LONDON — Andy Murray’s comeback has been delayed after rain washed out the entire day’s play at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament for only the third time in 18 years on Tuesday.
Murray, who is competing in the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez as he makes a tentative return to action five months after hip surgery, was due to play on Wednesday.
But their first-round match against top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Jean-Julian Rojer has now been put back until Thursday.
That is because Lopez’s singles match against Marton Fucsovics was one of those affected by Tuesday’s bad weather. The Spaniard is now first on Court One on Wednesday.
Queen’s Club organizers gave full refunds to spectators left frustrated by the rain.
The only previous total wash-outs at the tournament since the turn of the century was finals day in 2011, which meant Murray’s title match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was played on the Monday, and the opening day in 2012.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Open total purse this year is more than $57 million, the richest in tennis history.
The men’s and women’s singles champion will each receive $3.85 million, and the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will get $740,000. Those are both the highest payouts in U.S. Open history.
The U.S. Tennis Association said Thursday it worked with the ATP and WTA Tours to determine specific round-by-round prize money levels, and that the payouts for each round are all Grand Slam tournament records.
The payouts start at $58,000 for the first round of singles.
The USTA adds that it will make a payment of $500,000 to each tour to support the ATP and WTA Tour player programs, including pension.
The final major of the year will be played Aug. 26 through Sept. 8.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Venus Williams has committed to play in San Jose later this month, her second straight appearance in the event.
She will play her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in the night session July 30 after reaching the 2018 quarterfinals. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the 15th time, though the tournament moved from Stanford to San Jose last year.
The 39-year-old Williams will be a wild-card entry in the tournament.