Weather has not been kind to the 2018 Citi Open at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
To be perfectly honest, the weather never has cooperated for Washington D.C.’s premier tennis tournament.
The 50th anniversary of the D.C. tennis event though has been one for the memory banks for all the wrong reasons.
So many inconveniences to count that three-time Gland Slam champion Andy Murray was pushed to tears after he finished his third round match in the wee hours of Friday morning.
3:01 a.m. local time to be exact.
Oh, and Murray WON that match over Marius Copil by the way.
On Friday the Citi Open is entering its fifth day of main draw competition. Each day has seen action delayed, suspended, rescheduled, or postponed due to the unusual amount of rain in the area. Thursday night into Friday morning was just the breaking point for Murray.
"Finishing matches at three in the morning is not good,” Murray told the Independent. "It's not good for the players. It's not good for anyone, I don't think, involved in the event. It's not good for fans, TV. Nobody.”
“I don't think I should be put in a position like that, when you're expected to come out and perform the next day. I don't think it's reasonable. And I'm disappointed with that, because I know that the weather's tricky and I know it is for the scheduling, but it's a very difficult position to be in."
Coming back from a hip injury, the former world No. 1 is only playing in his third tournament back from surgery. In all three of his matches in D.C., he has been pushed the distance for three sets. As the biggest player in the event, with all due respect to world No. 3 Alexander Zverev and top American John Isner, he has been in the feature match nearly every night.
Because of the lateness of the match and then another delay on late Friday afternoon, Murray would withdraw from the Citi Open. He was scheduled for his next match less than 18 hours of the finish of his last match.
Murray, currently ranked 832nd in the world, was not the only one that has dealt with the weather. There is not a male or female player still alive in the bracket that has not had a match moved because of the rain.
He was set to play Australian Alex de Minaur, who finished his second match from yesterday at around 1:25 a.m. local time. Russian Andrey Rublev was another player that had to play two singles matches in one day.
It’s fortunate for the Citi Open organizers, that even with a match finishing at 3:00, every scheduled match got in on Thursday/ Friday morning. Rain is still on the forecast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the tournament still behind its regular schedule.
At that point on Friday morning, Murray was just feeling what everyone else did. That includes other players, tournament officials, fans, and media members.
We're all waiting on 'Closing Time.'
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2018 CITI OPEN COVERAGE
- Murray Withdraws: Former No. 1 cites exhaustion
- Massive Headache: Tsitsipas self-punishment
- The Next Great: Alex Zverev wins back-to-back Citi Opens
- Ending the D.C. Curse: The Caps broke through, so did Denis Kudla
- Citi Open Bracket: Andy Murray, Sasha Zverev highlight field
This post was updated on Friday, August 3 at 6:15 p.m. to reflect Andy Murray's withdrawl from the event.