Gauff Details Long Rain Delay Struggles With 'Unrealistic' Predictions From Tournament Organizers

Gauff Details Long Rain Delay Struggles With 'Unrealistic' Predictions From Tournament Organizers

by Zachary Wimer

Rain affected the 2024 Miami Open schedule on Friday heavily, as Coco Gauff shed light on what was going on behind the scenes.

Rain delays are very tricky for players because those who are expected to play soon are kept on site in case the playing conditions suddenly improve. Unfortunately for many players, the rain in Miami on Friday was determined to push back play a lot.

Many players who arrived on site early in the morning were aware that it would rain because the prognosis was bad. It was basically supposed to rain all day long, so many of them spent a lot of time on-site waiting to see what would happen.

Gauff was one of those who arrived early in the morning and had to wait a long time because she was one of the first matches on the program. She detailed what happened during her wait and what it all looked like from the other side.

"Yeah, so I came as normal schedule, even I knew it was going to rain. Shortened my warm-up before I hit so I could get a chance to hit. I did hit 15 minutes at, like, 9 in the morning. Don't know if that made a difference because we played so much later."

"Yeah, I was just waiting around, talked to some folks, played some games, read. It felt like a long wait. I was kind of not sure when to eat. Also the tournament was giving us unrealistic 'not before' times, so that felt a little bit weird, too."

Luckily for Gauff, she was able to use a dry spot in the rain schedule to finish off her match. It was a resounding 6-1, 6-2 win over Nadia Podoroska just before the rain started again. Now, she gets to enjoy a day free before her next match against Oceane Dodin.


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