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SaunderS
06-23-2009, 04:25 AM
And its causing problems. That woman(forgot her name, sorry) had to retire after a slip, Federer worryingly slipped and did you see Julian Bennatau? Went flying into the board and did his knee in!

deltox
06-23-2009, 04:39 AM
thats grass court tennis for you at its best, specially in the early morning matches.

no worse than clay footing, and its something these pros needed to prepare themselves for truthfully

Jay_The_Nomad
06-23-2009, 04:47 AM
yea the commentators were saying that the grass is pretty slick in the first week.

It should dry up as the tournament progresses.

Andres
06-23-2009, 05:16 AM
And its causing problems. That woman(forgot her name, sorry) had to retire after a slip, Federer worryingly slipped and did you see Julian Bennatau? Went flying into the board and did his knee in!
Benneteau didn't slip. He chased a lob, and couldn't stop in time to avoid the backfence.

Blade0324
06-23-2009, 05:51 AM
Grass is slippery, certainly more so than clay but in a different way as well. This is a big reason I don't like grass. Many talk about how it's softer and easier on the body, yet with the insecure footing I'd bet that there are more injury's from lack of footing on grass than from H/C.

theduh
06-23-2009, 06:17 AM
Benneteau didn't slip. He chased a lob, and couldn't stop in time to avoid the backfence.

He actually slipped trying to stop, it was a competitive match before he slipped too bad for him.

nadal for number1
06-23-2009, 06:25 AM
watever the case... many players are slipping due to those courts beig unused.... heard brad gilbert say that was a bad thing.. bc wimby doesnt allow practice on the main courts before the event

skip1969
06-23-2009, 06:28 AM
sidenote: i'm a little surprised as to how chewed up the courts seem to be on just the second day.

slicekick95
06-23-2009, 06:28 AM
He actually slipped trying to stop, it was a competitive match before he slipped too bad for him.

Um, he slipped after he was match point down:confused:

dulapul
06-23-2009, 06:34 AM
thats grass court tennis for you at its best, specially in the early morning matches.

no worse than clay footing, and its something these pros needed to prepare themselves for truthfully

I donít see any similarity between sliding on clay and slipping on grass.
Sliding on clay is controllable, is a tennis technique, actually the best way to teach balance. Slipping on grass is uncontrollable, it is a hazard.

theduh
06-23-2009, 06:37 AM
Um, he slipped after he was match point down:confused:

Sorry I was referring to the first slip he had, was it in the 2rd or 3rd set?

martinrousev
06-23-2009, 06:39 AM
And now Grigor Dimitrov has twisted his knee. There isn't any info yet how serious is his injury. Let's all hope he's fine.

featherlight
06-23-2009, 06:44 AM
i hope the courts can dry up soon so there will not be anymore injuries

Blade0324
06-23-2009, 07:16 AM
I hope they bulldoze wimbledon and put a real surface in. Grass = injury and no fun.

skip1969
06-23-2009, 09:05 AM
ferrero slips at the back of the court, midway through the second set against youzhny . . . he groans and goes down, it looks like it may be serious. norm chryst bolts out of the chair . . . ferrero is down for a bit, but then walks to his chair for the changeover.

he doesn't call for the trainer and comes out to serve in the next game. all looks good and he holds serve. the commentator on the bbc says something like, "well, it was all a bit christiano ronaldo in the end," which i thought was hilarious.

(my apologies for those of you who don't follow football/soccer)

Andyk028
06-23-2009, 09:27 AM
I think Roddick summed it up pretty well.

Blade0324
06-23-2009, 10:06 AM
I think Roddick summed it up pretty well.

AND............

gsquicksilver
06-23-2009, 10:21 AM
I hope they bulldoze wimbledon and put a real surface in. Grass = injury and no fun.

um...... no

dincuss
06-23-2009, 10:29 AM
Benneteau was just destroying his knees

tintin
06-23-2009, 11:28 AM
Mauresmo went down not to long ago on court 3 . . .

CCNM
06-23-2009, 12:04 PM
^oh no!!! is she ok???

bluetrain4
06-23-2009, 12:08 PM
I've seen the slipping also, but I've watched Wimbledon for 20 years and it always seems to be a case that players regularly slip during the first few days when the grass is fresh.

I don't think there's really a way to avoid it on a fresh grass court, especially in the morning.

MegacedU
06-23-2009, 12:41 PM
Benneteau didn't slip. He chased a lob, and couldn't stop in time to avoid the backfence.

It didn't even look that bad. I mean what is it made of concrete?

yellowoctopus
06-23-2009, 12:44 PM
yea the commentators were saying that the grass is pretty slick in the first week.

It should dry up as the tournament progresses.

yup, I played on grass at a club in Bangkok; they normally don't open the courts up until later in the day.

That said, it's really an adjustment in how you move on grass, even if you know how to move on clay. The 'slippiness'-for the lack of better term- on clay is consistent and predictable; therefore, the players can slide accordingly and expect certain results. Grass, on the other hand, is spotty in terms of its slippiness (is that even a word??), so it is difficult to adjust and accommodate when you don't know what to expect at each footing.

theduh
06-23-2009, 12:47 PM
yup, I played on grass at a club in Bangkok; they normally don't open the courts up until later in the day.

That said, it's really an adjustment in how you move on grass, even if you know how to move on clay. The 'slippiness'-for the lack of better term- on clay is consistent and predictable; therefore, the players can slide accordingly and expect certain results. Grass, on the other hand, is spotty in terms of its slippiness (is that even a word??), so it is difficult to adjust and accommodate when you don't know what to expect at each footing.

Sounds like sleeping to me. But yeah you're spot on! You don't really know if you'll slip on your next step even though you stepped on the same place multiple times.

theduh
06-23-2009, 12:48 PM
It didn't even look that bad. I mean what is it made of concrete?

It was all red and from the looks of it I saw a bit of bleeding, sure it wasn't made of concrete but crashing your knees on soft or not so soft surfaces is not a good idea.

Swissv2
06-23-2009, 12:55 PM
These chaps need to put on some soccer shoes if its that bad :p

theduh
06-23-2009, 12:56 PM
^^^ Or a golf shoe :) Goes well with what Fed is wearing at this years open.

LanceStern
06-23-2009, 03:11 PM
Its a big conundrum:

+ they don't let them practice on the main courts. The courts are more fresh but more slippery.

+ If they did let them practice on th emain courts, by the time people are around to watch competitive wimbledon matches, even in the first week the courts woul dbe ugly and deteriorated!

Ay yi yi!

Leublu tennis
06-23-2009, 03:15 PM
thats grass court tennis for you at its best, specially in the early morning matches.

no worse than clay footing, and its something these pros needed to prepare themselves for truthfullyI have never played on grass but have on clay. And there is no problem with clay. You ever see so many players slip and fall during matches. I mean practically every match there is a bad fall. This is just ridiculous. Because of one slam and, what, 4 small tournaments, we put players into such dangerous conditions. Do away with grass, I say. Just make it green clay, if you like the green. And it would not turn brown after a couple of days.

LanceStern
06-23-2009, 03:18 PM
Forget that. Make them play on grass more and get off the stupid hard / clay courts and maybe they wouldn't fall so much!

Badger
06-23-2009, 03:30 PM
yea the commentators were saying that the grass is pretty slick in the first week.

It should dry up as the tournament progresses.

Yeah hopefully. Not too much though.