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View Poll Results: Is it time for all the slams to install retractable rooves?
No, none of them should 22 10.53%
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Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable roofs over Centre Courts?

It doesn't seem to make any sense that the only slam which has a roof is the Australian Open, where it never rains. The only delays they get in Melbourne are due to overwhelming heat.

In fairness to Roland Garros, it rarely rains in Paris but there still seem to be more delays than in Australia. Wimbledon is due to launch a new roof on Centre Court in 2007 (off course in England that usually means around 2010). The US Open doesn't have any plans, do they?

Why is it that small tournaments like Halle and Tokyo can afford this luxury while the much richer Grand Slams can't? Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows are the biggest money making tennis tournaments in the world and the US are always so concerned about their TV schedules.

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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

This question is a no-brainer. I don't even have to think to say yes.

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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

The Casablanca Tennis Club is currently raising funds for a roof as well, this is a good idea.

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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

They are going to have a roof in Dubai.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

I think roofs would be an excellent idea. Tradionalists will argue against them, but there's no reason not to install them. Tennis needs to modernize. Rain delays are just another reason many people can't be bothered to become tennis fans. The Wimbledon final is the highlight of the year, and sometimes it has to be put on hold for hours. That's ridiculous.
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

It comes in handy in Melbourne, giving us a bit of refuge from the extreme heat.

Not that the fans take advantage of this...even when Jarkko IS playing
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The Wimbledon final is the highlight of the year.
Speak for yourself with that comment. Oh and it only rains at Wimbledon.

Not every fan or player in the world thinks that this is the highlight of the tennis year, then again I am not surprised you'd say this.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

I don't agree with you guys!

Indoors conditions are totally different to outdoors!

IMO it can be an advantage to some players. Remeber the safin-hrbaty match at the AO. I don't think marat would've beaten hrbaty so badly in outdoors conditions!
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

The roof at the Australian Open allowed for the classic 2001 QF match between Hingis and Serena. The storm outside just added to the drama of that unbelieveable match.

Also, it's spelled "roofs".

P.S. I'm looking forward to the first person who says "It's called the Open because it's supposed to be an outdoor court."
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

what are "rooves"?
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Speak for yourself with that comment. Oh and it only rains at Wimbledon.

Not every fan or player in the world thinks that this is the highlight of the tennis year, then again I am not surprised you'd say this.
Don't be such a fucking pretentious asshole. The Wimbledon final is not the highlight of my year ... I'm saying it's the final of the Championships. It's the highlight of the tennis year in terms of the media and non-tennis fans. It's the final of what is recognized by most as the world's most prestegious tournament.
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

always good to have options, so yeah having roofs will be good idea i think.

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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

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Don't be such a fucking pretentious asshole. The Wimbledon final is not the highlight of my year ... I'm saying it's the final of the Championships. It's the highlight of the tennis year in terms of the media and non-tennis fans. It's the final of what is recognized by most as the world's most prestegious tournament.
You come out and say Wimbledon is the highlight of the year? The Wimbledon final is the highlight of the year is your exact comment.

Stop trying to suggest something that is a subjective view as fact. To people in Latin America, Spain and other parts of the world consider Roland Garros more important and don't give a crap about Wimbledon and this goes vice versa.

If you got your head out of your arse once in a while, then you would realise there is more to the tennis world than the English speaking media. It's an international fan base and not a monolingual one.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Should ALL Grand Slams have retractable rooves over Centre Courts?

God, you are such a douche bag. I lived in South America, and I know that clay court tennis is more popular there. I don't need a lecture from some bitter old loser.

Wimbledon is not the highlight of my year; however, it is the Championships ... Roland Garros is not.
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