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Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:14:07 PM »
Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015

The MercedesCup in Stuttgart will become an ATP World Tour grass court tournament from 2015.
 
The tournament’s request to move to a grass court event taking place the week following Roland Garros in the lead up to Wimbledon beginning in 2015 was approved by the ATP Board of Directors at its recent meetings in Miami.
 
With Wimbledon taking place a week later in the calendar from 2015, a three-week gap will be incorporated in the ATP World Tour calendar in between Roland Garros and The Championships, meaning an additional week of tournaments in the lead up to Wimbledon.
 
Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “The ATP is pleased to confirm that the request by the MercedesCup in Stuttgart to move to a grass court event in the week after Roland Garros from 2015 has been approved by the ATP Board of Directors. The MercedesCup in Stuttgart presented an extremely thorough application and we have full confidence that they will deliver a high-level ATP grass court event in the lead up to Wimbledon. As part of our process in setting the 2015 ATP World Tour calendar, we continue to review other options for the three-week period between Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2015.”
 
Edwin Weindorfer, Tournament Director of the MercedesCup, said: “On behalf of the MercedesCup and its long tradition, I would like to thank the ATP and its Board of Directors for their trust and commitment to award Stuttgart with a grass court tournament starting in 2015.  We have worked very hard on this and we are convinced that our investments in the new and permanent grass courts and infrastructure will be well rewarded. The new grass courts will be built in close cooperation with Wimbledon expertise and supervised by Wimbledon grass court experts. Thanks to the long-term support and commitment of Mercedes-Benz, the TC Weissenhof and our other sponsors and partners, this project will now become reality.  Our ultimate goal is to provide the best players in the world perfect grass court playing conditions to take home the winner‘s Trophy of the MercedesCup ahead of The Championships at Wimbledon!”
 
Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club, said:  “The three-week gap will create a longer grass court season between the French Open and Wimbledon, allowing the players more time to recover from the demands of playing at Roland Garros and then to prepare for The Championships.  We are delighted to welcome the MercedesCup as a very important first step in building this exciting new extension to the grass court game.  It is a highly respected tournament with a fine history and with whom we have a great relationship, and we look forward to working closely with them as we develop the opportunities for top class grass court tennis.”
 
The MercedesCup will join the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club, the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, the AEGON International in Eastbourne, the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport as ATP World Tour grass court tournaments.
 
The first edition of the tournament in Stuttgart was held in 1898, with Mercedes-Benz assuming the role of title sponsor from 1979.
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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013, 01:14:30 PM »
Simply wonderful news  :thumbs-up:
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013, 08:15:02 PM »
Meh. I'd rather see a 500 or 1000 tournament move to grass some time.

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Re: Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 08:33:42 PM »
Meh. I'd rather see a 500 or 1000 tournament move to grass some time.

I agree, but it's still a step in the right direction :))
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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 08:37:16 PM »
Yeah getting more grass tours and making one of them Masters would be great.
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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 09:07:01 PM »
the lack of grass tournaments is what makes them so special..

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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 11:15:06 PM »
Terrific news for tennis fans this. This is the perfect step after Caja Majica decided to abandon the horrible blue of the clay.


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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2013, 02:01:02 AM »
Meh. I'd rather see a 500 or 1000 tournament move to grass some time.

I agree, but it's still a step in the right direction :))

True.

the lack of grass tournaments is what makes them so special..

Why must they be special? It's just another surface. In fact, back in the 60's, hard court was 'special' because three of the slams were grass and one was clay. And now look at it. It's the most common surface. I think it'd be a great step in the right direction to change some of the current big hard court tourneys into grass tourneys. For example, if they changed, say, Miami, Cincy, and Shanghai to grass, then the 9 Masters tournaments would be equally divided by surface. And then change a few 500s to grass as well. This would not only bring a greater variety to the tennis on the ATP tour, but it would also reduce the number of injuries. Grass is a lot easier on the body than hard court, as is clay. So lowering the amount of hard court tourneys and increasing the amount of grass tourneys would be a great thing for the ATP.

Terrific news for tennis fans this. This is the perfect step after Caja Majica decided to abandon the horrible blue of the clay.

I thought the blue of the clay was cool. If only they could've basically just dyed red clay. The blue clay was too slippery. Cool idea, bad execution.

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013, 10:25:31 AM »
I liked the blue clay also but saw where some players found it too sippery.
 
Never figured out why the color would effect anything.
 
It would be nice to have equally divided master surfaces.
 
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013, 11:00:35 AM »
Good news!  :) It's too bad hard courts can't be switched to grass though.

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2013, 10:01:50 PM »
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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2013, 10:23:45 PM »
great news.

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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2013, 01:59:13 PM »

I thought the blue of the clay was cool. If only they could've basically just dyed red clay. The blue clay was too slippery. Cool idea, bad execution.

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Re: Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2013, 02:10:05 PM »
I liked the blue clay also but saw where some players found it too sippery.
 
Never figured out why the color would effect anything.

 
It would be nice to have equally divided master surfaces.

I'm not sure what the color had to do with it, either, if anything. The real problem was that they laid the courts too late, so they never did settle. That meant the courts became slippery because the top layer came off too easily. Also, the lower layers became exposed. Typically, when a court dries, you water then drag them during a changeover. The problem was, couldn't do that because you'd take the top layer right off when you dragged them. It was the dry courts that made them slippery.

Now, the only question in my mind is, was it something about the way the clay was treated during the dying process that made them glob up after they were watered. That may have been the case.

This is all stuff I could see from my seat and hear from the players' complaints--especially Almagro--even though I don't speak any Spanish! He pretty much took the chair on a :ranting:  tour of the court more than once!

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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2013, 02:17:53 PM »
the lack of grass tournaments is what makes them so special..

You and I couldn't come to this discussion from two more opposite ends of the debate. I don't think much of Wimbledon because grass doesn't fit in the schedule. It's going to take a full "grass season," however, for me. But like the freak said, it's a start.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2013, 02:05:42 PM »
Simply wonderful news  :thumbs-up:

I agree more should be played on grass,as you say wonderful news.I hope 1 or 2 more follow this.

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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2013, 09:20:25 PM »
Wimbledon because grass doesn't fit in the schedule. It's going to take a full "grass season," however, for me. But like the freak said, it's a start.


How long would be an enjoyable full grass season?

4 to 5 weeks maybe? with  a masters 1000 included?

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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2013, 09:59:00 PM »

I thought the blue of the clay was cool. If only they could've basically just dyed red clay. The blue clay was too slippery. Cool idea, bad execution.

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Wimbledon because grass doesn't fit in the schedule. It's going to take a full "grass season," however, for me. But like the freak said, it's a start.


How long would be an enjoyable full grass season?

4 to 5 weeks maybe? with  a masters 1000 included?

Hmm. Personally, I wouldn't mind a 2 month grass season starting with Wimbledon and having three Masters 1000s included. Kind of like the clay court season mirrored to a grass season. The clay season lasts about two months with three Masters 1000s leading up to Roland Garros. Mirror it. Have the grass season last about two months starting with Wimbledon, then leading to three Masters 1000s. Then there's time for a short break, a hard court Masters, then the US. But that would never happen, unfortunately, because it would involve COMPLETELY altering the schedule.

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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2013, 12:59:15 AM »
Wimbledon because grass doesn't fit in the schedule. It's going to take a full "grass season," however, for me. But like the freak said, it's a start.


How long would be an enjoyable full grass season?

4 to 5 weeks maybe? with  a masters 1000 included?

2 more post Wimbledon events in Europe since we have Newport. One would have to be a 500 and the other a 1000. Move Hamburg to May then play grass through July 15 and move Atlanta ahead a week or 2. That would probably work. The 1000 event wouldn't be the only event scheduled that week, but that shouldn't be a big deal.

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