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US Open suffers players revolt

There has been something of a players' revolt at the US Open over the last couple of days: Rafael Nadal has led the players in condemning the organisers of the tournament, after they tried to make them play on what the players consider to be unsafe courts.

Flushing Meadows has been deluged with rain over the last couple of days, seeing a number of matches postponed, and while the tournament organisers have tried to get some tennis played, the players are happy about how their safety was compromised. Nadal himself was heard saying 'It's the same old story, all you think about is money', as he walked off court, trailing Luxembourg's Gilles Müller 3-0. However, it's not just Nadal who has been enraged, even Andy Roddick and Andy Murray have joined the chorus of disapproval.

'It was important for us to make it known that we didn't want to be put in that position again,' Roddick said. 'We were talking about it and Andy (Murray) said: 'Do you want to pop in with us?' I said: 'That's fine. It's better when there are three of us there instead of one'.

'They need to put tennis on television, I understand the business side of it but they need to make sure the players are safe. If I were by myself I'd feel uncomfortable going in there, as an American. We said if conditions are similar to that again, it might be uncomfortable. To Brian Earley's credit, he listened to what we had to say. He was very nice in the conversation.'

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