Rain disrupted play for most of Tuesday at the ASB Classic.
Persistent rain led to a frustrating day and night of tennis at the ASB Classic on Tuesday.
Only one match was played on Centre Court in the day session with Britain’s Kyle Edmund defeating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Italy 6-2 4-6 6-3.
The only other singles match completed during the day was Vasek Pospisil, from Canada getting a 6-4 6-2 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
A new schedule was done for the evening session and the players Michael Mmoh and John Millman came onto the court.
But then the light rain fell again and just after 9pm the decision was made to postpone all matches for the night, but to wait it out for the singles match on Centre Court.
That match finally got underway at 10.40pm, much to the delight of the remaining crowd.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team and what they’ve done today to get matches going,” Classic tournament director Karl Budge said.
“We got a match completed and a great match at that on Centre Court in the day session, then the team worked incredibly hard to get a match on at night.”
The disrupted day meant Wednesday’s session is chocker, with Court Five called into action for the first time this year and Budge said it wasn’t an easy task to put together the schedule, with a number of players having to play twice.
“It’s taken a couple of hours for us to get something we thought could work and was fair and equitable for everyone,” Budge said.
“From the Tour, we’ve had a lot of support today and we fought to make sure this match got on tonight.
“We know what the New Zealand weather can be like, it can give you a break one minute and getting this match done means we can get the first round done before commencing the second round.”
Because there are so many matches needing to be played on Wednesday, with 13 scheduled for the outside courts, a ground pass, which costs $19, is exceptional value.
Tennis fans will be able to get the opportunity to see some of the best players in the world for a fraction of the price that it normally costs.
“That’s always the silver lining,” Budge said.
“You feel for the people who missed out today, but there’s an awesome opportunity for those who want to come out tomorrow and watch some unbelievable tennis for $19, it’s not too bad at all.”