Finally I am ready to post my thoughts. Sorry if this too long, but this is one of my favourite topics.
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.
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.
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.