Fed up with bad weather tormenting its play and shredding its draws, the USTA has announced that it will begin construction of a dome over Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Weather problems have pushed the men's finals to Monday for the last five years. The U.S. Open is the only major without a roof either already established, as with Wimbledon and the Australian Open, or in the works, as with the French Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium holds 22,000 people, the largest tennis-specific stadium in the world, but it's drawn criticism since its 1997 opening for the lack of ability to handle any weather-related issues.
In addition, the USTA will construct two additional stadiums on the property. More details will be unveiled at a Thursday press conference.
This year's U.S. Open will begin Aug. 26, with a Monday finish already slated on the schedule.