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Question Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

I always wonder that among the four Grand Slams, they have one on clay, one on grass but why two on hard courts, when they could well have come up with maybe another surface for either one of the hard court US, or AO.

I recently read there is a carpet surface in Basel. They could well have had a carpet as a grand slam, no?
That would make four different surfaces. That'd be interesting.

Another thing is, is there any real difference in cemented surfaces of the US and AO circuits

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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

there's a HUGE diff between AUS Open and US Open courts.
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they should play the AO on sand

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there's a HUGE diff between AUS Open and US Open courts.
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Difference in what? Both are hard courts! Cement...isn't it. Except for the fact that one's blue and the other's green.

Is there a difference in bounce, speed? Is one wood and the other cement? I dont get the difference. Enlighten...

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They should play on sand lol, ...in a seperate island.

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Difference in what? Both are hard courts! Cement...isn't it. Except for the fact that one's blue and the other's green.

Is there a difference in bounce, speed? Is one wood and the other cement? I dont get the difference. Enlighten...
Yes, there is a difference in speed. As far as I know the US Open is faster than the AO (I've read this in some articles).
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Difference in what? Both are hard courts! Cement...isn't it. Except for the fact that one's blue and the other's green.

Is there a difference in bounce, speed? Is one wood and the other cement? I dont get the difference. Enlighten...
The Rebound Ace courts of the AO are made from old recycled tires. So the court is rubbery, bounces much higher than the USO, and is significantly slower. For all intents and purposes, they play very differently. You can see it while watching the tennis. Kick serves are quite effective at the AO, it's harder to serve-volley there, etc. the USO is a very fast hartcourt with a pretty low bounce.

So technically they are both "hard court," I don't think they could really get much more different.

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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

I agree... i think there should some time be a grand slam in Asia on Carpet

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Steel Courts. They can melt down old cars and make a shiny metal surface.

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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

What's the surface they use in Paris? I think it's a good surface for a Grand Slam. What do you think?

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I agree... i think there should some time be a grand slam in Asia on Carpet
Carpet is used indoors, and you can't have an indoors Grand Slam for obvious reasons.

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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

what's the difference of greenset surface(Madrid), Indoor Carpet(Paris), and Taraflex(TMC-Shanghai)?

what surface has the fastest/slowest ball speed?
what surface has highest/lowest bounce?
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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

Taraflex = carpet indoor. Paris has taraflex. Minsk's ice rink has taraflex. Basel has taraflex. The fastest surface available on the regular tour.

Greenset is Madrid's surface. A slower kind of synthetic surface, designed to help the Spaniards in Madrid, as it's pretty slow.
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Re: Why not four different slam surfaces...Enlighten me, no?

Actually, there's a great surface that I like to refer to as "milk carton crate". It's transparent and snaps together in blocks. It looks and feels just like the old plastic crates that used to be used to carry around milk cartons.

The surface is typically used as a low budget, maintenance free alternative to traditional hard, or black-top courts that tend to crack. Don't let the description fool you, they're really a great alternative for a fourth slam surface.

Forget the fact that with any drop of rain, or even hint of humidity, you'd go sprawling like a drunken sailor on a sheet of ice. Nevermind that once you fall you'd be chewed up like a Jack Bauer interrogation witness. This surface would add a lot of spice to the game.
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AO should be quicksand

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