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Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « on: May 06, 2006, 12:44 AM »
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Which is YOUR favourite court to play on?

Personally my favourite is grass and I also think there should be more grass court events on the ATP.
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 12:46 AM »
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I was looking forward to posting a topic like this, but I thought of waiting for a week more.

But here we go, my favourite is grass.
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 12:47 AM »
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Have to go now, not to sleep but to do some studies. Ill post a big one in two hours or so.
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #3 on: May 06, 2006, 12:49 AM »
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I was looking forward to posting a topic like this, but I thought of waiting for a week more.

But here we go, my favourite is grass.

Sorry there are plenty of other threads you can do Wink.

I agree grass is the best.
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006, 12:50 AM »
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Cya later Arka.
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #5 on: May 06, 2006, 01:19 AM »
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Never played on proper grass Rolling Eyes Don't even know where the nearest grass courts are from me.. think it might actually be Wimbledon.  Think

I don't play on clay often because of the weather in London (i.e. rain rain rain Wink ) but it's my fav surface (im a base-line player).
Hard court's not too bad as well. I think i would hate grass and i don't like carpet but my club is outside and we don't have carpet so i'm safe! Smile
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #6 on: May 06, 2006, 01:30 AM »
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The surface I really enjoy playing on is astroturf mixed with sand so its slidey (I've fallen over a few times trying to desperate get a shot near the net). Because of this I might like clay although I hear the ball bounces pretty high which would really get to me.

So... I'm going assume that astroturf is fairly similer to grass and therefore it is my favourite out of the list Wink




...or maybe carpet as well, what's that like?
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #7 on: May 06, 2006, 02:41 AM »
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i love carpet... carpet is exagerated clay... but it is WAY faster... the ball kicks like you wouldnt believe...
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #8 on: May 06, 2006, 02:43 AM »
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Dave, do you get a lot of grass courts in the US?
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #9 on: May 06, 2006, 02:46 AM »
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nope... there are some in philadelphia but not many...
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #10 on: May 06, 2006, 02:54 PM »
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Finally I am ready to post my thoughts. Sorry if this too long, but this is one of my favourite topics.  :P

One thing that I hate in tennis is a one courter. Sorry I mean 'clay courters', as 'hard courters' dont exist and 'grass courters' would find it hard to earn a living. People, for some strange reason think that newer is better. They are ready to dump a game's six hundred years plus tradition for something else. I am nuts about history, but many others will know that Henry VIII was an amazing tennis player and legend has it that Anne Boleyn was arrested while she was watching him play in Hampton Court. Its even mentioned in Shakespeare's Henry V; "When we have march'd our rackets to these balls, We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set. Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard."

Sorry for getting a bit carried away, but I am of that sort. wink

But the point is that in these days, no one wants to bother about traditions. They dont understand the sweet smell of grass and that old day charm. wub People think that clay and hard court is cool. And they don’t bother about the surface which tennis is meant to be played on. And the fact that grass courts are hard to maintain means that less tournament authorities go for it.
Grass requires reflexes and the current breed of tennis players are too sloth to understand the meaning of such intricate things.

 And the ATP does not help either. I guess you guys remember that Etienne De Villiers did a Q & A for BBC? I asked him about ten questions. Although my ones didn’t get chosen, some others with a similar theme were chosen. And what De Villiers replied is nothing short of heresy in my opinion.

This is sort of what he said:

Q. Why don’t we have more events on grass?

A. We all love grass tennis but can’t have more because the players don’t want it.

However this very incompetent person later said this.

Q. Why don’t we have more events in countries like Argentina, which has so many top players?

A. We cannot go by what players want all the time.

So Mr. De Villiers, what exactly is your point?

Why will players who can’t play on grass against world number 200s want more of it? And who gave such one-dimensional idiots the God gifted right to have a hegemony in the tour? Why don’t the grass courters hold sway and clay action be limited. It’s all money making in my opinion. The ATP exists for a sole purpose – fill up your coffers.
It does not want more grass action because the rubbish clay court big names will refuse to play there. Its as if the ATP does not have a duty, absolutely no duty as far as preserving this beautiful game’s beautiful heritage.

I think that many people need reminding that the game’s proper name is “LAWN TENNIS” and not “DUST TENNIS” or “PLASTIC TENNIS” as it has become these days.


I don’t think that the opinion of one boy matters in this big and wide world, but mark my words, if a day comes that grass tennis ends, Ill quit following this sport. But till that day, Ill fight this thing.




Once again sorry for it being so long and dramatic. :P

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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #11 on: May 06, 2006, 02:57 PM »
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Just to point out that Henry VIII wasn't playing on grass....
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #12 on: May 06, 2006, 02:59 PM »
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Real tennis or Royal tennis may not have been grass, but it gave rise to it. And I hate the corruption of traditions….
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #13 on: May 06, 2006, 03:00 PM »
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Yes, but grass didn't come in until the end of the nineteenth century....
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Re: Grass, Clay, Carpet, Hardcourts « Reply #14 on: May 06, 2006, 03:02 PM »
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For Gods sake, the point is not Henry VIII but how this game developed…..
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