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batz
05-26-2009, 06:50 AM
So what's everyone's favourite surface to WATCH tennis on?

Grass for me. I like the speed it offers. Also, grass = Wimbledon.

Andres
05-26-2009, 06:55 AM
Carpet, unfortunately...

Aabye
05-26-2009, 07:02 AM
I picked hardcourt, mostly because it is the one surface where all my favorites do okay.

But to be honest, it really depends what player I am watching...

Federer, Nadal, Gasquet, and Venus all play so beautifully on grass.

I enjoy watching Davydenko, Wawrinka, Ferrero on clay.

Chris De Tone
05-26-2009, 07:06 AM
I love hardcourt for watching and playing. I like how it provides sure footing, requires little maintenance and rewards power and an aggressive game.

Grover Sparkman
05-26-2009, 07:06 AM
I love watching grass - lawn tennis at its core. I've yet to play on grass, though. It's on my bucket list, though.

Watching clay is so-so for me. I played on clay for the first time the other night, and found it enjoyable (I'm new to the sport). I thought it was pretty interesting to watch the ball behave differently. I couldn't get much spin going at all without the ball dying.

batz
05-26-2009, 07:07 AM
Carpet, unfortunately...

Had it still be around, I'd have put it as an option, but alas, it is no more.

mandy01
05-26-2009, 07:12 AM
Grass.There arent too many tourneys so when I get to watch then its always very refreshing.
Also Grass takes us back into history.Especially Wimbledon.

Cesc Fabregas
05-26-2009, 07:16 AM
Grass poetry in motion watching Pete Sampras dominate on it.

aceroberts13
05-26-2009, 07:26 AM
I picked clay. I like the battles.

ksbh
05-26-2009, 07:26 AM
As long as Pete Sampras was playing, grass. Nothing else even came close.

Now it's hard courts because there aren't any grass court specialists anymore. Hard courts seem to produce better matches in general these days.

deluxe
05-26-2009, 07:51 AM
There is nothing like playing on a lovingly maintained grass court. I hate courts where the bounce is inconsistent - clay or a bad grass court.

Nadal_Freak
05-26-2009, 08:33 AM
Clay ftw. A true warriors surface.

DarthFed
05-26-2009, 08:36 AM
Grass, especially Wimby

MethodTennis
05-26-2009, 08:52 AM
none of the above carpet for me just better rallies imho

CalmxPanicked17
05-26-2009, 09:05 AM
i read the poll wrong, but i think grass is intersting because I see so little of it. hard courts are okay, but that's what I see all the time. and clay courts are so much fun to play on, plus you see how people have to set up points from the beginning.

jimbo333
05-26-2009, 09:07 AM
Grass, purely because of Wimbledon:)

I prefer to play on hard courts.

DarthFed
05-26-2009, 09:13 AM
i read the poll wrong, but i think grass is intersting because I see so little of it. hard courts are okay, but that's what I see all the time. and clay courts are so much fun to play on, plus you see how people have to set up points from the beginning.

You live in NY too? so you know we have plenty of HC..theres one right by my house

HC would be my second favorite surface

Razda
05-26-2009, 09:15 AM
Indoor hard courts for me. I like the ball striking to be loud.

CalmxPanicked17
05-26-2009, 09:23 AM
You live in NY too? so you know we have plenty of HC..theres one right by my house

HC would be my second favorite surface

what's your first? and yeah...i only know of 2 sets of clay courts in the city :cry:

manny pacquiao P4P king
05-26-2009, 09:25 AM
carpet now, grass back inthe 90's

the faster courts are better because the people who play winning tennis (not pushing) win. its horrible watching pushers beat the guy's who wan't to win. of course grass now is green clay so my favourite surface would have to be carpet

380pistol
05-26-2009, 09:45 AM
The old Deco Turf II in Flushing, from 1978-2000. Why?? the truest reflection of players' ability. While some say, grass favoured this and clay favoured that, Deco Turf II rewarded ones strenghts and punished one's weaknesses equally.

Secondly I would say Wimbledon grass 2000 and prior. Tennis at it's purest form is played on grass. So how could it not be on my list.

veroniquem
05-26-2009, 09:46 AM
I voted clay but I like grass too. Actually, I like the variety.

Winners or Errors
05-26-2009, 09:50 AM
Hardcourt = truest bounce. Honestly, with all the other variables in tennis, why add bad bounces and luck into the equation?

Of course, if you play on municipal hardcourts that get resurfaced every 10 years, it gets pretty frustrating when balls strike dead spots or cracks.

Cenc
05-26-2009, 11:27 AM
grass
boom boom tennis :)
at least in 90s...

leonidas1982
05-26-2009, 04:31 PM
Grass. It allowed me to be expressive. Everything feels instinctive on grass.

JeMar
05-26-2009, 04:33 PM
Indoor hardcourt.

sh@de
05-26-2009, 05:41 PM
Grass. 10 chars.

FedererForehand
05-26-2009, 06:15 PM
Grass of Wimbledon and its not even close... good old hard courts come in a distant second.

Purostaff
05-26-2009, 06:51 PM
hard court hands down... makes me hard every time

Nadal_Freak
05-26-2009, 07:37 PM
Hardcourt = truest bounce. Honestly, with all the other variables in tennis, why add bad bounces and luck into the equation?

Of course, if you play on municipal hardcourts that get resurfaced every 10 years, it gets pretty frustrating when balls strike dead spots or cracks.
Grass and clay are easier on the joints. Unless they made a surface that is soft and has no bad bounces, the other surfaces have their purpose as well as more variety of speeds.

paterson
05-26-2009, 10:07 PM
Hardcourts is the best surface by far. The highest quality tennis is played on Hard because it is the fairest surface. Today, there are no players who grew up on grass and clay is too specialized. All the top tour pros can play well at the AO and USO. That makes it the best test of tennis ability and talent.

DarthMaul
05-26-2009, 10:36 PM
If it comes to WATCHING, definitely hardcourts. The ball is easier to see, the court looks clean and least but not last, matches are more entertaining due to higher ball speed.

DarthMaul
05-26-2009, 10:40 PM
Hardcourt = truest bounce. Honestly, with all the other variables in tennis, why add bad bounces and luck into the equation?

Of course, if you play on municipal hardcourts that get resurfaced every 10 years, it gets pretty frustrating when balls strike dead spots or cracks.

Good point!

Blade0324
05-27-2009, 11:10 AM
Clay by far. I love the high bounces and reward that a stronger player gains in being able to hit through the slower court.
I absolutely hate grass. Low bouncing and anyone can hit winners on faster surface.

TennisandMusic
05-27-2009, 11:13 AM
Grass for sure. It's where athleticism and shot making combined are the most rewarded. Clay rewards athleticism, and hard court focuses more on big hitting. Grass is the perfect tennis surface, and obviously has much more history with the game.

vandre
05-27-2009, 12:16 PM
Hardcourt = truest bounce. Honestly, with all the other variables in tennis, why add bad bounces and luck into the equation?

Of course, if you play on municipal hardcourts that get resurfaced every 10 years, it gets pretty frustrating when balls strike dead spots or cracks.

hey man, you're reminding me of the courts i grew up on. they had dried mud back by the fence (clay), grass growing out of the cracks (grass) and concrete every where else (hard). three different surfaces in one court!!! awesome!!!! :)

Pancho G
05-27-2009, 12:55 PM
I like the hard courts because I can see the ball better then any other service.

ChuDat
05-27-2009, 01:01 PM
Hard because it's the surface most players are good at