Shanghai masters surface ?

10-09-2011, 06:13 AM
How fast or slow is it ?

10-09-2011, 06:15 AM
Quite slow.

10-09-2011, 08:01 AM
DecoColor - pretty slow for a hard court. Specifically, quite a high bounce.

That's if they haven't changed anything. It is oddly slow for the type of surface (compare with Washington for example, the same name of surface but much quicker).

Li Ching Yuen
10-09-2011, 08:10 AM
They've resurfaced this year. It should be medium.

It's very well known that last year it was one of the slowest courts on tour.

alter ego
10-09-2011, 08:10 AM
Purple clay.

10-09-2011, 08:18 AM
They've resurfaced this year. It should be medium.

Thanks - resurfaced or rebuilt? A court like this would normally be resurfaced every year.

Action Jackson
10-09-2011, 08:27 AM
They resurface the courts every year.

Li Ching Yuen
10-09-2011, 11:20 AM
Federer actually bitched about it to the organizers last year (and not just then) and I've heard that the officials sent him back some info (during the USO) telling him that they've resurfaced and tested the speed of the court to what it should have been from the start.

10-09-2011, 01:07 PM
Obviously not to his liking...;)

Li Ching Yuen
10-09-2011, 04:52 PM
Given the kind of draw Federer is in Asia, I would imagine some people had their heads cut off after last years' debacle.

Federer would've skipped it anyway but I guess it does plant a seed of doubt in the organizer's mind.

Li Ching Yuen
10-09-2011, 06:24 PM
Early reports are claiming that the main court is a tad faster then the outer courts and that there's a possibility of rain throughout the week so chances to see some indoor matches.

There are a few matches tomorrow that will give us some good insight on how the conditions are like.

10-09-2011, 06:28 PM
Do you really expect a fast hc these days? Fast surfaces are dead.

10-09-2011, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the updates, Li.

Only comment I've seen is Bellucci saying it was slower than Beijing. That's pretty telling, cos Bellucci actually played an evening match in Beijing (13/14C, 85%+ humidity). Not sure how much to put in that though, he's not exactly a typical hard courter - with him what appears fast is likely more about bounce than the speed.

10-09-2011, 06:33 PM
slower than ass

Li Ching Yuen
10-09-2011, 06:38 PM
Last year was more of a once in lifetime thing. It was literally tar.
So no matter what they've done it's hard to think this is going to be the same all over again.

10-09-2011, 06:47 PM
Flo Mayer also said that the courts in Shanghai suit him more than in Beijing, and we all know he's better on slow HC than fast HC.

Li Ching Yuen
10-10-2011, 06:18 AM
Just heard Goodall claim that the court is slower than any of the 500's last week but still decent enough to reward a big serve.

Nalbandian even hitting a few aces.

10-10-2011, 12:42 PM
slower than ass
:stupid: Surface is fast. Are you watching the matches?