I'm so against about slowering the courts! Wy we wouldn't have two slower courts and two faster courts in GS's. There is FO and AO( i think it should be more slower, this new surface is faster then the old one right?) and on the other side Wimbledon and US Open. It would be so fun to watch different surfaces.
I just wanna ask, why is grass on Wimbledon every year slower and slower?
Myth......the grass became gradually slower in a period of two or three years. The same grasscourt where Roger lost last week....is the same grasscourt where he won 5 in a row.
The game has become bigger and bigger, blame racket technology if you want but players today can rip the ball off both wings over 100 mph. In the 90s for example; Pete serve was around 130 mph.....today 130 mph is nothing because almost every player on tour can hit that mark!
Watch Sampras vs Goran final and then watch Roger vs Nadal final (any of them) and you will understand WHY Wimbledon officials had to change the grasscourt.
Still, if you go out there and step on the court to hit a few balls....you will soon understand Grass is still Grass....just like Sampras said!
But why is slower, is the type of grass different or what? I can unterstand why the officials had to change the grasscourt but I still think that players can play with the old speed with new rackets
The ground under thee grass change for once, to eliminate bad bounces which were too frequents, sometimes deciding the outcomes of matches. That's why SnV was a necessity.....they couldn't afford to let the ball hit the ground during thr second week.
Now you have a "truer" bounce....similar to hardcourts but still with the element of grass which is unpredictable. The grass itself was mix with another kind (don't remember the name) in order to conservate the grasscourts....go and watch the 90s and you will see just after a couple of days the grass was GONE on the path to the net...creating HAVOC on the game. Now this mix last longer.....because this grass is stronger it has the by product of slowering the ball but not enough to take away the quality of grasscourt tennis!
Technology make it easier to stay back and rip winners.....SnV is a risky proposition, it always has been.
I think if you change the grass back to the 90s which mean lessening the quality of the court itself...you will players like Karlovic for example who have no skills whatsoever being a threat to win it. Now, is almost impossible to return his serve.....imagine old slick grass with a bad bouncing court! Impossible!