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After 16 years it's time for Tennis Australia to replace Rebound Ace with...

any surface! Anything but Rebound Ace would be fine with me. I've ssen every Australian Open on ESPN since 1988 the year Rebound Ace made it's debut at the then brand new Flinders Park. It's been 16 years of foot and ankle injuries that were a direct result of the sticky and dangerous Rebound Ace surface. Foot and ankle injuries just don't happen at the other 3 grand slams at the rate they due in Australia. And I'm tired of numerous Rebound Ace injuries ever year. It's depressing. And it's bad for tennis. I don't understand why the ITF, ATP Tour and WTA Tour put up with it. I would prefer that Tennis Australia switch to a North American hardcourt surface. Or even a grass court. But one thing for sure. Rebound Ace has run it's couse. But does Tennis Australia and the powers that be in tennis realize that?

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Re: After 16 years it's time for Tennis Australia to replace Rebound Ace with...

You're right, the cat, there are an awful lot of ankle injuries on this surface.

But I find it interesting that one of the arguments for using rebound ace is that it reduces injuries because you don't slip, especially when it is wet. And the "rebound" part of it is supposed to be easier on the joints than a harder surface.

But it does seem like the surface hurts more than it helps, considering all the injuries we see every year.
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the players need to make a stink. they need to say "we are getting hurt, this has to end"....

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MisterQ, what was supposed to happen with Rebound Ace in terms of preventing injuries has completely backfired. I'll never forget the 1990 Australian open where Gabriela Sabatina and Stefan Edberg suffered Rebound Ace caused injuries and couldn't perform at their best. In fact Edberg got hurt at the end of his semifinal win over Mats Wilander and had to withdraw well into the men's final when he was playing well. Being an Edberg fan that bothered me for so long.

You're right, bunk. But for some reason the players aren't saying much. Maybe they are making too much money to really care. All I know is when I watch a match from Oz I often wonder when a player's foot is going to stick on the court and cause an injury. It nearly happened to Venus Williams tonight. And that would have been a disaster for the Australian Open and Tennis Australia.

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Well... if players get injured they can't play, and for 99.5% of the players (aka except for the ones with big sponsor contracts) they don't make ANY money if they can't play. So they should care, they should care bigtime. I forget which of the commentators it was but either Pam Shriver or Mary-Jo was furious after Venus almost rolled over her ankle. I mean it's just ridiculous - Kim, Justine (though she seems ok now), Carlos, Hewitt (also ok now)... and the list just keeps going on. It's nuts and it's enough top players that they should be making a stink!

I mean it just seems stupid to keep playing on the surface... it's not like there are no other surfaces to use, or it's not like they couldn't develop something that isn't as sticky but that still "rebounds" and is easier on the joints.

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I doubt Andre would like them changing the surface. If they did it would be a different kind of hardcourt. Not Grass. Only Wimbledon will be played on Grass. Although we need more tourneys playedon grass.
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Why can't it be carpet (or does that have to be indoors)? There isn't a slam on carpet so why not change it to that?
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Maybe they can put carpet outdoor too.It is just hard to dry a carpet.Wet carpet isn't dangerous.So why not.
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Rebound Ace is made of people...it's made of people!!!!!



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The surface is just too dangerous for players. They all should at least be smart enough to wear ankle braces or have their ankles taped though.

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bunk, it was Pam Shriver who sounded off on Rebound Ace after Venus tweaked her ankle. And we could hear the anger and passion in Pam's voice about the dangers of Rebound Ace.

I agree with Shy and Dirk about an outdoor carpet. But I don't know if it's possible to have an outdoor carpet. But it should be looked into.

LOL @ Fee!

1j2001, players should have their ankles taped and braced. Especially since they know the dangerous of the very sticky Rebound Ace courts. Venus Williams ankles were not taped and it nearly cost her a major injury.

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Carpet should be banned as a surface!!

Yeah.... Every player should take precautions. Lleyton had on braces in Perth and he said it saved him an injury.

As I understand it, Rebound Ace is only tacky and sticky when it is very hot.... and of course it is very hot in January in Melbourne.
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I think Australia should have the same surface as The Lipton or Indian Wells.

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Re: After 16 years it's time for Tennis Australia to replace Rebound Ace with...

What is the problem with carpet??

I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

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