US Open 2011 to start as planned after 'minimal' storm damage

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Monday's forecast for New York predicts sunny skies and warm temperatures

The US Open will start on Monday as planned after Flushing Meadows escaped serious damage from Tropical Storm Irene, officials said on Sunday.

The storm surged through New York in the early hours of Sunday morning, but the city avoided the heavy devastation which had been feared.

"Minimal damage" was caused to the US Open site, officials said.

"We are preparing for the gates to open at 10am [1500 BST] as scheduled," the US Tennis Association said.

"Play around the grounds will commence as close to 11am [1600 BST] as possible."

The first match at the main Arthur Ashe Stadium will start at 1pm (1800 BST).

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