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Question about Carpet...

monicain
12-15-2003, 01:43 PM
I've been wondering for ages. :confused: :confused: Please someone explain this to me.

1. What is carpet surface like? I just cannot differentiate it from hardcourt indoors. Which tournaments on the ATP [and WTA] tour are held on it, other than TMS Paris?
2. How to play well on it?
3. How does the ball bounce on it?
4. Who's considered a carpet specialist, if any?

tall_one
12-15-2003, 06:01 PM
Well I don't know what the actual surface is like since I've never been on a carpet court.

I can tell you the tournaments that are played on carpet: Lyon, Moscow, Basel, and TMS Paris.

I don't think anyone is a "specialist" on carpet since there is only 4 tournaments a year on it, but I do think Marat Safin plays really well on carpet - he has won TMS Paris twice and been in the final another time

star
12-15-2003, 06:11 PM
Enqvist used to be sort of a carpet specialist. :sad:

Sampras was Carpet King.

MisterQ
12-15-2003, 06:19 PM
Sampras was Carpet King.

Are you referring to his chest?

star
12-15-2003, 06:23 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

You consistently crack me up.

Deboogle!.
12-15-2003, 06:40 PM
LMFAO MisterQ!!! I am continuously impressed by how fast your mind works lol

MisterQ
12-15-2003, 06:44 PM
aw, stop it!

*embarassed*

Deboogle!.
12-15-2003, 06:52 PM
well it's true!!!

and back to carpet. I think it's pretty fast - hence why grass players like Henman, Federer, Roddick, Sampras, tend to play pretty well on it. But I wouldn't really know lol

star
12-15-2003, 06:56 PM
Carpet is lighting fast, and I believe also doesn't give so much of a bounce.

Yonge
12-15-2003, 06:59 PM
Carpet is a very fast surface, much like grass, except that it's usually (if not always) played indoors. Other than the players already mentioned, Canadians like Nestor, Lareau, Dancevic, etc also like carpet because it suits their game well.

tripthemighty
12-15-2003, 06:59 PM
Carpet courts are similar to indoor hard-courts, except that the ball slows down more after the bounce because of the friction produced. The result is something similar to a grass court, with quicker play than clay, yet slower than hard-courts. A lot of grass players, like 'bunk18bsb' was saying, play well on Carpet because it's essentially like a grass court, only indoor. Most carpet surfaces are actually modeled after grass surfaces, but manufactured to reduce friction between shoe and surface. The carpet itself is really tough and thin and it's a bit like 'astro turf' used in football stadiums. Carpet is hardly ever used outdoors. It's produced in large rolls and then stretched thin and tightly across a concrete or cement foundation.

MisterQ
12-15-2003, 07:08 PM
On the women's side, Davenport is pretty awesome on carpet.

J. Corwin
12-15-2003, 07:25 PM
The players who play well on the fast surfaces play well on carpet in general. It helps the server that the ball doesn't bounce as high and court speed being lightening fast.

Action Jackson
12-16-2003, 08:01 AM
It's very fast and are cushioned mats are laid over wooden floors to create the carpet surface.

Becker was one of the best players ever on Carpet.

WyverN
12-16-2003, 11:41 AM
surely Mats Wilander must have been handy on carpet

ktwtennis
12-17-2003, 12:28 AM
surely Mats Wilander must have been handy on carpetlol!

I was quite surprised to see how Lleyton was fairly successful on carpet...

Action Jackson
12-17-2003, 04:57 AM
Originaly Posted by WyverN
surely Mats Wilander must have been handy on carpet

Wilander won Brussels twice on carpet beating the great Australian Brod Dyke and McEnroe. Well at the time there were much better players on carpet.

He won 33 tournaments
19 on clay
10 Hardcourt
2 Grass
2 Carpet

Actually Sergi Bruguera was a star on carpet as well, then again Muster beat Sampras on carpet.

TennisLurker
12-17-2003, 05:05 AM
Corretxa and Kuerten won the masters on carpet I think (maybe I am wrong and it was played on indoors hardcourts), the grandslam cup was played on carpet Iif Ii recall correctly.

Action Jackson
12-17-2003, 05:37 AM
Yes, Lurker you are correct the Grand Slam Cup was played on carpet.

WyverN
12-17-2003, 07:11 AM
Wilander won Brussels twice on carpet beating the great Australian Brod Dyke and McEnroe. Well at the time there were much better players on carpet.

He won 33 tournaments
19 on clay
10 Hardcourt
2 Grass
2 Carpet


Trust you to be thick enough to
interpret my message literally :rolleyes:

Action Jackson
12-17-2003, 08:07 AM
Originally Posted by WyverN
Trust you to be thick enough to interpret my message literally


Congrats Mensa you supreme being, you have once again filled my heart with unbridled joy I got the reaction that I was looking for, so thank you very much. :clap2: :clap2:

WyverN
12-17-2003, 09:24 AM
Congrats Mensa you supreme being, you have once again filled my heart with unbridled joy I got the reaction that I was looking for, so thank you very much. :clap2: :clap2:

lol.....now you try to cover it up as I thought you would

Action Jackson
12-17-2003, 10:20 AM
Posted by WyverN
lol.....now you try to cover it up as I thought you would


Believe what you want guru. Of course it couldn't have occurred to you that I might have played along to have fun with the highly esteemed member of the Mensa society? Ah! I forgot when I made the comment about Karsten Braasch being the third best ever German player, I might have been serious, then again maybe not.

Then again for someone who has called me liar and has accused me of having my mouth around another mans genitals. I'm very disappointed with your effort on this occassion.

Btw, I believe Kent Carlsson was the greatest player never to win Wimbledon.

joske
12-17-2003, 10:48 AM
Are you referring to his chest?

HAHAHAHA oh sorry I just read this for the first time... brilliant remark!!
:haha: