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kuhdlie
06-24-2009, 06:45 PM
is there a rule banning the use of spiked shoes for tennis on grass? think this would help the players from slipping all over the place, but maybe damage the grass faster.

Kostas
06-24-2009, 07:09 PM
Their shoes are "spikey'er" than normal but there are restrictions. If you see the bottom of their shoes they have tons of little rubber spikes.

You can kind of see them here:

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/wimbledon-federer-shoes-purple.jpg

coloskier
06-25-2009, 08:31 AM
Back in the 70's on very damp days they would allow spiked shoes. As I have stated in another post, this made it so that you had no choice but to play S&V because you never wanted to let the ball bounce because you never knew which was it was going to go.

Rabbit
06-25-2009, 08:38 AM
To go this one further, the first "nubbed" shoes appeared in the late 70s. They were made by Diadora for Bjorn Borg and Borg did his part to not let anyone else, including the other players, see his specially made grass shoes. They gave him a clear advantage moving on grass. I think after the first year, the secret got out, but I do remember seeing an interview with either Connors or McEnroe where they talke about Borg/Diadora's secret weapon that first year.

AAAA
06-25-2009, 08:43 AM
Yes there is a rule banning spikes, tears up the court too much. Tennis shoes these days have pimpled soles, rubber 'numbs'. Numbs are not spikes because they are not pointed which is what we'd expect of a 'spike'.

gj011
06-25-2009, 08:45 AM
They need shoes with cleats like football players :)

dirtballer
06-25-2009, 09:27 AM
Here's an interesting anecdote going back to the days when spikes were still legal. When Laver completed his second Grand Slam in 1969, it was on a very wet Forest Hills court (the US Open was still played on grass at the time). It was actually a Monday because the final had been rained out on Sunday. Anyway, Laver lost the first set to Tony Roche and was having problems with his footing. He asked for and received permission to change into spikes. He ended up winning the last three sets fairly easily and completed his second Grand Slam.

AAAA
06-25-2009, 09:32 AM
Here's an interesting anecdote going back to the days when spikes were still legal. When Laver completed his second Grand Slam in 1969, it was on a very wet Forest Hills court (the US Open was still played on grass at the time). It was actually a Monday because the final had been rained out on Sunday. Anyway, Laver lost the first set to Tony Roche and was having problems with his footing. He asked for and received permission to change into spikes. He ended up winning the last three sets fairly easily and completed his second Grand Slam.

If that's true now why do those posters in 'Former player talk' keep this nugget of information quiet.