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Question about Carpet...

I've been wondering for ages. Please someone explain this to me.

1. What is carpet surface like? I just cannot differentiate it from hardcourt indoors. Which tournaments on the ATP [and WTA] tour are held on it, other than TMS Paris?
2. How to play well on it?
3. How does the ball bounce on it?
4. Who's considered a carpet specialist, if any?
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Re: Question about Carpet...

Well I don't know what the actual surface is like since I've never been on a carpet court.

I can tell you the tournaments that are played on carpet: Lyon, Moscow, Basel, and TMS Paris.

I don't think anyone is a "specialist" on carpet since there is only 4 tournaments a year on it, but I do think Marat Safin plays really well on carpet - he has won TMS Paris twice and been in the final another time
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Re: Question about Carpet...

Enqvist used to be sort of a carpet specialist.

Sampras was Carpet King.
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Sampras was Carpet King.
Are you referring to his chest?
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Re: Question about Carpet...



You consistently crack me up.
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LMFAO MisterQ!!! I am continuously impressed by how fast your mind works lol

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Re: Question about Carpet...

well it's true!!!

and back to carpet. I think it's pretty fast - hence why grass players like Henman, Federer, Roddick, Sampras, tend to play pretty well on it. But I wouldn't really know lol

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Re: Question about Carpet...

Carpet is lighting fast, and I believe also doesn't give so much of a bounce.
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Carpet is a very fast surface, much like grass, except that it's usually (if not always) played indoors. Other than the players already mentioned, Canadians like Nestor, Lareau, Dancevic, etc also like carpet because it suits their game well.
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Re: Question about Carpet...

Carpet courts are similar to indoor hard-courts, except that the ball slows down more after the bounce because of the friction produced. The result is something similar to a grass court, with quicker play than clay, yet slower than hard-courts. A lot of grass players, like 'bunk18bsb' was saying, play well on Carpet because it's essentially like a grass court, only indoor. Most carpet surfaces are actually modeled after grass surfaces, but manufactured to reduce friction between shoe and surface. The carpet itself is really tough and thin and it's a bit like 'astro turf' used in football stadiums. Carpet is hardly ever used outdoors. It's produced in large rolls and then stretched thin and tightly across a concrete or cement foundation.

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Re: Question about Carpet...

On the women's side, Davenport is pretty awesome on carpet.
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The players who play well on the fast surfaces play well on carpet in general. It helps the server that the ball doesn't bounce as high and court speed being lightening fast.

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Re: Question about Carpet...

It's very fast and are cushioned mats are laid over wooden floors to create the carpet surface.

Becker was one of the best players ever on Carpet.
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Re: Question about Carpet...

surely Mats Wilander must have been handy on carpet
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