Don't believe I'm saying this....but... I agree with Babbs.
Back in the 90's, the problem with tennis was that most of the courts were TOO FAST. So, especially at Wimbledon, you had...Serve, come to the net, volley winner. That was basically it. That's why many of the Spanish players refused to play Wimbledon back then. They thought "why bother"...since they knew they were not going to do anything but probably lose early. This was going on with a lot of tournaments. There were hardly any rallies and as a spectator, it really wasn't a lot to watch. In fact, like we're doing now...discussions were being formed on "how can we 'save' tennis"?
Their answer? Slow the game down. They did. Wimbledon changed the grass; a lot of hard court tournaments started putting more 'grit' into the paint; heavier balls, etc, etc, etc. to the point that NOW...the game is TOO SLOW. When you can get a 25 ball rally at Wimbledon....you know times have changed.
My point is that: (1) Yes, they needed to slow the courts down some because it was getting too predictable with a 3-shot rally at best; (2) they've gone OVERBOARD in their efforts to slow it down. It's like when the people had a problem with rats, they decided to bring in lots of snakes to eat the rats....that worked, but now they have been overrun by snakes!
1. They can leave the clay courts alone...they should be slow;
2. They need to speed up Wimbledon some. Go back to the original grass, but maybe use heavier balls to slow them down some.
3. We need more 'fast' hard courts. Hard courts should be fast...not play like slow clay;
4. Make sure the indoor courts are still fast and bounce low like they have been in the past.
We need a variety. Tennis players should be adaptable. But like some of the players said today...it's like playing on one surface, hence, the same folks are winning over and over and playing the same way.
You know it's too slow when a network has to 'cut away' from a 'best-of-3' set match because it's run over the course of the time allotment! Thank goodness I had tennis channel or I never would have even seen the ending of the Sony final!