After quake, tennis tourney prepares for hurricane

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Tournament officials have moved the start of the championship match at the New Haven Open from 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the hopes of avoiding Hurricane Irene.

It’s the second time officials have had to deal with a natural disaster this week.

On Tuesday, play was suspended for over two hours when tremors from an earthquake in northern Virginia shook the stadium and sent spectators, players and officials scurrying for the exits.

In 2009, the remnants of Hurricane Danny brushed by, forcing officials to remove the large scoreboards from atop the 15,000-seat stadium and move several matches to Yale’s indoor tennis facility.