, sit around too much."

First Published: Sep 04, 2003 11:06 IST