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USTA offers frustrated fans compensation

US Open organisers on Monday offered frustrated tennis fans the chance to exchange their tickets for sessions later in the week after rain caused havoc with play on day eight of the grand slam.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2003 10:06 IST

US Open organisers on Monday offered frustrated tennis fans the chance to exchange their tickets for sessions later in the week after rain caused havoc with play on day eight of the grand slam.

Organisers had initially said day session holders could exchange their tickets for the evening session or for tickets over the next three days.

But the evening session was later cancelled when play had not begun by 2145 (0145 GMT).

Day session ticket holders would be allowed to exchange their tickets for the similar session on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the United States Tennis Association said.

Night session ticket holders could exchange their tickets for those day sessions or for corresponding night sessions at the 2004 US Open, the USTA later added.

Ordinarily, day ticket holders would not be allowed on the main showcourt for the evening session, for which separate tickets are sold.

However, just one match had been finished by 2030 -- Jennifer Capriati's victory over Elena Dementieva -- and no play had been possible on other courts due to persistent drizzle throughout the day.

Organisers were confident of finishing more matches on Monday night even though the air was heavy with moisture and there were intermittent showers throughout.

Under the tournament's Inclement Weather Policy, organisers had not been obliged to offer ticket exchanges as the day session began before 1700 and Capriati's match lasted more than one hour.

The evening session, opening with Justine Henin-Hardenne against Dinara Safina, would have to have begun by 2145 or it would automatically have been considered cancelled.

Organisers said they would not decide whether the remaining women's matches -- Henin-Hardenne against Safina; Anastasia Myskina's match against Mary Pierce and Ai Sugiyama's clash with Francesca Schiavone -- would take place or not until 2230.

First Published: Sep 02, 2003 10:06 IST