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

US Open

Flushing Meadows, New York
29 August - 11 September
Session start times:
1600 & 0000 BST
Monday's live commentary:
Heather Watson v Maria Sharapova on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online
Tournament coverage:
Scores and reports on BBC website plus live text commentaries including all Andy Murray matches; updates and commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra; TV coverage on Sky Sports & Eurosport
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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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