Roddick's Serve on Clay.. did it really pummell the ball into the ground?

12-09-2005, 09:54 PM
There's a question that that's been bothering me for quite some time: Here in the States, there's a POWERADE commercial which showed Roddick serving on clay. After it hit the ground, both of the players were bewildered because no one knew where the ball was. Ultimately they showed that the ball was hit so hard that it was pummelled into the ground and never left.

Did this really ever happen? I feel so dumb for not knowing lol.. im typically not this gullable, but I just saw another POWERADE commercial where there's a big-wave surfer riding a wave produced by a hurricane. it turns out that that was actually true, so it got me thinkin' about the Roddick incident.

12-09-2005, 09:56 PM
I seem to remember another thread like this well over a year ago, where the myth was quickly dispelled and then the thread went off on all sorts of weird Roddick-related tangents. So, I think not, but my memory could be at fault here.

12-09-2005, 09:56 PM
It often happens to Andy on clay.

12-09-2005, 09:56 PM
Think it's fake.

12-09-2005, 09:59 PM
He would have won RG twice by now if that was true.

12-09-2005, 10:01 PM
i'd heard it was "real" but like special clay or whatever was used so that it would sink into it. But I don't really know. Fun commercial, though.

lol sjengster, he haunts threads that weren't even supposed to be about him so of course a thread actually about him would digress ;)

12-09-2005, 10:04 PM
Are you sure it was clay and not sinking sand :lol: :lol: :lol:

12-09-2005, 10:07 PM
Hahaha, I love that commercial. But its exactly that, a commercial. Its not real. I remember reading it a while back.I too had the same question, it looked awfully fake.

12-09-2005, 11:40 PM
He wins Houston because of it.

12-10-2005, 12:09 AM
It's fake- a staged event for a commmercial- Its not possible for someone to hit the ball hard enough to stick into the ground, or else it would have happened by now ( many overheads are often hit at well over 150)

12-10-2005, 09:30 AM
It's clearly a fake , since the physical laws can't be violated .

If the ground was made of a lot of non-wet beach sand ( without receiving no special treatment ) instead of being made of clay, then it would be possible , although obviously it would be impossible to play a tennis match on it, just it would be possible to serve and the ball couldn't bounce two times , so it wouldn't be a tennis match.

12-10-2005, 09:42 AM
maybe on 'french court' gravel... no hard underground but a sort of syntethic grass :confused: