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Ranking of the 4 Grand Slams Surface Speeds

FerrerAndNadal
06-20-2011, 06:41 PM
With all the talk about speed of court and slowing down some, speeding up others. Where do you stand on which is fastest, slowest... For me it's

1. Us Open
2. Wimbledon
3. Australian Open
4. French Open

hipolymer
06-20-2011, 06:52 PM
It's all about the type of ball used.

FerrerAndNadal
06-20-2011, 06:58 PM
It's all about the type of ball used.

Good point.

Australian:???
French: Light (Now)
Wimby: Heavy
US: Light

Action Jackson
06-20-2011, 07:02 PM
The ITF have a rating system for this.

FerrerAndNadal
06-20-2011, 07:06 PM
The ITF have a rating system for this.

Link?

romismak
06-20-2011, 10:46 PM
It can´t be said this is fastest, this is slowest. It depends on weather and which balls they use. I think right now it is pretty similar- the fastest GS is not much faster then slowest GS i think. Fastest is probably US open - light balls- faster balls and faster HC-for nowadays HC, generally US open´s Decoturf is slower than used to be. French open is probably after Madrid 2nd fastest clay tournament- from big events i mean, maybe some 250 clay event is faster. With this year´s new balls on sunny hot day RG could be very fast i think. Wimbledon generally slowed down 2 or 3x times, heavy balls and in 2nd week also grass is slower, because of too much matches on it. AO- medium to slow HC - depends from weather so generally i from slowest to fastest:
slowest - AO with RG
than-Wimby 2nd week and RG at hot sunny day
fastest- US open and Wimby 1st week

guga2120
06-20-2011, 10:53 PM
It's all about the type of ball used.

Then Roland Garros is faster than Rotterdam.;)

Topspin Forehand
06-20-2011, 11:38 PM
Wimbledon - Fastest surface and the balls still get hit pretty hard on serves.
US Open - Medium speed surface with fast balls. Serving not quite as dominant but the groundstrokes get hit pretty hard due to lighter balls
French Open - Medium-Slow speed with fast balls. Similar to US Open but the surface is slightly slower.
Australian Open- Medium speed surface with heavier balls. Balls tend to stay low to but is pretty slow due to heavy balls. Grainy surface.

zlaja777
06-21-2011, 12:49 AM
Grass is the fastest surface. Anyone who has a clue about tennis knows it.

Wimbledon, USO, AO, FO.

philosophicalarf
06-21-2011, 01:41 AM
Surface? That's easy, grass is far faster than any hard court, and clay is a lot slower. There's not actually a great deal of difference between the pace of the Aus and US surfaces (US is a bit quicker, but not outrageously so).



Wimbledon and Aus balls are a lot slower though. Wimbledon is cold and often damp on top of that, which further slows things down.

Agrajag
06-21-2011, 09:45 AM
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2011-06-20/201106201308588602916.html

GOAT = Fed
06-21-2011, 11:12 AM
1). Wimbledon
2). US
3). French (With the new balls)
4). Aussie

BULLZ1LLA
06-21-2011, 11:18 AM
(Australian Open is awfully slow, and that's why Rafa has the worst results there, he can't hit through the court so ends up having to retrieve endlessly [see Rafa vs Verdasco 2009]. US Open suits Rafa far more)

GOAT = Fed
06-21-2011, 11:23 AM
(Australian Open is awfully slow, and that's why Rafa has the worst results there, he can't hit through the court so ends up having to retrieve endlessly [see Rafa vs Verdasco 2009]. US Open suits Rafa far more)

Simply put, Rafa is not suited to HardCourts.

BULLZ1LLA
06-21-2011, 11:34 AM
Simply put, Rafa is not suited to HardCourts.

(Except for US Open where his last 3 results have been SF, SF, W. Even in 2008 when he had that exhausting year, and 2009 when he had the stomach muscle problem, he still made SF and without dropping many sets. He looks unstoppable there now, NYC is his town for the next few years. Also he looked impressive at Indoor World Tour Finals, beat Djokovic, Murray and took the 2nd set from Federer. If he had a bit more energy in that Final he'd have won. So when you consider what he did at the US Open and World Tour Finals last year, well those 2 courts are extremely different hardcourts, yet he did great. And this year he lost the Miami Final in a 3rd set tie-breaker to Djok, and he's never won Miami. Good opportunity in Canada Masters and Cincy Masters this year to pick up big ranking points)

Chase Visa
06-21-2011, 12:32 PM
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
French Open

ftr, Rafa hasn't done much on hard courts in his career. It is true he does get tired, but he won't do much there IMO.

TheRafaelNadal
06-21-2011, 01:05 PM
Rafa doesn't struggle on Hard courts that much, it's just other players are much better on them, Nadal has only lost to Murray twice, DelPotro and Ferrer on HC in HC slams that he has played in the last 3 years...and on 2 occasions he was injured.

Start da Game
06-21-2011, 01:31 PM
1. wimbledon - fastest

2. american open - fast

3. french open - fast

4. australian open - fast

they are all played on fast surfaces these days, french open is basically a dry red hardcourt with lighter balls flying and skidding off the ground, it's slightly faster than even the australian open.......in the past, rebound ace used to be slow to med fast at best and french open used to be dead slow to fast depending on the conditions.......wimbledon and american open used to be lightening fast......

90s: two slow slams and two fast slams

today: all fast slams

romismak
06-21-2011, 02:54 PM
1. wimbledon - fastest

2. american open - fast

3. french open - fast

4. australian open - fast

they are all played on fast surfaces these days, french open is basically a dry red hardcourt with lighter balls flying and skidding off the ground, it's slightly faster than even the australian open.......in the past, rebound ace used to be slow to med fast at best and french open used to be dead slow to fast depending on the conditions.......wimbledon and american open used to be lightening fast......

90s: two slow slams and two fast slams

today: all fast slams

IF you want to put all 4 in same group than all 4 medium but not fast, Wimbledon is so much slower than used to be.

Johnny Groove
06-21-2011, 03:01 PM
If they all used he same balls, it would be:

Wimbledon
USO
AO
RG

As it should be.

samanosuke
06-21-2011, 03:13 PM
US Open( probably just till this year )
RG this year
Wimbledon
AO