Ken Stuart, who bought the Newport Beach club in 1995, said crews located portions of burnt wires under the scoreboard.
"Something caused a shortage to burn those wires," Stuart said.
The lights bordering center court went out after Lindsay
Davenport, who practices at Palisades, increased her lead to 3-0 in a
women's singles match against the Sacramento Capitals' Elena
Likhovtseva during the Breakers' 23-14 victory. The lights had been
on for about 30 minutes prior to going dark.
A third of the more than 2,000 spectators scurried around court
No. 6 to watch the completion of the match.
Some took their folding chairs while others stood on a grass
Earlier in the night, the lights on center court would often
flicker on, but within a few minutes, would go out.
The Breakers' Brian MacPhie and the Capitals' Daniel Nestor played
their men's singles match in virtual darkness, using only the
twilight as a guide.
"Disbelief," Lisa Fortman, the club's general manager, said when
asked what her initial reaction was to the malfunction. "You try to
prepare and look at every last detail to make sure everything is in
place. Whether it be a generator, a power, or a lighting issue, we
have crews working ... until 10 p.m., to make sure this will not
Crews spent 30 nights testing the lights prior to the Breakers'
opener, according to Stuart, and inserted lights specifically for
"They will be here [today], Friday and Saturday testing the lights
to make sure they work," Stuart said. On Saturday, prior to the
Breakers' next home match against the Springfield Lasers, Davenport's
expected final match of the WTT season, crews will redirect some of
the electrical power from the public address system to other on-site
locations to ensure the system can sustain the energy and will remain
on, Stuart said.
Specialists will remain on the premises throughout Saturday's
match should anything go awry, Fortman added.
Stuart said Tuesday was the first time the club has experienced an
outage similar to Tuesday's since he has been at Palisades. Fortman
added that the public has been "supportive" throughout the ordeal.
"I hope our fans feel we have supported them by offering a chance
to come back and see the finished result," she said. "People were
flexible [Tuesday] night in a move to the other court.
"The people that stayed had a great time. Some walked away with
three to four things. We can't be more thankful to the community for
Patrons can use their ticket stubs from Tuesday night to gain free
admission future Breakers' matches on July 16, July 20, or July 25.