MONTREAL - Two straight days of rain delays at the Rogers Cup had officials getting stressed, fans getting wet and journalists getting grumpy.
Meanwhile the players lived it up in their lounge with Playstations, pool and long naps.
They are getting paid after all.
All four semifinalists held court with the media Sunday afternoon, and the one-liners flew fast and furious.
Q: Having fun?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Great fun! We love waiting! Not really. The weather has not been very nice to us. Just another day, and at least I got to watch a movie and to relax.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: You only watched one movie?
WOZNIACKI: Actually, two. (laughter) Two movies, and then just talking with some friends, and relaxing, not really doing too much. Saving energy.
Q: Why did you decide to play soccer yesterday? Was it important for you to thank the fans?
WOZNIACKI: I just thought it was fun, so me and Svetlena we were having a great time together, and we were a little bit bored, and we wanted to play, so first with the left hand and we have fun with that, and then I went, ‘I have a small ball, so why don’t we play a little bit of foot tennis?’ We enjoyed it, and the fans enjoyed it, and we had a good time.
Q: We thought you might then do a bit of boxing...
WOZNIACKI: No the boxing is only in the ring. I don’t beat people. I don’t beat my friends.
Q: So the plan is if it rains tomorrow, they have to decide whether to play Tuesday or split all the money into the points.
WOZNIACKI: Can they do that? Really? Can we play poker or something? (laughter) We can put all the prize money into a poker tournament.
AZARENKA: Rain, please, rain! (laughter)
Q: How was your day?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I had the best day in my life. We were competing in soccer. That’s it, and the other most popular thing today in the players’ lounge was the computer and the iPhone.
VERA ZVONAREVA: I slept through everything. I don’t even know what happened in the players’ lounge. I just woke up, like an hour ago.
Q: Is it difficult to wait and wait when it rains like this?
KUZNETSOVA: We went out to the court and we were almost ready to play and to serve and the rain started to go again. It’s hard. You warm up ten times a day and you are ready to play. It’s hard to be on and off.
ZVONAREVA: It’s difficult for everyone, to keep your concentration, you are relaxed and then you have to warm up and when they tell you they are going to dry up the courts. You wait, and then nothing. They dry the courts again. You warm up again, you change your clothes. It rains. You go back. You have to go change again. You don’t know what’s going to happen.
Q: How are you able to stay so positive? I mean, we’re grumpy over here.
KUZNETSOVA: Everyone is disappointed but there is only one way to look at it positive. It is good that we don’t have to play next week. This is very good for us.
Q: The rain is scheduled to stop at exactly 10 a.m. tomorrow. That’s the hourly forecast.
KUZNETSOVA: I think if it was to happen in Moscow, we would have a huge vent, they would do something to stop the rain forever. They have special planes to move the clouds away. That is why it never rains in Moscow. That is why if you plan your vacation, come to Moscow in August.