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Why do play days start and end earlier in clay than hard/grass?

minhngoc
04-19-2007, 03:54 PM
At Roland Garros the day usually starts at 10-11am and rarely ends past 8pm, while at AO or USO, the match can carry out past midnight.

Is lighting the reason? And why is that a reason?

<I'm a newbie so don't blame me if you think the qn is stupid>

AsianSensation
04-19-2007, 03:55 PM
AO and USO have lights

leng jai
04-19-2007, 04:02 PM
The Australian Open has feature matches that start at 7:30 every night. Good for tennis as this is prime time and a lot of people are interested in tennis here (but only in january....ask anyone here outside of january and they're like "whats a tennis?").

Deboogle!.
04-19-2007, 04:32 PM
they can't play on grass after the sun goes down because of the dew that collects on grass - it would be very dangerous.

Plus, other clay tournaments play much later into the night, but for whatever reason Monte Carlo does not have night matches. Some of the South American tournaments have their feature night match at like 9-10pm.

NyGeL
04-19-2007, 04:33 PM
they have artificial light. But tennis at Paris ends around 10pm when the sun goes down.

Also, aren't AO and USO hotter than FO?

leng jai
04-19-2007, 04:35 PM
I'm pretty sure AO is like Hawaii.

Saumon
04-19-2007, 05:29 PM
they have artificial light. But tennis at Paris ends around 10pm when the sun goes down.

more 8-9pm and once the sun starts going down it's really cold on the Chatrier court.