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Best of 3 sets.

Medium pace hard court.

Green court.

September 7.

SLIGHTLY worn lines, but still recently resurfaced. Within the last week.

Korbach Germany, BUT, played on eastern standard time.

11:00 PM easter standard time.

Medium to high fencing, depending on your individual perception of height and value judgment of what is tall or short.

Exactly 1,733 spectators. Men outnumber women by 100 in the stands.

SLIGHT scent of fried food in the air. VERY SLIGHT. Just a hint of salt. One of those scents where you know it's there, but you don't really experience it until you physically force yourself to sniff.

Still winds. HINT of a breeze between games 3-4 of the first set.

Slazenger balls. Same as the ones at Wimbledon. Only one tube. When those wear out, the balls are switched to Penn balls, and played with until the end of the match.

Little to no air traffic.

Polite yet enthusiastic crowd.

No hats allowed.

ONE bench. Shared.

4 waters each.

Who wins?
 

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It all comes down to the one bench. Sampras and his aura will be too much on that bench.
 

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The bench is the key to the calculus of it all, we are in agreement.

BUT, if the bench were to be German made, perhaps it would hinder Sampras? Perhaps there would be an inherent bias engrained in the wood? Food for thought.
 

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The bench is the key to the calculus of it all, we are in agreement.

BUT, if the bench were to be German made, perhaps it would hinder Sampras? Perhaps there would be an inherent bias engrained in the wood? Food for thought.
True I had not considered that. What type of wood is it? Could make a huge difference.
 
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