Winston-Salem Tournament director:
“Being on a tennis court in a stadium, you get a great, unobstructed view of the sky,’’ he said. “I think that’s going to make it more fun and better.’’
Oakes said those matches will be played under the lights until the partial eclipse passes, which is estimated to be at 4:03 p.m. He also said the tournament has been in communication with the Association of Tennis Professionals for a couple months about how the solar eclipse could affect players, the television broadcast, and if matches need to be delayed.
(In terms of halting play)“We don’t feel that it will be necessary,’’ he said in a telephone interview with the Globe.