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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-20-2006, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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What makes the court speeds differ?

What makes the speed of courts change? I have heard many different explanations and I expect that they all bear some truth. The opinions I have heard so far probably make a difference but there is a huge difference between clay and hard or hard and grass or clay and carpet. etc...

Thank you very much in advance to anyone who helps me. Oh, and I'd like it to be a fairly detailed answer if possible.

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Re: What makes the court speeds differ?

Smoothness of the surface is a big factor. Smoother it is, less friction there is between ball and the court and less speed the ball will lose upon impact. One year, they painted Melbourne courts to make them smooth & fast, to help Aussies (Scud, mostly). Of course, that year Agassi won, beating Sampras on the way

Also, height of the bounce has impact on gameplay. It is not necessarily tied to court speed - clay courts have lower bounce than most hardcourts, yet are usually considered "slower".
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Re: What makes the court speeds differ?

This old article has a nice explanation:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tenn...nt/4615144.stm


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Re: What makes the court speeds differ?

Thank you both so much.

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