does slowing down courts decrease chances of young prodigies?

01-30-2012, 11:30 PM
I am relatively a Newbie in Tennis, well I have watched it for years but not at the level where I would look into it as deeply as people on forums until recently. I am the type of person that enjoys seeing young prodigies make it into the big leagues of their respect sport and make a semi impact. While reading the thread on how badly the current crops of juniors are doing and about how slowing down the courts make it more physically demanding, I came to the thought that the fact that courts are so demanding now it makes it near impossible for young players, maybe someone at the age of what Nadal was like 17 or around that to actually challenge for GS as they simply cannot compete physically with the current top players.

01-30-2012, 11:40 PM
It is near impossible for young players!! Only one player who turned 18 last year won single ATP match, and that was against old Thomas Muster

01-30-2012, 11:52 PM
Dmitrov outplayed top 10 Almagro for 3 or 4 sets at the Australian Open, but the slow courts and extreme heat of the US Open cause him to run out of gas in the 5th.

Uncle Latso
01-31-2012, 07:14 PM
Actually it decreases their chances big time.

The slower it goes, the more physical strength, endurance and experience you need.

01-31-2012, 07:26 PM
It's not so much their playing style that is hindered as the physicality of the tour gets to them and they can't break through. Since they can't break through and get a higher seed, it gets tougher and tougher.

The young guns need time to build muscles and their endurance. They're not given that time because of the slowness of the courts which makes the game very demanding in a physical aspect.

01-31-2012, 09:20 PM
Grigor needs to step up now. He is turning 21 this year. Gone are the days of freaks like Nadal and Becker performing at a young age. 21 is the ideal age to make a move. Physically and mentally a sportsman should be ready for the big time around 21-22. The ATP and ITF are not helping the young players and are not protecting the health of players by slowing the courts down and making the game too physical. Over the last few years youngsters have crashed and burned, few have made an impact and things look bleak talent wise.

01-31-2012, 09:25 PM
The big servers, Raonic and Harrison would be much more succesful on faster courts. Dimitrov serves pretty big too.
In Tomic's case, I'm not sure. I think he is able to play really well on slow courts (AO) and bit faster ones too.

01-31-2012, 09:31 PM
No it depends on the player. If the player is a high quality player, he/she can adapt to any situation at any time.

01-31-2012, 09:45 PM
No it depends on the player. If the player is a high quality player, he/she can adapt to any situation at any time.

Tennis is now more than just about tennis. Fitness is hugely important now. Some people are just freaks of nature, Nadal for example. If a player is talented but runs out of gas easily then they are pretty much screwed, example Djokovic and Murray. These 2 have worked on their fitness over the years and have thus rose up the rankings. Young players do not have the stamina to guts it out for hour after hour. Gone are the days of cheap points on serve for most, it is now about bruising rally after bruising rally.