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« on: February 01, 2005, 06:46:26 PM »
Anyone know how many grass court tournaments there are in 1 year?  I would like to see a more even playing field in terms of numbers of tournaments played on grass, clay and hard court.  You have to wonder how many more people would serve and volley if they grew up on the grass.  I seriously doubt many people have ever grown up hitting the majority of the time on grass.  It would be nice to have a few more grass tournaments.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005, 06:47:42 PM »
i don't know

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005, 06:48:17 PM »
I know there is Queens and Wimbledon.  Anyone else add to the list?
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005, 06:51:10 PM »
I'd say about 6.  Queens and Gerry Weber are after Roland Garros.  Then there is Nottingham, and another grass tuneup in the same week.  After Wimbledon, there is the Hall of Fame tourney held in the New England area.  Total of 6.

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005, 07:00:14 PM »
Yep, good call.  I see 6 listed ont he ATP Website.  

I counted to get a better sense, here is the break down:

Hard Court:  31  (45%)
Clay:  25  (37%)
Carpet:  6  (9%)
Grass:  6  (9%)

To me that is pretty sad.  9%?  and 37% for clay.  I think there needs to be a better balance.  Even if it was:

Hard Court and Carpet:  50%
Clay:  25%
Grass:  25%
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2005, 09:19:14 PM »
I agree, I'd like to see more tourneys on grass.  I'd like to see the ATP add another week before wimbledon as well as some random grass tourneys mixed in after the Aussie and US opens.

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2005, 09:31:56 PM »
i have never played on grass how dose it affect the speed of the ball and stuff dose it like speed it up...cuz to me i would think it would or what every anyone have experenice on grass courts? and would like to tell me?

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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2005, 09:45:23 PM »
Grass is the one surface I have not hit on...  There is a grass court at a country club not far from me.  I serve and volley too, so that would be fun.  But i have a feeling if grass is the slightest bit slick I would have problems moving since I stop and go so fast.  Clay can screw me up in that regard too.  I do not mind sliding and hitting the ball at the same time, I seem to be good at that.  But my initial step and stopping is not good.  I serve and volley and I come to the net and I split step and my split step slides like 2'.  What the hell good is that, I can not push off and go one way or the other if I am still sliding.  And that is what the split step is for!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2005, 09:46:36 PM »
I have never played on grass either but I know the ball skids off the grass, stay low and comes at you very fast.  Also, since the court is GRASS, the grass wears down, creating divets, thus you may not have a clue if the ball will bounce true or not.  That's why volleyers like grass, because they are taking the ball before it bounces while baseliners may be hitting it high one time and the next shot you may have to hit the same exact shot low due to a bad bounce.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2005, 09:48:35 PM »
Well, big C, I can't make any from experience calls on this one but I can say that grass, supposedly, speeds up the ball. that's why power players are usually so successful there (ie Venus & Serena) because it amplifies their groundies' power.

Also, I hear you get lots of weird bounces...which is to be expected but still, you never think about that when you see them playing on it at Wimbledon.

And I agree, Scott, what a small amount of grass tourneys....I guess you gotta really have fun when you play in them cuz they're few in number.

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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2005, 09:49:44 PM »
That and your serve becomes more deadly.  I would not want to play Jamesdster on grass that is for damn sure!

I have played on a gymnasium basketball court once with a tennis net up.  The ball skid so low it wasn't even funny.  You needed to take your racquet back VERY early to be ready to hit the ball after it bounced.  The adjustment was insane.  I imagine grass being similar.
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2005, 09:50:16 PM »
whoa...did all 3 of us just like post at the same time or what? Weird  :uh:

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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2005, 09:52:13 PM »
Scarey enough, I think so...
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2005, 09:52:50 PM »
Whoaaaaaaa cosmic duuuuuuuuude
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2005, 10:09:20 PM »
yes!!!! someting that was worth talking about(that came from me) 0o0o0o0o yea!! :))

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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2005, 10:10:27 PM »
and i thank u all for ur answers btw thx! :applause:

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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2005, 10:42:10 PM »
I've played on grass and it's definately not for me. I was raised on clay and I'm used to running to cut the ball off or just waiting for it. You can't do that on grass. It doesn't bounce and it forces you to run "up" to the ball that's why grass is perfect for serve and volleyers. If you think clay has a wierd bounce, grass got a whole different kind of bounce. But the good side is that it's very forgiving on your body, especially the knees.
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2005, 02:45:17 AM »
I really like playing on grass.  Played at a resort in SE Asia two years ago.  Ball bounces lower and it skids off the ground.  You can expect some weird bounces as well.  

Personally, I think it helps my baseline game.  I hate playing against opponents who hit with heavy topspin and add a little kick into their serves.  Grass (carpet too) neutralizes those aspects of the game.  My only problem with this surface is footwork.  I have a harder time approaching the net and planting my feet correctly is also an issue while volleying as well.  

Supposedly, grass isn't the fastest surface in tennis.  I read there's another one which is like a polished wooden floor, similar to a waxed gym floor.  Obviously though, it's very rare and isn't used in competitive tennis.  Btw Scott, gym floor feels much faster than grass.  The one surface I never played on is clay.  One of these days...

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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2005, 08:01:04 AM »
Wow, that is pretty crazy, u have played on grass but not clay.  Clay is very common over here.  In the summer time I am in leagues and we have to play other teams that are on clay.  So when it is an "away" match for us and they play on clay, we all play on clay.  I enjoy it now and then,  And if you think grass is easy on the knees, try clay!
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2005, 05:57:57 PM »
Apparently good grass is expensive to maintain, and that only a few tournaments are doable.  I think they should just move everything over to hard court by now :).