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Australian Open turning blue!

Matchu
10-02-2007, 04:50 AM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=3437

I personally think it looks very cool, looks like the old Australian Open in the 90's.

aussie_fan
10-02-2007, 04:54 AM
There was no need to change the colour, I loved the look of the Aussie Open this year, stupid TA.

Mr.Gasquet
10-02-2007, 04:55 AM
Omg, that looks awesome.

I can't wait till this GS starts.

Sjengster
10-02-2007, 04:55 AM
So in the space of less than three years, we've gone from three green Slams to just one - I suppose that'll do something to maintain Wimbledon's unique qualities. Interesting point about the difference in colour tone between court and the surrounding area, that probably is quite a good idea, although I don't like the look of that blue personally.

Peta Pan
10-02-2007, 05:05 AM
I don't really care what colour the surface is, but I do like the blue and I like the idea of two tones :yeah:

kobulingam
10-02-2007, 05:12 AM
There was no need to change the colour, I loved the look of the Aussie Open this year, stupid TA.

You like not being able to see the tennis balls?

Fee
10-02-2007, 05:12 AM
Looks like the court used for San Jose.

CyBorg
10-02-2007, 05:13 AM
I said orange, but they didn't listen...

switz
10-02-2007, 05:14 AM
not so good. seems like Tiley just wants to make the Australian Open the same as the US Open.

Marek.
10-02-2007, 05:14 AM
I like the color but I will miss the green a bit.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 05:16 AM
Purple, orange, puce or lilac would be better. At least for the TV viewers the tennis balls should be easier to see.

Now lets see how fast these arseholes make the courts now.

Mr.Gasquet
10-02-2007, 05:19 AM
not so good. seems like Tiley just wants to make the Australian Open the same as the US Open.

Its nothing like the US Open.

Fee
10-02-2007, 06:01 AM
Yikes! The most recent version of San Jose was more like ping pong in some ways. I'm sure they will slow that down a bit for next year.

trixtah
10-02-2007, 06:07 AM
Looks beautiful. I like it--can't wait until the AO. Hopefully the only thing they fuck around with is the color not drastic changes in the speed to complement.

Horatio Caine
10-02-2007, 07:41 AM
Why?!!!

I liked it as it was. :awww: A nice, warm, yellowy colour.

KitinovRules
10-02-2007, 07:53 AM
The blue colour reminds me a bit of the beggining of 90's, where Ford was the main sponsor.
However this blue is more TV audience friendly.

And BTW, I think that this year the surface will be quite fast!

megadeth
10-02-2007, 07:54 AM
i wonder if kooyong will follow suit... especially on the new plexicushion surface...

stacy25
10-02-2007, 08:00 AM
It looks fantastic. Can't wait to see it properly.. hurry up January

VolandriFan
10-02-2007, 08:02 AM
They should've made it red or orange, but I guess not in the heat?

Anyhow, I hope it's not too fast. Rebound ace was always middle ground in terms of speed, and the change sounds like it came down to the whining of a certain Australian player.

krystlel
10-02-2007, 08:12 AM
It looks really nice. I don't think the court speed will be much faster than this year, but it probably won't react to spin as well.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 08:15 AM
It looks really nice. I don't think the court speed will be much faster than this year, but it probably won't react to spin as well.

It will be a lot faster, cause little Lleyton wants it like that and we know Tiley will bow to his wishes.

scoobs
10-02-2007, 08:28 AM
Looks good.

I hope it's not significantly faster than before, though.

Saumon
10-02-2007, 08:45 AM
Bercy will change from mauve to green and blue (or blue and green) as well. I was kind of used to the mauve. :awww:

ginnylegend
10-02-2007, 08:56 AM
Please, please will the tennis authorities stop destroying the game I love. I think I'm seriously losing interest in tennis now because people like these organisers and de Villiers are just ruining it. I liked the green but now the courts are blue like the USO and will also be sped up to USO speed (no more REb ACE). Tennis is dying.

gusman890
10-02-2007, 09:37 AM
looks like the 04 Athens court.

aussie_fan
10-02-2007, 09:40 AM
You like not being able to see the tennis balls?

I didn't have any problem watching with the green courts, you could see the tennis balls just fine. :confused:

LeChuck
10-02-2007, 09:42 AM
The courts look nice, but I will be livid if the speed of the new surface is similar to that of the decoturf at Flushing Meadows. We need variety between the different grand slam surfaces.

Ferrero Forever
10-02-2007, 09:42 AM
I love the look of the court, but I'm hoping that it will be changed to give my favourites a better chance at getting into the later rounds (I seriously doubt it though.) No matter how nice the colour of the court is, it doesn't compete with how nice it would be to see JC play many more matches at the Aus Open where I can watch him live.

trixtah
10-02-2007, 09:44 AM
Please, please will the tennis authorities stop destroying the game I love. I think I'm seriously losing interest in tennis now because people like these organisers and de Villiers are just ruining it. I liked the green but now the courts are blue like the USO and will also be sped up to USO speed (no more REb ACE). Tennis is dying.

WTF? Bitten by the ignorance of the GlennMirnyi bug? Tennis is dying? The AO surface will neither be using the same material as the USO nor will it be sped up to the same speed. Once again, it looks really great--I like watching on blue courts rather than on the green they had.

ginnylegend
10-02-2007, 09:47 AM
It's being sped up for loser Lleyton. There won't be any middle ground between RG and Wim/USO anymore.

Jimnik
10-02-2007, 09:52 AM
Whatever. Personally I preferred the old green but if they ruin the surface they might as well ruin the colour too. Hewitt's wish is Tiley's commmand.

ChrisHan
10-02-2007, 09:54 AM
Cool blue, I think. Simple as that!:cool:

Yappa
10-02-2007, 10:38 AM
I didn't have any problem watching with the green courts, you could see the tennis balls just fine. :confused:

Same here. I never read about anyone complaining that he/she can't see the ball properly. Never had any problems. This is no Monte Carlo. Variety is nice, so I'll miss the green color.

scoobs
10-02-2007, 10:40 AM
Same here. I never read about anyone complaining that he/she can't see the ball properly. Never had any problems. This is no Monte Carlo. Variety is nice, so I'll miss the green color.
I have had problems - not so much on TV but on copies of matches I've got from a few years ago, in a couple of them, the quality looks okay but the ball literally seems to disappear between the two service line portions of the court. Maybe they were just poor rips of the matches but I for one will be glad of a higher contrast colour scheme.

nobama
10-02-2007, 11:11 AM
How does Plexicushion compare to what's used at the US Open? I know Indian Wells uses Plexipave (surface used over asphalt and concrete) and that's considered one of the slower hard courts. Plexicushion has rubber cushioning that supposedly reduces stress on the players legs/ankles/feet.

mineralwater
10-02-2007, 11:13 AM
As long as I can see the yellow balls I dont care what colour the court is. Blue is more pleasing on the eye though, but the green was soothing....However I think the 4 slams need to keep their own identity, especially the 2 hard court ones

nobama
10-02-2007, 11:14 AM
It's being sped up for loser Lleyton. There won't be any middle ground between RG and Wim/USO anymore.Lleyton did quite well on the old surface. I don't think changing the surface speed is going to help him win AO (if that's what they're trying to do).

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 11:19 AM
Lleyton did quite well on the old surface. I don't think changing the surface speed is going to help him win AO (if that's what they're trying to do).

Hewitt has done much better at the US Open, that is common knowledge. Just like his complaining about Rebound Ace was.

leng jai
10-02-2007, 11:35 AM
Too bad he does much worse against Federer on the faster courts.

jitterbug
10-02-2007, 11:39 AM
The official colour has been trademarked by Tennis Australia as "Australian Open True Blue".

It sounds like a new shade of the Maybelline eyeshadow :p

belco
10-02-2007, 11:45 AM
i like the blue but not 2 shades of it :tape:

CmonAussie
10-02-2007, 11:59 AM
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very disappointing><!!

Why do they want to stuff up what`s good & unique about AO???
If they wanted two tones they could have gone with a darker green [for the court] & lighter green around the perimeter!

It`s annoying how this blue court trend began in America a few years ago, spread to all the US hard courts plus USO, then other hard court events in Asia [China, Dubai...] & now the last all green hard court ~~AO is succumbing too#><#

nobama
10-02-2007, 01:01 PM
Hewitt has done much better at the US Open, that is common knowledge. Just like his complaining about Rebound Ace was.That is true. But players have complained about RA for many years now. Not necessarily the speed/bounce but the heat retension and stickiness of the courts. Seems to me that's what they're trying to rectify. IW uses a similar surface made by the same company and that certainly would not be considered a fast surface.

nobama
10-02-2007, 01:02 PM
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very disappointing><!!

Why do they want to stuff up what`s good & unique about AO???
If they wanted two tones they could have gone with a darker green [for the court] & lighter green around the perimeter!

It`s annoying how this blue court trend began in America a few years ago, spread to all the US hard courts plus USO, then other hard court events in Asia [China, Dubai...] & now the last all green hard court ~~AO is succumbing too#><#At least they didn't go with purple, like Miami did.

scoobs
10-02-2007, 01:06 PM
It sounds like a new shade of the Maybelline eyeshadow :p
Well, maybe she's born with it? ;)

jitterbug
10-02-2007, 01:14 PM
Well, maybe she's born with it? ;)

... maybe it's Flexipave! http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/char051.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

rocketassist
10-02-2007, 01:30 PM
Joke. The fluorescent green was luscious!

groundstroke
10-02-2007, 01:32 PM
It looks great.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 01:39 PM
That is true. But players have complained about RA for many years now. Not necessarily the speed/bounce but the heat retension and stickiness of the courts. Seems to me that's what they're trying to rectify. IW uses a similar surface made by the same company and that certainly would not be considered a fast surface.

What they are complaining about for the most part is a bit silly, there are still going to be just as many injuries at the start of the season as there were previously irrespective of surface, cause they haven't given their bodies enough rest from the previous season and lacking matches doesn't help either.

Hewitt has complained about everything, the balls, the speed of the court, the bounce as well.

trixtah
10-02-2007, 01:40 PM
Well, maybe she's born with it? ;)

Drat! Beaten :p

leng jai
10-02-2007, 01:54 PM
What they are complaining about for the most part is a bit silly, there are still going to be just as many injuries at the start of the season as there were previously irrespective of surface, cause they haven't given their bodies enough rest from the previous season and lacking matches doesn't help either.

Hewitt has complained about everything, the balls, the speed of the court, the bounce as well.

We don't call him Captain Complaining for nothing.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 01:57 PM
We don't call him Captain Complaining for nothing.

This is true here is something from the plexicushion propaganda unit.

http://www.plexipave.com/systems/tennis/plexicushion/plexicushion.html

The Plexicushion System combines the consistent bounce, sure footing, and outstanding durability of Plexipave with the innovative shock-absorbing properties of EPDM Rubber cushioning. The result is a sure-footed surface that dynamically responds to body impact and reduces fatigue on player's legs ankles and feet. The multi-layered resiliency lengthens the orthopedic life of players of all ages, from juniors who are just starting to play competitively, to seniors who are enjoying the game in their golden years.
• Increases Health and Longevity for Players of All Ages
• Adjustable Level of Cushioning
• Leading UV Formulation Protects Pigmentation Against Color Fading
• Can be Customized to All ITF Pace Ratings

The Plexicushion substrate, a special blend of latex, rubber and plastic particles, forms a resilient layer that absorbs body shock and reduces muscle fatigue. The 100% acrylic Plexipave Surface provides consistent and uniform bounce, long lasting color, and allows speed of play specification.

Plexipave Sport Surfacing Systems use recycled and post-industrial components in each of the formulations. This manufacturing choice minimizes the exploitation of petroleum and wood resources. The Plexicushion Prestige System (liquid) contains 16.5% of post-industrial or recycled products.

shotgun
10-02-2007, 02:11 PM
I don't mind the colour although I'd have liked to see something different as we already have a blue Slam. But if it's better to see the ball, then I'm all for it. The green was a bit bad in that regard (not Monte Carlo bad though).

t0x
10-02-2007, 03:45 PM
The colour will be much better from a TV viewers perspective.

I doubt the new surface will be THAT much faster, players have been complaining about Rebound Ace so it's a good change

kobulingam
10-02-2007, 04:00 PM
i wonder if kooyong will follow suit... especially on the new plexicushion surface...

Yes it will and so will all the other Australian tournaments.

MatchFederer
10-02-2007, 04:04 PM
The blues are fantastic... I think it looks stunning.

GlennMirnyi
10-02-2007, 05:11 PM
Hope it plays much faster. Otherwise, bring the old stuff back.

Billabong
10-02-2007, 08:46 PM
I'm glad they chose 2 different tones of blue, so it's gonna be different from USO:yeah: I was afraid they would make it exactly like the USO:o But this one is all right:yeah: I'll also miss the all-green one a bit...

alfonsojose
10-02-2007, 08:47 PM
I like it.

Peoples
10-02-2007, 08:56 PM
Like Tiley said, blue.. that is so fresh and contemporary. Green is SO last century.

rofe
10-02-2007, 09:08 PM
Blue is much better on the eyes. :yeah: Now, if only the FO would change to blue clay....:p

neenah
10-02-2007, 09:22 PM
I love blue and blue tennis courts, but the green was beginning to seem very distinctive and AO-like in my mind. I don't mind the change though.

Mechlan
10-02-2007, 09:34 PM
Good choice. Should be much easier to see the ball now hopefully.

Regenbogen
10-02-2007, 09:37 PM
I don't like it. I miss green so badly. :bigcry:

nathalya
10-02-2007, 09:49 PM
i like green. ok bye

freeandlonely
10-02-2007, 09:56 PM
not so good. seems like Tiley just wants to make the Australian Open the same as the US Open.

I feel they try hard to be different to USO
cuz I feel green-blue is better
But I still like that, I don't know you,
all green is kind of hard for me to see.
I like green-purple as well.

LinkMage
10-02-2007, 10:21 PM
We already have enough blue courts. I liked the green at the AO a lot. Such a shame they changed it. I never had any problems seeing the ball, in fact the only tournament I have problems seeing the ball is Monte Carlo where they put the camera so far away it is ridiculous.

I also hope the court plays similarly to Rebound Ace. I don't want another US Open. Each Slam should have a different surface so that each one requires different skills to win.

RagingLamb
10-02-2007, 10:27 PM
hey they could always change it back.

but I personally don't mind it.

schorsch
10-02-2007, 10:30 PM
i prefer it to that ugly green courts. i hope it will be faster, too and the bounces shouldnt be that high as on rebound ace. that would be perfect.

Forehander
10-02-2007, 10:45 PM
well they could have made the surface black if they wanted the players to see better. Can't wait till the australian opens this year and test out the courts.

NYCtennisfan
10-02-2007, 11:01 PM
Looks like an indoor court now. I wonder how it will play? Should be interesting...

nobama
10-02-2007, 11:33 PM
i prefer it to that ugly green courts. i hope it will be faster, too and the bounces shouldnt be that high as on rebound ace. that would be perfect.Then it would be the US Open.

Johnny Groove
10-02-2007, 11:41 PM
well they could have made the surface black if they wanted the players to see better. Can't wait till the australian opens this year and test out the courts.

I dont think the black courts would suit well with the Aussie heat, mate :lol:

Merton
10-03-2007, 12:02 AM
I don't mind blue at all but the AO organizers should somehow differentiate their slam from the US Open, especially now that they move to a hard court surface.

Fedex
10-03-2007, 12:08 AM
Its basically become the second US Open now. Blue courts and a much faster surface. Way to fuck up once again.

mangoes
10-03-2007, 12:19 AM
I'll miss the green, but I think this looks very nice:D

IDJ49
10-03-2007, 12:50 AM
Good, I was nearly blinded during the last AO getting used to all that green.

Mr.Gasquet
10-03-2007, 01:11 AM
More information i have found.

The Hawkeye video line-calling system introduced last year on Rod Laver Arena has been extended to include Vodafone Arena for the 2008 Open.

And total prizemoney has increased seven per cent to $A20.6 million, with the men's and women's singles winners each collecting $A1.37 million.

Good news!

Mr.Gasquet
10-03-2007, 01:16 AM
http://im.rediff.com/sports/2007/oct/02aus.jpg

CmonAussie
10-03-2007, 06:18 AM
Any news on whether or not tournaments like Adelaide/Auckland will move away from Rebound Ace as well (in an effort to "match" the slam)?


Adelaide & Sydney will change for 2008;) ~~still not sure about Auckland:confused:

Adelaide will cease to be in 2009~~ a new tourney [combining men & women] will be played in Brisbane [using the blue plexi surface];)

jitterbug
10-03-2007, 06:59 AM
Press release on the Sydney tournament adopting the new Plexicushion surface here (https://www.clubsonline.com.au/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_listing&OrgID=870&cfid=1452322&cftoken=21735626&dts=310200754427) ;)

nobama
10-03-2007, 11:02 AM
Its basically become the second US Open now. Blue courts and a much faster surface. Way to fuck up once again.much faster surface? What's your source for that?

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 11:07 AM
Its basically become the second US Open now. Blue courts and a much faster surface. Way to fuck up once again.

The crowd will be different and the facilities better, but it's going that way though.

stebs
10-03-2007, 11:31 AM
The crowd will be different and the facilities better, but it's going that way though.

Well you talk about Hewitt complaining and you are doing the same thing with the surface speed. Wait and see how quick it is and then have a moan but nobody knows yet how fast it will be.

leng jai
10-03-2007, 11:31 AM
The crowd will be different and the facilities better, but it's going that way though.

And no J Block.

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 11:34 AM
Well you talk about Hewitt complaining and you are doing the same thing with the surface speed. Wait and see how quick it is and then have a moan but nobody knows yet how fast it will be.

Tiley wasn't hired to keep the status quo was he?

stebs
10-03-2007, 12:34 PM
Tiley wasn't hired to keep the status quo was he?

That's nothing to do with what I said and will it be exactly the same? No. Nevertheless, wait and see what it's like before passing judgement.

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 12:42 PM
That's nothing to do with what I said and will it be exactly the same? No. Nevertheless, wait and see what it's like before passing judgement.

Actually that does. Seems I have to spell it out for you.

Tiley was hired to change things up and he has done that in some ways, unlike McNamee, he has bowed to Hewitt's wishes more than once. Change the surface that has been done, it will be faster cause the Aussie players have been saying it's too slow for ages, so the scepticism is valid especially in light of what he has done so far.

He has to prove me wrong and I doubt he will.

stebs
10-03-2007, 02:45 PM
Actually that does. Seems I have to spell it out for you.

Tiley was hired to change things up and he has done that in some ways, unlike McNamee, he has bowed to Hewitt's wishes more than once. Change the surface that has been done, it will be faster cause the Aussie players have been saying it's too slow for ages, so the scepticism is valid especially in light of what he has done so far.

He has to prove me wrong and I doubt he will.

My point stands and I am not talking about this you seem to misunderstand me. WAIT and SEE, then complain.

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 02:49 PM
My point stands and I am not talking about this you seem to misunderstand me. WAIT and SEE, then complain.

If I am wrong, then I will be the first to admit it.

stebs
10-03-2007, 02:56 PM
If I am wrong, then I will be the first to admit it.

Well I don't care if you are right or wrong I just think you should hold your judgement on the court change until you see what it's like and Mirkaland had a point when she said that the surface is used for IW and that is a lot slower than the USO.

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 03:06 PM
Well I don't care if you are right or wrong I just think you should hold your judgement on the court change until you see what it's like and Mirkaland had a point when she said that the surface is used for IW and that is a lot slower than the USO.

I have given my reasons for why I am sceptical and they are based from what I have seen from the TA bigwigs. Just cause there is a slow court in Indian Wells doesn't mean they are going to have a slow one in Melbourne, when they want to quicken it up.

Round Robin was shit and made my judgement before any event took place, the principle is the same, just the subject matter is different.

rocketassist
10-03-2007, 03:19 PM
I have given my reasons for why I am sceptical and they are based from what I have seen from the TA bigwigs. Just cause there is a slow court in Indian Wells doesn't mean they are going to have a slow one in Melbourne, when they want to quicken it up.

Round Robin was shit and made my judgement before any event took place, the principle is the same, just the subject matter is different.

I agree, now there's no middle ground between RG and Wim/USO. The AO is just going to be in with those two now.

stebs
10-03-2007, 03:20 PM
I have given my reasons for why I am sceptical and they are based from what I have seen from the TA bigwigs. Just cause there is a slow court in Indian Wells doesn't mean they are going to have a slow one in Melbourne, when they want to quicken it up.

Round Robin was shit and made my judgement before any event took place, the principle is the same, just the subject matter is different.

Round robin you knew what you were expecting. You don't know about the courts at the AO and no I am not saying they WILL be like IW but the argument can't go both ways for you it is possible for either to be the case and you need to accept that.

Action Jackson
10-03-2007, 03:21 PM
I agree, now there's no middle ground between RG and Wim/USO. The AO is just going to be in with those two now.

I hope it is in the middle ground, just I am very sceptical.

Adler
10-03-2007, 03:29 PM
Looks really nice, even better than US Open shade of blue

nobama
10-03-2007, 06:45 PM
I have given my reasons for why I am sceptical and they are based from what I have seen from the TA bigwigs. Just cause there is a slow court in Indian Wells doesn't mean they are going to have a slow one in Melbourne, when they want to quicken it up.You're right, but until we actually see play on the courts we won't know what they're like. I have yet to see anything credible from TA that their intention is to change the speed and/or bounce of the courts.

DDrago2
10-03-2007, 07:03 PM
It's a fact that blue gives the best contrast vica-a-verse the ball color but... I find this deep-blue painted courts, that start to totaly dominate the tour, a bit depressing... I mean the court looks somehow smaller, more "closed"...
Why don't they change the color of the ball instead?

DrJules
10-03-2007, 07:06 PM
I agree, now there's no middle ground between RG and Wim/USO. The AO is just going to be in with those two now.

Have you watched Wimbledon over recent years?

The conditions are now slightly above medium paced; different grass and larger lower pressured balls have slowed conditions. Compare 90's with 2000's and you will see what I mean.

The US Open has also been slowed.

Currently RG plays slow medium, AO slightly slower than medium, Wimbledon slightly quicker than medium and US Open medium fast. In the 90's Wimbledon and the US Open were both just about fast although the year masters was played on a significantly faster court in Germany.

LeChuck
10-03-2007, 07:08 PM
In the mid-nineties, the courts at Flushing Meadows were actually mid paced and not fast. They were then speeded up gradually in time before being slowed down slightily this year.

DDrago2
10-03-2007, 07:09 PM
THey are slowing down everything, and still Federer dominates with a huge difference. Imagine how he would dominate if the courts remained equaly fast... :fear:

DrJules
10-03-2007, 07:19 PM
Actually that does. Seems I have to spell it out for you.

Tiley was hired to change things up and he has done that in some ways, unlike McNamee, he has bowed to Hewitt's wishes more than once. Change the surface that has been done, it will be faster cause the Aussie players have been saying it's too slow for ages, so the scepticism is valid especially in light of what he has done so far.

He has to prove me wrong and I doubt he will.

I have noticed that home players at the 4 grand slams mostly seem to complain about courts being too slow rather than too fast:

AO: Hewitt constantly felt AO too slow.
Wimbledon: Henman and Rusedski felt Wimbledon too slow.
Not sure what French and US players felt at their home grand slams.

However, it does seem that home players mostly complain that courts are too slow.

Пока
10-03-2007, 10:45 PM
I miss the green courts along with many others, but this new blue colour is not all bad. On WtaWorld there was an article posted mentioning they are trying to keep the speed and bounce the same as last year. The green was distinctly AO but this new blue court will become AO's trademark too, within a few years of course. I don't think it looks anything like the US Open courts. Once I see it without the roof over I will like it a lot more. Rod Laver Arena looking like an indoor court makes me sick.

Burrow
10-03-2007, 10:57 PM
I liked the look of the australian open before and especially the us open's minty green colour.

And strangely enough I dont have a problem with my eyes and can see the ball ABSOLUTELY fine with the green courts.

krystlel
10-04-2007, 12:13 AM
Thanks. :) Interesting about Adelaide being replaced with a combined event - I wonder if this Brisbane is replacing one of the WTA events as well.
Yeah, the Brisbane event will be replacing the Gold Coast event.

calvinhobbes
10-04-2007, 12:47 AM
As blue doesn´t contain yellow, balls contrast better on blue than on green. I hope the tv performance will be much better.

Richard_from_Cal
10-04-2007, 12:53 AM
I like blue!

Via
10-04-2007, 01:14 AM
Adelaide & Sydney will change for 2008;) ~~still not sure about Auckland:confused:

Adelaide will cease to be in 2009~~ a new tourney [combining men & women] will be played in Brisbane [using the blue plexi surface];)

if other tourneys elsewhere aren't changing their surface just yet, i should feel quite positive about player fields for those two tourneys :D

btw i had a rotten time trying to check out ticketek tickets on sale today... and that time counter made me nervous...

lazyman
10-04-2007, 01:27 AM
i had a bad time with the site to i ran out of time and took like 3min to get back in now im stuck in the uppersection. there good uppersection tickets right in line with the net nearly and in the 4th row of it but still its the upper section does anyone know if i will be able to see anything? i wanna know how bad it is

Via
10-04-2007, 02:24 AM
you can still see ok on the 4th row of the upper section but of course much better on the lower. you mean rod laver right? (maybe you should start a new thread about aussie open tickets, there isn't a forum yet, and not many people will see this thread and give advice!)

lazyman
10-04-2007, 02:36 AM
you can still see ok on the 4th row of the upper section but of course much better on the lower. you mean rod laver right? (maybe you should start a new thread about aussie open tickets, there isn't a forum yet, and not many people will see this thread and give advice!)

well u did thanks for that i cant believe i was like 3min after they came out and im all the way up there i hope i can at least see the ball

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 05:16 AM
THey are slowing down everything, and still Federer dominates with a huge difference. Imagine how he would dominate if the courts remained equaly fast... :fear:

It's not like he doesn't win 3 Slams a year as it is, it would just mean he would win them easier.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 05:35 AM
Round robin you knew what you were expecting. You don't know about the courts at the AO and no I am not saying they WILL be like IW but the argument can't go both ways for you it is possible for either to be the case and you need to accept that.

Like I said I have my reasons for thinking these clowns are going to speed up the surface. As for accepting the argument, what makes you think I don't. If I'm wrong about then so be it, but the facts are everything is pointing to a speeding up of the court and there will be lower bounce more than likely.

Matchu
10-04-2007, 11:56 AM
Well Australia really does need a consistent pace and bounce and the Rebound Ace didn't provide that plus we need a different colour for a new fresh start.

leng jai
10-04-2007, 12:18 PM
What we really need is pink balls.

nobama
10-04-2007, 01:02 PM
Like I said I have my reasons for thinking these clowns are going to speed up the surface. As for accepting the argument, what makes you think I don't. If I'm wrong about then so be it, but the facts are everything is pointing to a speeding up of the court and there will be lower bounce more than likely.Suspicion, not facts.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 01:06 PM
Suspicion, not facts.

Tiley has been making changes to the TA structure like he promised and he said they want a faster surface for the AO. He has no reason to back down from this, has he?

stebs
10-04-2007, 06:18 PM
Like I said I have my reasons for thinking these clowns are going to speed up the surface. As for accepting the argument, what makes you think I don't. If I'm wrong about then so be it, but the facts are everything is pointing to a speeding up of the court and there will be lower bounce more than likely.

Well if you're right then they are playing into the hands of Federer as opposed to Djokovic and Nadal but also they are taking the power away from big hitters and the previous courts were fantastic for a guy like Gonzo as we saw where the ball bounces up high but also there's enough pace for shots to stay hit.

The lower bounce I am pretty sure you are correct but the courts didn't play at snail pace this year and Federer was coming in like crazy all fortnight, far more than he did at either Wimbledon or the USO and I guess it shows that the cause for coming to net isn't always court speed and only court speed.

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 08:00 AM
They're getting 3 challenges plus 1 in the tiebreak :p

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/Open-allows-extra-Hawkeye-challenge/2007/11/13/1194766670215.html

scarecrows
11-13-2007, 10:25 AM
i heard that blue is the favourite colour of the King and they risked not having his presence if they didnt change it

CmonAussie
11-13-2007, 10:30 AM
i heard that blue is the favourite colour of the King and they risked not having his presence if they didnt change it


are you referring to Jesus:angel: :confused:
...
anyway, yeah they consulted FED but they also consulted Hewitt & other players, as well as a survey of fans~ to see which colour was most easy on the eyes [in terms of watching & playing];)

stacy25
11-13-2007, 10:33 AM
I can't wait, only about 8.5 weeks to go now :) The blue court looks fantastic IMO

almouchie
11-13-2007, 10:43 AM
the 2 tones of blue needed to be mucu different
they look irritatingly close
why chose blue for the outside court, instead of a completely different color

CmonAussie
11-13-2007, 10:45 AM
the 2 tones of blue needed to be mucu different
they look irritatingly close
why chose blue for the outside court, instead of a completely different color


because Australians are fair dinkum "true blue" mate:devil:

didadida
11-13-2007, 11:12 AM
i like the colour it is amazing

Action Jackson
11-20-2007, 02:22 AM
Well if you're right then they are playing into the hands of Federer as opposed to Djokovic and Nadal but also they are taking the power away from big hitters and the previous courts were fantastic for a guy like Gonzo as we saw where the ball bounces up high but also there's enough pace for shots to stay hit.

Done for the benefit of Federer and Hewitt and this should prove that the higher ups like I said want a faster surface. Love the science argument that is being used.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/australian-open-court-surface-is-speeding-up/2007/11/19/1195321694990.html

Australian Open Court Surface is speeding up

TENNIS Australia officials believe the new surface for the Australian Open is set to provide a faster, more attractive tournament in January.

The tournament will be played on new blue plexicushion courts, which have replaced the green Rebound Ace courts that were criticised by Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who argued for a faster and more consistent surface.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said Tennis Australia tests have shown that the courts already were faster than the old Rebound Ace courts.

Tiley said the courts would get even faster by January 14, although they would still be slower than Wimbledon and the US Open.

"Our plan has been to be in the medium to medium-fast pace range. On the ITF (International Tennis Federation) scale, that's about 34 to 38, and we're very pleased to be able to tell everyone that scientific testing has got us right smack bang in the middle of that, which is where we want to be," Tiley said.

"It's going to get quite a bit of playing time and environment over a period of time, so we expect them to increase in speed by a couple of points.

"So from a scientific point of view, it has worked out great, and so far the player perception has been great but not everyone has hit on them. So once you've got 500 players hit on them, there'll probably be a range of perceptions, but we know scientifically now that at least we can back ourselves up with these tests."

He said the new surface would be more durable under heat stress than Rebound Ace. The remaining few courts at Melbourne Park will be completed by mid-December.

Jimnik
11-20-2007, 02:35 AM
This Craig Tiley is in the same league as Mr Disney.

TENNIS Australia officials believe the new surface for the Australian Open is set to provide a faster, more attractive tournament :retard: in January.

krystlel
11-20-2007, 02:37 AM
This Craig Tiley is in the same league as Mr Disney.
I thought the same when I read that.

Action Jackson
11-20-2007, 02:44 AM
This Craig Tiley is in the same league as Mr Disney.

Not quite that bad, but he is more of a yes man to Hewitt.

tripb19
11-20-2007, 02:53 AM
Bit late for Hewitt I think.