Roof still on US Open's long list of improvements

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Someday, a roof will cover Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.

But it will cost a lot -- at least nine figures -- and it won't delay other projects that leaders of the USTA believe are mandatory at the home of the year's final Grand Slam. The main stadiums at Wimbledon and the Australian Open have roofs.

On Sunday, USTA chief executive Gordon Smith said the technology does not yet exist to put a roof on top of the U.S. Open's 23,700-capacity stadium but he's confident that will change.

He said he couldn't predict when that will happen, but in the meantime, plans are in place to expand the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, including a rebuild of 10,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium.