Tomas Berdych plays a backhand in a practice session during previews at USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center on August 27, 2011 in New York City.
US Open will go ahead
The US Open will start on Monday as scheduled despite the impending threat of Hurricane Irene on the New York coastline.
Preparations for the tournament were delayed as Flushing Meadows was shut down in anticipation of cyclonic conditions, with practice courts out of action just days away from the year's final Grand Slam.
With the Flushing Meadows site locked down yesterday, the players had to seek out indoor practice courts or just camp out in their hotel rooms with food packages, DVDs and card games.