Record crowds at US Open

Updated: 02 September 2007 13:46 IST

The US Open is drawing fans at a record rate - so many that there was a traffic jam on Friday.

New York:

The US Open is drawing fans at a record rate - so many that there was a traffic jam on Friday.

Because two afternoon matches ran long, including Serena Williams' two-hour victory over Vera Zvonareva, the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium was late emptying out. That meant thousands of fans had to stand outside the gates to get in for the night session, which started with Venus Williams playing Alona Bondarenko.

In all, a day-night combined record of 60,836 fans were at the National Tennis Center on Friday, breaking the record of 60,619 set on Tuesday.

The Open is sold out through Monday night, and officials are predicting an overall attendance record of more than 700,000.

Wild-card Ahsha Rolle, who won two matches, noted what it means to play in New York.

"They're always kind of noises. You got fans screaming, saying different things, people walking during points," the 22-year-old American said. "I love it. I mean, all those fans were so out there for me, screaming my name."

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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