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tudwell
05-02-2009, 10:19 AM
I feel silly starting a whole thread for this, but I can't seem to find it on Wikipedia or with a quick Google search. I know it's "indoors" but on what?

380pistol
05-02-2009, 10:22 AM
I feel silly starting a whole thread for this, but I can't seem to find it on Wikipedia or with a quick Google search. I know it's "indoors" but on what?

For some time (if I'm not mistaken) it was played on wood. I don't know what other surfaces it was played on.

tudwell
05-02-2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks, 380, but you might be thinking of the French Pro. From 63 to 67, it was played on indoor wood.

Weird how I can find that information just fine, but nothing on the Wembley Pro.

CyBorg
05-02-2009, 10:29 AM
Indoor carpet.

tudwell
05-02-2009, 10:30 AM
Thanks, CyBorg.

CyBorg
05-02-2009, 10:32 AM
Actually it may have been both carpet and wood. I have to check the books.

jimbo333
05-02-2009, 10:38 AM
Actually it may have been both carpet and wood. I have to check the books.

Sounds like it could have been played on the floor of my house, and I have got a big lounge:):)

urban
05-02-2009, 10:44 AM
Until 1967 it was played on an indoor wood surface, which was very fast. I don't know, whether there was a thin carpet thrown over the wood, or whether it were mere planks. The Wembley indoor arena was originally a swimming pool, used at the 1948 London Olympics. Since 1969 Wembley was played under the name British Covered Courts Champs on a carpet surface, i think on Supreme court.

CyBorg
05-02-2009, 10:44 AM
Okay, it appears I was wrong. It was on indoor wood, later switching to carpet. I can't pinpoint exactly the year of the switch - I know that in 1969 the event was already on carpet.

CyBorg
05-02-2009, 10:50 AM
Until 1967 it was played on an indoor wood surface, which was very fast. I don't know, whether there was a thin carpet thrown over the wood, or whether it were mere planks. The Wembley indoor arena was originally a swimming pool, used at the 1948 London Olympics. Since 1969 Wembley was played under the name British Covered Courts Champs on a carpet surface, i think on Supreme court.

Thanks. That clears it up.

This means that both the French Pro and the Wembley Pro were on wood for severals year in a row.

The funny thing is that I read McCauley's book and I don't recall if he at any point specifies what the surface is. We just know that it's fast and indoors. I may have missed that or forgotten.

BTURNER
05-02-2009, 05:27 PM
Wasn't a similar wooden surface what Connors said he played on in his youth to get that early sight of the ball and great return he is now so famous for? I read he gave credit to wood .

jimbo333
05-02-2009, 07:28 PM
I remember once playing on an indoor court that was the fastest surface I've ever encountered. It was a sort of shiny ceramic tile. Really fast and quite a low bounce. Fantastic fun to play on. Really suited my short flat swing:)

hoodjem
05-03-2009, 05:36 AM
Yep. I've played indoors on what were essentially polished wood basketball arenas.

One hard part was trying to remember to use only the painted tennis court lines, not the basketball lines.

But the worst part was how the ball didn't so much bounce as slide-and-bounce off the polished varnished slick surface. It was great for honing your anticipation skills. Incredibly fast.

jimbo333
05-03-2009, 11:06 AM
Yes, it was very similar to the surface I played on indoors years ago! I remember the surface had about 8 different type of coloured courts marked out on it! A bit confusing at first, but still the most exciting and fun surface I ever played on:):)

jeffreyneave
05-13-2009, 04:49 AM
up to 1968, wembley was played on wod. but rosewall liked it a lot bevause they use to put paint on it to slow it down to medium pace and they also used heavier balls in europe compared to the usa. rosewall regarded wemblely wood as fair to attackers and defnsive players; rosewall won on wodd 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1963 and 1968.
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rosewall also said he disliked the nygrass carpet the event was payed on between 69-71; far too fast and favouring big servers; a best of 3 set match between big servers smith and gonzales went to 3 9-8 set tiebreakers in 1970. gonzales won and then lost to rosewall (gonzales aged 42 and rosewall aged 36)


jeffrey.

Q&M son
08-19-2009, 03:57 PM
Would love to see a wood event in today era