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Offline thejackal

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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2005, 06:32:48 PM »
I've played on synthetic grass, if that counts.  Very interesting experience, to say the least.  I was serve and volleying and felling like Fed at Wimbledon.  :lmao:
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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2005, 10:03:03 PM »
Synthetic grass...were you playing on astroturf? :))
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 #22 on: February 04, 2005, 02:50:35 PM »
Not sure.  It looked like grass, was really soft and a bit slippery.  Might have been.
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« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2005, 06:46:51 PM »
Just great!  Another grass court tournament mowing the grass for good.  I hate that!

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Game, set and match for grasscourt
By DAVID STOCKDALE
07feb05

TASMANIA'S long romance with grasscourt tennis and the world's top players of yesteryear is about to come to an end.

Because of the increasing cost of maintaining grass and its unavailability for much of the year, next weekend's Tasmanian grasscourt titles at Hobart's Domain Tennis Centre will be the last held there.

"This will almost certainly be our last grasscourt tournament and the board will announce the new surface at the end of the month," centre president Peter Armstrong said yesterday.

"The two most likely options to replace the eight grass courts are synthetic grass and a combination of natural and synthetic clay, which is supported by Tennis Australia.

"And our board is very close to making an announcement on the redevelopment of the clubhouse here to ensure we retain the Moorilla International for women."

The winners of the Tasmanian grasscourt singles title, which was first played in 1893, reads like a who's who of international tennis.

The men's list is headed by legendary Australian Grand Slam winner Rod Laver, who won here in 1962.

Others were John Bromwich (1940, 1946 and 1950), Ken Rosewall (1955), Frank Sedgman (1951), Neale Fraser (1956 and 1958), Ashley Cooper (1957), Brian Tobin (1961), John Newcombe (1965), American Arthur Ashe (1966), Tony Roche (1967), Fred Stolle (1969) and Mark Edmondson (1975 and 1976).

It was in the second of those years that, after beating Argentinian Guillermo Vilas, Edmondson flew from Hobart to Melbourne to upset Newcombe in the final at Kooyong and become the last home player to win the Australian Open men's singles.

Tobin went on to become president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia.

The winners of the women's singles included Margaret Court (1962), Lesley Turner (1960), Tasmanian Hall of Fame member Helen Gourlay (1965) and Americans Billie Jean King (1968) and Nancy Richey (1967).

The Tasmanian Open grasscourt titles were first played at Creek Rd, New Town, before moving to the Domain in 1964.

David Tunbridge, a four-time winner of the Open and now a coach at the Domain with Andrew McCormack, rues the end of grass.

"It's a wonderful surface to play on, but unfortunately the upkeep of grass is pretty expensive and because of the weather we don't get enough use out of it," said Tunbridge, who is an unusual player in that he serves right-handed and plays a left-handed forehand and a two-handed backhand.

"I was a ball boy for players like Tony Roche and leftie Owen Davidson and they were my heroes."
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« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2005, 08:58:50 PM »
i think that i am going to grow a grass court in the bak yard...or i could fill up my pool with cement and make a hard court... :yahoo:

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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2005, 09:30:19 PM »
I think water is my best surface.  :)    It's gotta be cuz I can't play on grass, clay hard or carpet.
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 #26 on: February 06, 2005, 09:33:23 PM »
water eh?  U go get em Jamesdster!    :Boxing:
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« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2005, 09:42:36 PM »
Yes water, or maybe ice.....man, a cold Bud Ice sounds good right now.
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 #28 on: February 06, 2005, 09:48:37 PM »
we just went from grass, to water, to ice to beer.

Let me jump it back to ice for a second.  Back in high school I bought someone  a racquet for Christmas and we went out and hit on Christmas day.  There was ice on the court.  The ball doesn't really want to bounce on ice.  Bad stuff.
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« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2005, 07:17:11 AM »
Beer huh?

Too bad about losing another grass court tournament.  I guess people do nto wish to maintain it.  I bet it is hard to maintain it unless your last name is Wimbledon.