Sunday, August 12, 2001

Rafter vs. ??? in final


Storm delays semifinal until today

The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Lighting near the ATP Tennis Center.
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        MASON - Gustavo Kuerten and Tim Henman will finish their rain-delayed semifinal at 11:30 a.m. today, with the winner getting a short break before facing Patrick Rafter in the scheduled 1 p.m. championship of the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

        Saturday night's semifinal was postponed at 12:15 a.m. today after a second rain delay — with Kuerten leading 6-2, 1-5.

        The only tickets that will be honored today are the Sunday/Session 18 tickets. At 9 a.m. today, 200 obstructed view seats will go on sale for $30 each.

TODAY'S GUIDE
  • 11 a.m.: Doubles semifinal on grandstand court.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Kuerten vs. Henman resumes.
  • 1 p.m.: Singles final.
  • Doubles final follows singles.
  • Television: 1-3 p.m., CBS (live)
        Saturday night's rained-out doubles semifinal will begin at 11 a.m. on the grandstand court. Jeff Tarango and Nicolas Lapentti will meet Martin Damm and David Prinosil. The doubles final will follow the singles final.

        There's no rain in today's forecast - only a mix of clouds and sun and a high of 82.

        Tournament officials said on-site parking lots that are on grass were in poor condition after Saturday night's rainstorm. Some cars parked on the grass Saturday night were flooded; a few cars were nearly covered in water. They encourage fans to carpool and know that parking today may be limited.

        The Kuerten-Henman match, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, got off on time, but only two points were played before rain stopped it.

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Tournament volunteer Monica Williams hands out towels to wet fans who took shelter in the media interview room.
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        In less than 20 minutes, the two were back on the court and warming up. Henman tossed the ball in the air to practice a serve, heard a blast of thunder, let the ball drop and ducked for cover.

        In seconds, the players left the court and fans scattered in the stands. This time, the rain was heavy, the thunder loud, the lightning close.

        Power on the Stadium Court was knocked out twice. Water on parts of the court was more than ankle deep.

        Play resumed at 9:31 p.m. after a 2-hour, 21-minute rain delay, but it had to be stopped again at 10:26 p.m.

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