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Ranking of the 4 Grand Slams Surface Speeds

With all the talk about speed of court and slowing down some, speeding up others. Where do you stand on which is fastest, slowest... For me it's

1. Us Open
2. Wimbledon
3. Australian Open
4. French Open
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Re: Ranking of the 4 Grand Slams Surface Speeds

It's all about the type of ball used.
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It's all about the type of ball used.
Good point.

Australian:???
French: Light (Now)
Wimby: Heavy
US: Light
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Re: Ranking of the 4 Grand Slams Surface Speeds

The ITF have a rating system for this.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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The ITF have a rating system for this.
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It can´t be said this is fastest, this is slowest. It depends on weather and which balls they use. I think right now it is pretty similar- the fastest GS is not much faster then slowest GS i think. Fastest is probably US open - light balls- faster balls and faster HC-for nowadays HC, generally US open´s Decoturf is slower than used to be. French open is probably after Madrid 2nd fastest clay tournament- from big events i mean, maybe some 250 clay event is faster. With this year´s new balls on sunny hot day RG could be very fast i think. Wimbledon generally slowed down 2 or 3x times, heavy balls and in 2nd week also grass is slower, because of too much matches on it. AO- medium to slow HC - depends from weather so generally i from slowest to fastest:
slowest - AO with RG
than-Wimby 2nd week and RG at hot sunny day
fastest- US open and Wimby 1st week
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It's all about the type of ball used.
Then Roland Garros is faster than Rotterdam.
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Wimbledon - Fastest surface and the balls still get hit pretty hard on serves.
US Open - Medium speed surface with fast balls. Serving not quite as dominant but the groundstrokes get hit pretty hard due to lighter balls
French Open - Medium-Slow speed with fast balls. Similar to US Open but the surface is slightly slower.
Australian Open- Medium speed surface with heavier balls. Balls tend to stay low to but is pretty slow due to heavy balls. Grainy surface.
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Grass is the fastest surface. Anyone who has a clue about tennis knows it.

Wimbledon, USO, AO, FO.
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Surface? That's easy, grass is far faster than any hard court, and clay is a lot slower. There's not actually a great deal of difference between the pace of the Aus and US surfaces (US is a bit quicker, but not outrageously so).



Wimbledon and Aus balls are a lot slower though. Wimbledon is cold and often damp on top of that, which further slows things down.
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http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/...588602916.html
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Re: Ranking of the 4 Grand Slams Surface Speeds

1). Wimbledon
2). US
3). French (With the new balls)
4). Aussie
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(Australian Open is awfully slow, and that's why Rafa has the worst results there, he can't hit through the court so ends up having to retrieve endlessly [see Rafa vs Verdasco 2009]. US Open suits Rafa far more)
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(Australian Open is awfully slow, and that's why Rafa has the worst results there, he can't hit through the court so ends up having to retrieve endlessly [see Rafa vs Verdasco 2009]. US Open suits Rafa far more)
Simply put, Rafa is not suited to HardCourts.
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Simply put, Rafa is not suited to HardCourts.
(Except for US Open where his last 3 results have been SF, SF, W. Even in 2008 when he had that exhausting year, and 2009 when he had the stomach muscle problem, he still made SF and without dropping many sets. He looks unstoppable there now, NYC is his town for the next few years. Also he looked impressive at Indoor World Tour Finals, beat Djokovic, Murray and took the 2nd set from Federer. If he had a bit more energy in that Final he'd have won. So when you consider what he did at the US Open and World Tour Finals last year, well those 2 courts are extremely different hardcourts, yet he did great. And this year he lost the Miami Final in a 3rd set tie-breaker to Djok, and he's never won Miami. Good opportunity in Canada Masters and Cincy Masters this year to pick up big ranking points)
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