Rain delays play at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's fickle weather forced a delay at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, raising the possibility that Andy Murray may not begin his title defense until the fourth day of the tournament.




Only a handful of early matches had been completed when the rain began falling at the U.S. National Tennis Center, and with more foul weather forecast for the rest of the day, further delays could play havoc with the schedule.
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Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans look on during a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Center court is dried following a rain delay on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
A general of empty stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
A general of empty stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
A general of empty stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas as rain interrupts play during Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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