U.S. Open 2011: First Round Action Already Underway In New York

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Rafael Nadal of Spain participates in the Draw Ceremony for the women's bracket prior to the start of the 2011 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for USTA)

Hurricane Irene caused a little bit of a stir for start times, but after a short cleanup, the 2011 U.S. Open is already underway.

Despite some concern about whether or not Hurricane, now Tropical Storm, Irene would ruin the start time of the event, the 2011 U.S. Open is underway Monday in Flushing, Queens. The storm only caused minimal damage to the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, and there are expected to be no more delays, at least as a result of this past storm. According to CBS New York, the damage should not delay the matches any further.

The tournament began on Monday with tweaks to the day’s original schedule, including a two-hour delay for the start of play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The U.S. Tennis Association said Sunday that the site of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament had “minimal damage” from Tropical Storm Irene.

Matches were scheduled to begin at 11 am on Monday, with matches continuing throughout the day. They were pushed back slightly, but it appears as though the facility is ready to host the tournament.

For more coverage of the event, check out the 2011 U.S. Open stream on SB Nation.com.

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