Darren Cahill was saying how Rafa likes these new balls. Brad Gilbert also explained how the balls stay soft but jump ... Do you think that's the reason Nole and Roger are both struggling but Rafa who is a dirt baller extraordinaire loves these balls? How slow are the conditions that nobody seems to be able to hit through the courts. It seems much worse than last year. Any thoughts?
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When there is rain or very cloudy then the courts are heavy which makes sense due to the natural surface. Harder to hit through the court when the air is heavier, but less bounce and the balls absorb the moisture and clay from heavy courts. Yes, Babolat still make the balls, but they aren't as lively as last year. It's very simple weather conditions are the biggest factor in how clay plays on any given day.
Nadal prefers when it's warmer cause the ball jumps even higher as the court bakes and takes higher bounce. Doesn't matter fast clay, slow clay, light ball or heavy balls he gets it done.
Got an experiment get a tennis ball put a bit water on it and one not, drop them from the same height, easy to tell which one bounces higher.
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