Re: "Speed up the courts" thread
Wimbledon and US Open are getting slower, tertible. Where are attacking players gonna go to earn points? Mardy was so correct but lets forget about the big players at the moment. Players coming through and those which have just established themselves who are attacking minded will have no chance to earn points if all the top level surfaces are slower than tar rolling on a subtle incline. The ATP are developing a playing style amongst all youth players now which, if continues to go this way will just result in one type of player: Baseliner with double handed backhand. Nothing will be unique, it will basically come down to who can last longer, e.g. Aussie Open final. It's very exciting every now and then to see a marathon iron man match. But for the sake of variety, flare, beauty and above all the health of ALL tennis players, they HAVE to speed up a good portion of the hardcourts and the Grass. It does no one favours running back and forth for hours on end. It's destroying careers, and probably ending ones before they have even begun. It's good to have a mix, slow hard courts are great but so are fast, ATP surely realise that tennis fans go beyond the people they get through the gate?
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