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Controversy has already sprung up concerning the decision to change surfaces. Much of the controversy stems from the fact that the plexicushion surface is very similar to DecoTurf, the surface currently used at another Grand Slam, the U.S. Open. Rebound Ace Spokesman Paul Bull has stated that "we had an Australian icon event with a unique Australian product and now we are just going to become a clone of the US Open." [1]

"It's just the US Open surface under a different name, so we will become a clone of the US Open. Same horse, different jockey," said Bull. "This is really just a hard court - it will be exactly the same for all practical purposes. In four or five years...the cushioning disappears because you can't maintain it using this system." [2]

The main distinction between Rebound Ace and Plexicushion is that balls on Rebound Ace bounce slighter higher and slower. Some believe that the U.S. hardcourts are faster or of a similar speed to grass courts[3] whereas Rebound Ace is undoubtably slower.
:worship: Couldn't agree more.
 

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i dont care :) i would like for it to be faster. though of course it is a good point.
 

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Now all slams are on fast surfaces except for Roland Garros. This really isn't good for the game and Rebound Ace bridged the gap between red clay and decoturf, ultimately they've just taken even more variety out of the slams and the game.
 

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Actually Wimbledon is pretty slow now too...but it would be nice if they could have a surface that would be different from the USO's court without posing injury problems for the players.
 

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The guy complaining in Jimnik's quote works for Rebound Ace, so of course he'll be unhappy with the change. Have any of the players said that the surfaces are too similar? My impression is that many players were happy to get rid of Rebound Ace because of the injury/heat retention problem and weren't too concerned about what replaces it, much less how much it resembles DecoTurf II. And can't they just make Plexicushion faster by manipulating the top dressing, just as they do with DecoTurf?
 

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I would have preferred fast clay. This is an all right change, although I am bothered by the comment that it's a clone of the New York hard court. The Aussie had a bit of an identity with the rebound ace at least - now I'm not sure what we've got down under.

But I'm all for more fast hardcourts. I can't stand watching Indian Wells and Miami anymore with those ridiculous bounces. Switch one of those to clay at least so that the bounces are somewhat justified.
 

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Oh, and advantage Federer.
 

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Faster clay at the French Open, slower grass at Wimbledon, and now a faster hardcourt at the Australian Open, almost similar to surface used at Flushing Meadows. The variety between the different surfaces continues to diminish. What an utter disgrace and complete joke.
 

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But I'm all for more fast hardcourts. I can't stand watching Indian Wells and Miami anymore with those ridiculous bounces. Switch one of those to clay at least so that the bounces are somewhat justified.
Yes, that really makes a lot of sense. Do you really believe that going straight from a hardcourt to clay the next week or vice versa, is a good idea? That seems pretty dumb to me.
 

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Faster clay at the French Open, slower grass at Wimbledon, and now a faster hardcourt at the Australian Open, almost similar to surface used at Flushing Meadows. The variety between the different surfaces continues to diminish. What an utter disgrace and complete joke.
I agree with you, but what are we going to do?
 

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The AO crowd will always be different.

This surface thing has been done to death so many times and the only way we will know is what happens in January.
 

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Now all slams are on fast surfaces except for Roland Garros.
On the contrary.

None of them is played on a fast surface, it just happens the AO's surface will not be as slow.
 

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On the contrary.

None of them is played on a fast surface, it just happens the AO's surface will not be as slow.
The grass has been slowed down, but this does not mean it's not a fast surface.
 

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Maybe a clone, but the better one.
Because: it has some roofs.

The surface is already same, the hc thing.
Rebound ace and decoturf are hardly similar, and that's essentially what they're replacing it with. But as GWH said, we'll have to wait until January to know for sure.
 

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Well, it is not.
3 of the Slams are played on surfaces that favour faster court players, this has been the way since the US Open pissed off the green clay and went to the hardcourt and it hasn't changed that much to suggest otherwise.
 

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i wish they didnt slow down wimbledon, they should have just let everything like it was in the ninetees, i dont like changes. this one maybe good tho as they have made it faster and not slower
 
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