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End of week 1 - New AO surface: Your verdict

Rogiman
01-19-2008, 12:18 PM
To me it plays beautifully.
Rebound Ace provided some of the best classics of the last decade or so, and the new surface hold onto that tradition bravely.
Great matches, great pace, great rallies combined with plenty more net approaches. Big serve is a huge advantage, yet Roddick loses what was one of his best serving performances ever.

scarecrows
01-19-2008, 12:20 PM
I already got used to it

I also like the way the ball bounces and the speed of it

MissMelly2U
01-19-2008, 12:21 PM
I love it. It's better for the play and better for the viewing.

Black Adam
01-19-2008, 12:22 PM
Better for viewing. Forces the players to hit through the ball instead of moon-balling :yeah:

anon57
01-19-2008, 12:27 PM
After all the initial worries and reports it would play just like th USO, I think the change in surface has worked out just fine. It does seem to have let to a number of great matches.

Adler
01-19-2008, 12:34 PM
If only these balls were smaller...

Rogiman
01-19-2008, 12:37 PM
More credit to what had already been Tennis' best organized event.

Adler
01-19-2008, 12:40 PM
As for the surface, it works pretty well

Apemant
01-19-2008, 12:41 PM
Five stars. Rallies are beautiful, volleys are quite possible, serves CAN work well but more for placement than power... seems fair for everyone. Great switch.

*Viva Chile*
01-19-2008, 12:43 PM
the courts are OK but the balls sucks IMO

Jaap
01-19-2008, 12:46 PM
I like it.

For me, Aus Open is the best grand slam. Best surface, best atmosphere and played at a time of the season when everyone is at their peak and it usually produces so many classics.

luzkoz
01-19-2008, 12:49 PM
I like the court and its colour :D

Rogiman
01-19-2008, 12:52 PM
I like it.

For me, Aus Open is the best grand slam. Best surface, best atmosphere and played at a time of the season when everyone is at their peak and it usually produces so many classics.Agree with all of the above (well, perhaps some players are not at their peak so early in the season).

Action Jackson
01-19-2008, 12:59 PM
Ok, but there still a lot of things that need to be sorted out.

Rogiman
01-19-2008, 03:10 PM
BTW the court plays much fater, that much is for sure (note the amount of aces - in 2006 I think 90 for the whole tournament was the most for the men :rolleyes: ).

I, for one, am happy about that :)

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 03:21 PM
It sucks.

But I've pretty much accepted it.

Kolya
01-19-2008, 03:26 PM
Nothing special.

Halba
01-19-2008, 05:27 PM
plays pretty slow. there have been some VERY long matches. nadal would love this surface, fed definitely not(10-8 vs world no. 48 in the fifth)

R.Federer
01-19-2008, 05:32 PM
It appears to be playing faster already than it did the last few days.

maf
01-19-2008, 05:52 PM
I think it's great. It's pretty fast ( no Fed going five sets does mean it's slow :retard: ) , the bounce is very nice ( not high ), it seems to resist heat ( no complaints so far ). I've really enjoyed what I've seen, a pretty high number of winners but not at the expense of nice rallies, and some net play. Great stuff.

ReturnWinner
01-19-2008, 06:35 PM
its pretty good because players are not affected by the heat very much all the opposite happened with rebound ace, and its not that bad for the body.

ReturnWinner
01-19-2008, 06:37 PM
yes I agree this is likely the slams with the best matches and Wimbledon is the worst of course

World Beater
01-19-2008, 06:41 PM
:lol: at the ppl saying this surface is slow.

when hewitt his hitting bh dtl winners and literally crunching fh's off second serves, you know the surface is medium - fast relative to the rest of the tour.

hewitt was one of the biggest critics / whiners about the surface, and he seems relatively satisfied.

i like the surface. Its very fair.

scoobs
01-19-2008, 06:42 PM
Seems fine to me.

Far too much has been made of this surface change. The only thing I find noticeable is the lower bounce.

ReturnWinner
01-19-2008, 06:45 PM
:lol: at the ppl saying this surface is slow.

when hewitt his hitting bh dtl winners and literally crunching fh's off second serves, you know the surface is medium - fast relative to the rest of the tour.

hewitt was one of the biggest critics / whiners about the surface, and he seems relatively satisfied.

i like the surface. Its very fair.

yes I agree,this surface is faster than rebound ace and as you say if it was that slow then Hewitt would keep whinning all over again :o

besides you can not that in how Tipsarevic was punishing federe

HeretiC
01-19-2008, 06:56 PM
Judging by the matches so far and players performance definitely a positive switch from Rebound Ace.

safinalium
01-19-2008, 08:12 PM
I like it but this is from viewer's perspective. I guess that it must take some time for the players to get used to it since they've played so many years on different courts.

Merton
01-19-2008, 08:15 PM
It seems like Miami to me but for some reason the slice serve is really effective on this surface, hence the high number of aces.

BodyServe
01-19-2008, 08:36 PM
After the first two days,i thought the pace of the court was about the same as Wimbledon and AO 2007,but now it seems to be slightly faster than them.

FitDave
01-19-2008, 08:51 PM
Don't like it at all, what's next? Pink Wimbledon?

bandabou
01-19-2008, 08:52 PM
The surface is a winner...so many great matches already. And it plays neutral. Not too fast, not too slow.

ASP0315
01-19-2008, 08:54 PM
the court looks fine to me but the balls do suck though.
the court is so much better than TMS paris last year.(which was basically dead surface. :lol: )

DrJules
01-20-2008, 02:17 AM
It seems like Miami to me but for some reason the slice serve is really effective on this surface, hence the high number of aces.

Lower bounce favours slice serve.

l_mac
01-20-2008, 02:19 AM
Hate it.

:crying2:

Bremen
01-20-2008, 02:20 AM
Don't like it at all, what's next? Pink Wimbledon?

The blue is a bit blinding yes, I think it should be less bright.

dylan24
01-20-2008, 02:23 AM
blue clay

DDrago2
01-20-2008, 02:29 AM
New blue color is ugly! :tears:

They should have kept the green

It now looks like any other tournament

Action Jackson
01-20-2008, 04:26 AM
The surface is a winner...so many great matches already. And it plays neutral. Not too fast, not too slow.

No such thing as a neutral surface.

Voo de Mar
01-20-2008, 04:30 AM
I love the new surface :)

KaxMisha
01-20-2008, 04:31 AM
plays pretty slow. there have been some VERY long matches. nadal would love this surface, fed definitely not(10-8 vs world no. 48 in the fifth)

The key thing for both Federer and Nadal (Federer especially) is bounce rather than speed. Federer want it low, whereas Nadal wants it high. Federer loves the very slow, low bouncing Hamburg clay. I cringe every time I read comments along the lines of slow --> Federer will struggle or slow --> good for Nadal. There is much more to a surface than speed! A low bouncing, slow hard court is definitely better news for Federer than for Nadal. This surface is at least as fast as the old one was, and the bounce is definitely much lower.

maf
01-20-2008, 05:41 AM
The key thing for both Federer and Nadal (Federer especially) is bounce rather than speed. Federer want it low, whereas Nadal wants it high. Federer loves the very slow, low bouncing Hamburg clay. I cringe every time I read comments along the lines of slow --> Federer will struggle or slow --> good for Nadal. There is much more to a surface than speed! A low bouncing, slow hard court is definitely better news for Federer than for Nadal. This surface is at least as fast as the old one was, and the bounce is definitely much lower.

I agree but I think that if the main argument is " omg fed taken to 5 sets, the surface must be slow, atp favors nadal !!", you shouldn't expect objective analysis..