US Open aims to start on time Monday after Irene

By the Associated Press | August 28, 2011 | 1:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association says the site of the U.S. Open has "minimal damage" from Tropical Storm Irene and the aim is to begin the Grand Slam tournament on time.

In a posting on the tournament website Sunday, the USTA says workers are preparing the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for a scheduled 11 a.m. start Monday.

The USTA says it is in contact with New York City officials about mass transit, road conditions "and the ability to start the event on Monday."

Irene made landfall in New York as a tropical storm with 65 mph winds, not the 100-mph hurricane that had churned up the East Coast.