Blue courts to be used make viewing ball easier


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The U.S. Open will use blue instead of
green tennis courts this year in an attempt to make balls easier to
see for players and TV viewers.

The area outside the court's lines will stay green, U.S. Tennis
Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said Monday.

Blue courts also will be used for the 10 tournaments in the US
Open Series, the summer hard-court circuit leading up to the
season's final Grand Slam.

"The new court colors have been tested and proven to enhance
visibility of the ball for both players and fans," USTA executive
Arlen Kantarian said. "In addition, it provides an instant visual
link between the US Open Series tournaments and the U.S. Open,
helping to create a unified 'regular season' for tennis leading up
to the U.S. Open."

The first event with the new color will be the RCA Championships
at Indianapolis on July 18-24.

The U.S. Open runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 11, with broadcast network
coverage on CBS.

"We support the USTA's continued efforts to further engage the
TV viewer, and consider this a very positive breakthrough for the
U.S. Open and the sport," CBS Sports president Sean McManus said.