Aussie open was always going to be more bouncy anyways regardless of the ball they used... lively balls typically equate to those that are lighter and travel through the air faster and typically help servers and power players the most like a del potro.
Dont think this helps nadal bc it will make retrieving harder and they sped up the aussie courts another 5-10% again this year plus they are adding faster balls. Not sure if the 5-10% speed bump is with the new balls or just the court surface alone.
Not too suprising bc the tournament supervisor or head is one of the biggest proponents of speeding up the courts as he did last year and was saying he would keep doing it every year. He was ecstatic with the response from shanghai speeding up the courts as well.
Expect a faster australian open at baseline with the court alone being at least last years speed or a touch (5-10%) faster. Then add the lighter, faster balls.
Should also add this year may be one of the hotter ones in some time.
hope to see some exciting offensive tennis for once.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know the AO organizers were so keen on speeding up the courts. I prefer med-fast and fast courts too. However, if they take it too far, the courts might end up playing exactly like the USO courts (not a positive as it reduces the diversity IMO).
The increase in the court speed will definitely help Delpo, Fed and probably Andy too. Between Rafa and Nole, I personally think it'd favor Rafa more as Nole is the biggest (and best) retriever on HC on the ATP tour. Rafa has previously mentioned that he gets more purchase for his shots on slightly faster surfaces with consistent bounce (I guess he means med-fast not really fast and low-bouncing). If the rumors are all true, 2014's conditions might me ideal for him to put up a good fight against Plexicushionovic