Originally Posted by williaer
Yeah they do the same thing at the AO and while I was towelling off the courts, I was wondering why the heck we didn't have covers - but Socket was right in saying that you would get condensation under the covers so they're useless anyway (especially in the Aussie heat). And it takes so freaking long to dry them because the water seriously seeps into the surface so wiping is not enough - after wiping off the excess water, time is the only thing that would dry the courts.
Rain delays may suck for viewers but oh my - they suck SO MUCH MORE for the poor court services kids that are drying them off like slaves.....
The high humidity in US East coast cities like Washington, DC, Miami, and New York make toweling a necessity. Otherwise, the court surface would take forever to dry. You wouldn't have to do that at Indian Wells after a rain, because it's much drier there. I don't know what the situation is in Melbourne.
I remember back in 1995 at the AO, when the main court actually was flooded because of the rain, right after a SF match that Agassi was playing. I think the locker rooms below the court were also flooded. . . .