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NEW YORK -- The third time was the charm for the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium. Marc Jackson Jersey .The U.S. Tennis Association unveiled the $150 million roof over the centerpiece court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday -- after some glitches.The roof closed with ease in its first official demonstration, but tennis legend Billie Jean King tried multiple times to open it with the push of a button. Her third attempt succeeded.Matt Rossetti, president of the architectural firm that drew up the roof plan, said the issue could happen at the upcoming US Open but a team of engineers would be on hand to fix it if necessary.The roof, which is the size of 17 Olympic swimming pools, will be ready when the US Open begins on Aug. 29. The mens final was delayed a day until Monday because of rain for five straight years from 2008-12.USTA officials had long maintained that adding a roof over Ashe wasnt feasible. But in 2013, Rossetti created a plan and the roof was added over two years.Here at the Billie Jean Tennis Center, we are making the impossible happen, USTA executive director Gordon Smith said.Moving at a top speed of 25 feet per minute, the roof over the 23,771-capacity stadium is built to close or open in under seven minutes. Twenty-two tennis courts could fit inside the 62,500 square-foot roof opening.There are already retractable roofs over the main stadiums at the sites of two other Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. French Open organizers also plan to add one.The Ashe roof is expected to be used only for rain, unlike the Australian Open, which also closes its roof in cases of extreme heat. The Chase name and logo will be on both the north and south sides of the roof for the US Open.Ashes retractable roof features two panels atop a 6,500-ton steel superstructure and is covered to provide shade for the spectators. Some 360 LED sports lights will illuminate the roof and stadium when closed. To control humidity inside the stadium when the roof is closed, a chilled water ventilation system was installed.The US Open roof is part of a $500 million-plus renovation paid for by the USTA. The renovation included adding new courts. Jason Richardson Jersey .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. Golden State Warriors Gear . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. https://www.cheapwarriors.com/839o-paul-arizin-jersey-warriors.html . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. LONDON -- The boys from Dunblane havent half done bad.I think were probably each others biggest fans, Andy Murray said Friday when asked about his brother Jamie Murrays achievement of finishing as year-end doubles No. 1 with Bruno Soares.The camaraderie has been there between them from the youngest of ages, when they grew up competing against each other with any piece of sports apparatus they could get their hands on.When we were really young, Jamie would have won most things we did, said Andy. He was 15 months older, so he was bigger and stronger and better than me at most things. He was smarter than me.Then as we started to get older and physically were on more of a level playing field, we were pretty close really at most things. Jamie is a really good golfer. He was better at that. Football, probably me. Then squash and table tennis, more of the racket sports, was pretty close between the two of us really.Andy added, laughing: Well, thats my recollection of it. He might say something a bit different. Thats what I remember.Jamie has largely had to deal with his brother getting most of the spotlight ever since they went their separate ways in their early teens. The elder Murray headed to Cambridge for nine months and then Paris, with Andy going off to Spain when he was 15.While Andys talents as a singles player flourished, culminating in his rise to world No. 1 with three major titles to his name, Jamie has risen to the top of the mens doubles rankings with two of his own slams. Jamie also beat Andy to a first Wimbledon title, winning the mixed doubles with Jelena Jankovic in 2007.Throw in the Davis Cup they helped Britain win together last year, and the Murray family is British tennis royalty.Now, the brothers march toward tennis historry continues apace at the World Tour Finals. Howie Dallmar Jersey. Jamie was confirmed Friday as the year-end doubles No. 1 with partner Soares after Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert lost their final round-robin match.It capped off a sensational 2016 for the Scot and the Brazilian. Neither man had won a mens doubles slam before they claimed the Australian Open together, having only come together at the beginning of 2016. They also went on to win the US Open.They had an amazing year. They deserve it, Andy continued. Its a great achievement for both of them and Im very proud of Jamie.Its really special to get to watch what hes achieved in the biggest competitions in the sport. Neither of us ever would have expected this when we were growing up. We need to try and enjoy it.Whether Andy finishes the season on top of the singles rankings is still undecided. He has reached the semifinals here for the first since 2012 with Milos Raonic awaiting him.But he could yet see the No. 1 spot snatched away from him this week, should Novak Djokovic outperform Murray.The Serb faces Kei Nishikori in the other singles semifinal Saturday. Should he and Murray both win their matches, Sunday would be the first time in the history of the Tour Finals where the two finalists would not only be playing for the championship but the year-end No. 1 ranking.The whole year has been fantastic for both of us, Andy added of his brother. We would like to finish it perfectly if we can. Still theres a good chance that doesnt happen.Regardless of what happens over the weekend, we can look back on this year and be very proud of what weve done as a family. ' ' '