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Aug 29, 11:25 AM EDT

US Open begins with new roof, no rain in sight


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Play has started at the 2016 U.S. Open under sunny skies with no rain in the forecast for days, which could delay the first official use of the new retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The $150 million roof, which can close in about seven minutes, is to be used, according to tournament officials, only "in the event of inclement weather or the strong possibility of inclement weather."

Neither is expected in the next few days, with forecasts calling for clear skies and highs in the 80s.

The roof is still set to make its debut, of sorts, at Monday night's opening ceremony. The U.S. Tennis Association plans to shut the roof after the day session and open it for effect while Phil Collins performs "In the Air Tonight."

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