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Are courts getting faster?

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ARE COURTS GETTING FASTER?
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The court speed at the Australian Open this year was faster than ever, which raises an interesting point. We know that those Sampras vs. Ivanisevic and Becker vs. Edberg serving contests at Wimbledon and elsewhere during the late 1980s and into the 1990s led to a backlash, with promoters worldwide scrambling to slow courts down. They feared that the public would lose interest in one-dimensional, serve-and-volley or error-based tennis, as was summed up by that immortal headline heralding a Sampras win in one London Tabloid: “It’s Samprasszzzzzzzz. . .”

But just as the courts were dramatically slowed, they can also be made quicker again—and not just to keep Roger Federer, everyone’s favorite tennis superhero, flush and happy. Four- and five-hour baseline marathons may not be any more appealing to the broad constituency of fans the game is always trying to attract than were those 90-minute rock fights.

Given that the faster courts Down Under still produced a few marathons, but on the whole encouraged a more exciting, aggressive brand of tennis, it seems entirely possible that last year’s five-hour plus final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be remembered as the tipping point in a gradual trend back toward faster courts. Personally, I think it would be great step, based on the shot-making we just recently watched.



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LOLno

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Re: Are courts getting faster?

This year Australian Open was fast. That's the reason why Djokovic lost a set to Berdych, got pushed by Wawrinka, and destroyed David Ferrer, and why Federer lost to Murray.

I don't like Nadal.
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the courts were 10% faster than last year but with the low temperatures of the end of the tournament (except for one day : the day of the Djokovic-Ferrer SF), it was very slow conditions like last years.

"faster than ever"

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Stats I have suggest this was the fastest AO of the last five (as an average of all matches, across all courts). That corresponds with what a dozen+ players said, so not too surprising.

Certainly though, the latter round night matches were dog slow - 18C weather does that, you could play on ice and it wouldn't look quick. Also RLA looked slower, but can't prove that, not enough matches.

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Stats I have suggest this was the fastest AO of the last five
yes "the last 5 years" usually is called "ever"/"all times" in modern journalistic language
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yes "the last 5 years" usually is called "ever"/"all times" in modern journalistic language
Oh yeah, I took that as a given :-)

Kinda pointless comparing more than a few years anyway. Equipment changes, style changes, and the balls are slower.
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false.
it's in fact the effect of nadal's absence and 20 seconds rule. it's all in the eye(mind) of the beholder...

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They're too fast now. Proof: the servebot AO final.
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embarrassing article

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The other day I did a comparison of the last 3 years and it's visible enough with the naked eye. This year's AO was the fastest among them.
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No.

The outside courts were playing noticeably faster, but the Rod Laver Arena was slower than ever, so it was even more preverse.

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They're too fast now. Proof: the servebot AO final.
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No.

The outside courts were playing noticeably faster, but the Rod Laver Arena was slower than ever, so it was even more preverse.
no, from QF, it was only because of the cold temperature except for the Djoko-Ferrer match which was played under hot temperature.
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Re: Are courts getting faster?

Murray did more than 20 aces vs. Fed. I think we got our answer...

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