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Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

I live in Melbourne, Australia and on the News tonight it was talked about how the new CEO of Tennis Australia wants to make the Rebound Ace surface of the Australian Open slightly faster in the face of much criticism from players *notably Lleyton Hewitt* about the court.

The Australian Open is also going to be the second Grand Slam tournament to officially use the Hawk Eye technology which will be installed on Rod Laver Arena.

I think the fact that the court speed may be a little faster favours Federer to defend his title and weakens Nadal's lock on the 2007 Australian Open.
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I love the hawkeye prospect, and also the prize money in total has be raised to $20 000 000. But why the hell are they mucking around with the court speed. Screw Lleyton Hewitt, tennis doesn't revolve around him.

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Hmmm Australia's traditional surface is grass.

I think the court should be faster, I think they tried too much to accomodate everybody else and not Australian players like the other countries do their home players no?
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Maybe it will be done for Hewitt but surely the outcome of changing court speed will end up making a big difference for Roger and Rafa.

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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

Hewitt's bitching has got somewhere.

Funniest is when he made the final, it was allegedly at its slowest. Just hope it's a cool summer and then Hewitt will whine about the balls.

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Faster surface in Australia? That's good for Croats!


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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

news release on website here: http://www.australianopen.com/pages/...40&HandlerId=1

no mention of changing court speed on record, of course
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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

I think that some of the journalists haven't listened to the tournament director well enough.

On the one hand, you have:
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Hewitt scores an early win at Australian Open

Andrew Ramsey
October 03, 2006
LLEYTON Hewitt has scored an early victory in his attempt to win his first Australian Open title next January.

Organisers of the grand slam event today conceded that the court speed in the opening week of last year's tournament was slower than desired, and that steps would be taken to ensure that was rectified next year.

Hewitt has been an outspoken critic of the slow court speed and the 'tacky' playing surface at Melbourne Park in recent years.

The former Wimbledon and US Open winner has made the final of his home grand slam just once, in 2005 when he was beaten in four sets by Russia's Marat Safin.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said yesterday that he was committed to ensuring all courts played at a uniform speed throughout the two-week tournament that starts on January 16.

But he was at pains to point out that the complaints from Hewitt and his entourage about the sluggish pace had not influenced the decision to resurface all of Melbourne Park's courts next month.

"The perception was certainly that during the first week (last year) courts were slower than the second week,'' Tiley said yesterday. "Our objective, from day one, is to have uniformity and consistency throughout the tournament."

Total prize-money for the event has increased five per cent to $20 million, with the singles winners each to pocket $1.28 million.
Source: The Australian

But on the other hand, new tournament director G. Tiley seemed to have said that there will be no change of speed. They are just trying to work on consistency and such things.

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He (Tiley) said there would be no change to the speed of the courts despite criticism from home hope Lleyton Hewitt before the 2006 tournament that the slower pace of the surface did not suit his game.

"We've had ongoing discussions with Lleyton Hewitt's management team on a variety of different subjects but again the event we are delivering is an international event, and we will uphold that integrity," Tiley said.

"According to the International Tennis Federation, we fit into the category of a medium to a medium-fast court," he said.

"Our objective from day one is to have uniformity and consistency throughout the tournament," said Tiley, adding that all outside courts would be resurfaced in November.
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http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...9860780421S163


The Australian Open is an international event, like Tiley says. As much as I like Hewitt, it's a bit much to urge them to change the speed to help the home players.
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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

Hawk-eye only on RLA? I have long been a fan of 'all or nothing'...

I only caught the last few seconds of the Aus Open 2007 info on Toyota World Sports. Did they mention that new rule they're implementing where they are only allowing Australian citizens to enter?
Other requirements include:
-Must not be the nations hero.
-Must have at least one parent attending each match.
-Must have a limited catch-cry.
-Modest support group, with uniforms, to detract from allegedly large package.
Or...did I spill the beans? Oops. That press release must be for tomorrow.

All smartass remarks aside, I doubt the changes or 'improvements' would be purely for Hewitt, and I pity Tiley if it was. Personally, should my Closet-Hewitt-Love be peaking in January 2007, I will most definitely enjoy seeing him crash and burn on a more ideal surface. [Probably after beating half of the people I support?!]

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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

Yeah, some of the media has been confusing. But I think what they are trying to say is that during the first week of the AO the courts were slower than during the second week, and they will change it to the somewhat faster second week speed.
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Yeah, some of the media has been confusing. But I think what they are trying to say is that during the first week of the AO the courts were slower than during the second week, and they will change it to the somewhat faster second week speed.
What caused it to be slower one week from the next that they could actually control/change?

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I think that some of the journalists haven't listened to the tournament director well enough.

On the one hand, you have:

Source: The Australian

But on the other hand, new tournament director G. Tiley seemed to have said that there will be no change of speed. They are just trying to work on consistency and such things.


http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...9860780421S163


The Australian Open is an international event, like Tiley says. As much as I like Hewitt, it's a bit much to urge them to change the speed to help the home players.
Have any other players complained about the surface?

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What caused it to be slower one week from the next that they could actually control/change?
exaclty, sounds like a weather issue, and I'm sure God's busy with other things besides changing the humidity to help out lleyton(unless he's got serious connections). And if all the courts are slower, or faster, everyone is still affected by it.

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Hewitt's bitching has got somewhere.

Funniest is when he made the final, it was allegedly at its slowest. Just hope it's a cool summer and then Hewitt will whine about the balls.
Unfortunately they're predicting one of the hottest summers ever here. But Lleyton will still find something to whine about, I'm sure of it.

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Re: Changes to 2007 Australian Open.

I heard they were just focusing on court consistancy, as other people have pointed out. ie some people last yr were saying that RLA was slower then the outside courts (or the other way around).

This years ad is really lame, it makes the US open 'road trip' ads look fabulous.
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