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Rain is blocked out but noise is an issue in Arthur Ashe Stadium at U.S. Open

Rain is blocked out but noise is an issue in Arthur Ashe Stadium at U.S. Open

No one needs to be told to bring the noise to the U.S. Open.

How about bringing a little less crowd noise?

“Over time, you start to forget about the noise after maybe a set,” Venus Williams was saying Thursday. “As a player, the higher the stakes, the less you hear.

“I guess people are having some great conversations about tennis out there.”

Williams smiled after her last comment. One prevailing theme of the first four days at the Open has been the increased volume in Arthur Ashe Stadium with its sparkling new retractable roof. Gone are the wind-tunnel-like days, but other adjustments to the new digs are apparently...

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