The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium was activated for the first time during the second round match featuring Rafael Nadal – Andreas Seppi. Play was suspended at 10:38:58 PM ET and play resumed at 10:46:20 PM ET (total suspension of play was 7 minutes and 22 seconds). The roof closed in 5 minutes and 35 seconds. The closing occurred prior to Nadal serving at 3-3 in the second set. Nadal won the first set 6-0. Rafael Nadal has the distinction of hitting the first practice and match ball under a closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Arthur Ashe Stadium closes roof
In a matter of minutes, outdoor tennis turns into indoor tennis as they close the roof during tournament play for the first time at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The USTA has unveiled the retractable roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.