With the women’s final already pushed back to Sunday due to weather concerns, it was really only a matter of time before the men’s final would yet again be postponed to Monday.
The Novak Djokovic/David Ferrer U.S. Open men’s semifinal was postponed due to inclement weather in the first set Saturday afternoon, with the conclusion scheduled for Sunday morning (11:00 AM ET on ESPN2).
With the semifinal now on Sunday, the men’s final will be rescheduled for a Monday afternoon (4 PM ET on CBS) for a fifth consecutive year. Monday finals have been fraught with problems in the past, not the least of which have been low television ratings and widespread local preemptions.
The postponement is yet another embarrassment for the U.S. Open, which has had only one singles final — on either side of the draw — air as scheduled over the past half-decade. In 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, both singles finals were pushed back a day due to weather. In 2010, only the men’s final was pushed back.
The Serena Williams/Victoria Azarenka women’s final, originally scheduled for Saturday at 8 PM ET, had already postponed to Sunday. The match is now scheduled to take place in the cushy post-NFL timeslot Sunday afternoon.
(Schedule info from usopen.org)