Grass - the most "mental" of all surfaces..

07-02-2007, 04:02 PM
With all odd bounces and weather breaks, it comes much more than on other surfaces to who is mentally tougher..

Do you really think that the matches Tursunov-Haas, Ferrero-Blake, Tipsarevic-Gonzalez went with whose game is better equipped for grass? They all seem to go with who has nerve cells inside their scull as opposite to having some squash paste in there instead..

07-02-2007, 04:19 PM
I don't think any of those guys are really 'equipped' for grass. In each case the better baseliner won.

07-02-2007, 04:21 PM
I don't think any of those guys are really 'equipped' for grass. In each case the better baseliner won.

What is "better baseliner"? Is Ferrero a better baseliner than Blake, say, on hardcourts?

07-02-2007, 04:27 PM
I'm just saying that these matches are played from the baseline. So naturally the one who plays better baseline tennis on the day will win the match.

07-02-2007, 04:30 PM
I will say that I am enjoying grass court tennis now, probably my favorite surface. And this is from someone who used to love clay. But the clay court fields are too boring and matches are generally one sided and predictable. Unless we're talking about Roger, anyone can beat anyone on this surface.

07-09-2011, 11:06 PM
The most mental surface is Clay

07-10-2011, 12:43 AM
"Mental" :lol:

07-10-2011, 12:48 AM
Well the serve is more effective on grass. Which means that it's less likely that you'll break back, therefore each break point is more important than on any other surface. So in that sense, yeah there are more pressure points on grass so the more mentally tough player should have more of an advantage.

07-10-2011, 01:08 AM
There's hardly any time to prepare for grass events too. There are months of clay tournaments played from the time AO ends to the time RG ends (and even several clay events after Wimbledon...) that it's easy to warm up for the Masters and the French Open for a long period of time. Wimbledon doesn't have that. There are two prep events you can play and most top players only play the first week so they don't tire themselves out for Wimbledon.

07-10-2011, 02:23 PM
The most mental surface is Clay

I agree. Most players are not at their best on grass today, because they play on grass less than a month throughout the year. Therefore, there are many more good clay and hard court players.

Filo V.
07-10-2011, 02:38 PM
Slow clay is still the most mental surface.

07-10-2011, 03:25 PM
I'll say yes it's grass. On clay you have room for some lapses and mental errors and still recover. If you're playing good grass court player one mental mistake can cost you a set.

07-10-2011, 03:49 PM
Playing the pressure points well and coping with scoreline pressure is most useful on grass. On the other hand, keeping concentration over the course of long rallies and long matches is most useful on clay. It happens that both of these skills come under what many people call the 'mental' aspect of the game. In reality they are hugely different skills.

07-10-2011, 04:11 PM
Novak digested the grass well. Literally.