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Marshredder
05-26-2010, 12:40 PM
I was chatting about this to a friend the other day, he totally dismissed my idea but I think it would be awesome.

How about playing tennis on ICE? Imagine how fast it would be, totally different approach would have to be taken. Of course special footwear would have to be designed but it could work, somehow?

Any other ideas?

Serendipitous
05-26-2010, 12:42 PM
I was chatting about this to a friend the other day, he totally dismissed my idea but I think it would be awesome.

How about playing tennis on ICE? Imagine how fast it would be, totally different approach would have to be taken. Of course special footwear would have to be designed but it could work, somehow?

Any other ideas?

Broken glass. :o

Semi-Pro
05-26-2010, 12:47 PM
That artificial plastic ice stuff that they use for hockey. (synthetic ice is what it's called I believe)

Synthetic ice would actually work really well if anyone has ever been on it. Its slide could be compared to a HC slide but the surface is much smoother so the ball would travel extremely fast upon contact.

Scientist
05-26-2010, 12:49 PM
I was chatting about this to a friend the other day, he totally dismissed my idea but I think it would be awesome.

How about playing tennis on ICE? Imagine how fast it would be, totally different approach would have to be taken. Of course special footwear would have to be designed but it could work, somehow?

Any other ideas?

The tennis balls would get soaking wet from the friction, unless you had new balls like every game. Strings would be destroyed.

Serendipitous
05-26-2010, 12:50 PM
Roger Federer's underwear.

RogerRacket111
05-26-2010, 12:52 PM
Ice would be cool. I was thinking about it when I saw your title before I read it. Fast surface with special shoes you can slide on. Imagine serves zooming by.

Marius_Hancu
05-26-2010, 01:05 PM
Another week of grass, come on.

Badger
05-26-2010, 01:08 PM
Another week of grass, come on.

Here here!

cknobman
05-26-2010, 01:11 PM
Silly puddy

8PAQ
05-26-2010, 01:12 PM
I was chatting about this to a friend the other day, he totally dismissed my idea but I think it would be awesome.

How about playing tennis on ICE? Imagine how fast it would be, totally different approach would have to be taken. Of course special footwear would have to be designed but it could work, somehow?

Any other ideas?

Ice for sure, then maybe Canada would an ATP player in top 100.

statto
05-26-2010, 01:12 PM
Custard or Jam (Jelly for my colonial friends).

HAL9001
05-26-2010, 01:13 PM
Wood without a doubt. Already used for squash.
Then change us open to wood so you have 4 slams on 4 surfaces.

r2473
05-26-2010, 01:17 PM
Another week of grass, come on.

At altitude:

http://www.infendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/tennis-dubai-12.jpg

*Val*
05-26-2010, 01:20 PM
Grit. Take extra skill to predict the bounces!

Bryan Swartz
05-26-2010, 01:22 PM
I don't think there's any need for another surface. There are was to speed up/slow down the three existing ones, and you can always change the color of the surface as well. I don't see what purpose another surface would serve.

HAL9001
05-26-2010, 01:24 PM
I don't think there's any need for another surface. There are was to speed up/slow down the three existing ones, and you can always change the color of the surface as well. I don't see what purpose another surface would serve.

The wood makes it good

forzamilan90
05-26-2010, 01:26 PM
grassish clayish mix maybe

nikdom
05-26-2010, 01:31 PM
Short astro turf (artificial grass)

The stuff is designed to drain (so grounds don't have to be covered). Surface would be reasonably fast and wouldn't wear out like at wimbledon, after a few matches.

Cassius Clay
05-26-2010, 01:31 PM
Sand. Played on the beach.

iamtheavalanche
05-26-2010, 01:34 PM
That artificial plastic ice stuff that they use for hockey. (synthetic ice is what it's called I believe)

Synthetic ice would actually work really well if anyone has ever been on it. Its slide could be compared to a HC slide but the surface is much smoother so the ball would travel extremely fast upon contact.

a lot of NHL players like playing tennis, so maybe you have something with the ice idea....LOL

Bryan Swartz
05-26-2010, 01:43 PM
Wouldn't sand result in like no bounce at all?

davey
05-26-2010, 01:43 PM
Baseball infield clay

cobble stone?

shag carpet

Polished smooth ceramic tile

sillymonkey
05-26-2010, 01:44 PM
MUD or the zero gravity of space.

djokovicgonzalez2010
05-26-2010, 01:48 PM
VELCRO, with rubber balls

Nanshiki
05-26-2010, 02:20 PM
Something with the bounce and durability of a hard court, the sliding and softness of a clay court, the variable/changable speed of a carpet indoor court, and with a springy under layer outside of the hard outer surface, so you can play all day without feeling it in your knees.

frisco
05-26-2010, 02:34 PM
Slow mud. That might give Nadal a chance to match Federer at slams.

kraggy
05-26-2010, 02:46 PM
peanut butter jelly.

Chezbeeno
05-26-2010, 04:03 PM
Short astro turf (artificial grass)

The stuff is designed to drain (so grounds don't have to be covered). Surface would be reasonably fast and wouldn't wear out like at wimbledon, after a few matches.

I've played on an artificial grass court, it sucked, it was kind of like clay but without the sliding or high bounces from spin.

Netspirit
05-26-2010, 04:05 PM
No wood, please.

It just kills players' bodies. Everybody hated carpet for that.

ChanceEncounter
05-26-2010, 04:31 PM
Lava, obviously.

vortex1
05-26-2010, 04:41 PM
Ice. That way we could watch tennis during winter olympics

Jeewalk
05-26-2010, 04:50 PM
Ice. That way we could watch tennis during winter olympics

yes totally have tennis rule over all seasons :P

jigar
05-26-2010, 05:17 PM
Marble like pool/billiard table

Spin-A-Lot
05-26-2010, 05:19 PM
I vote for wood...and maybe the polished ceramic tile too :)

deltox
05-26-2010, 05:21 PM
Slate

would be my choice behind carpet and more grass

timnz
05-26-2010, 05:38 PM
Yeah, I know it is not a new surface, just an old surface that needs resurrecting.

Fast court tennis needs to be brought back - for at least part of the season. Then players might learn how to volley.

aceX
05-26-2010, 05:45 PM
Nanocrystalline diamond.

logicflawed
05-26-2010, 05:48 PM
sportcourt! like from volleyball!

aceX
05-26-2010, 05:48 PM
Water

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a195/showbiznes/Rafael-Nadal.png

Totai
05-26-2010, 05:58 PM
How about a Steel court

pjonesy
05-26-2010, 06:21 PM
Did someone already mention MARSHMALLOW?

How about a bed of live snakes?

pjonesy
05-26-2010, 06:24 PM
Broken glass. :o

That is so good? Are you familiar with SNL skit, Bag O' Glass?

vbranis
05-26-2010, 06:31 PM
How about a Steel court

Don't think Rafa's knees will like that :)

This would be cool, though. Maybe host the year-end championships on it to level the playing field...
http://media.thestar.topscms.com/images/24/a6/e19e91944153ba9773d6ea8a392a.jpeg

austintennis2005
05-26-2010, 06:37 PM
Did someone already mention MARSHMALLOW?

How about a bed of live snakes?


now that made me laugh!!! :)

salsainglesa
05-26-2010, 07:45 PM
What was wrong with carpet over wood? How did players got hurt?

KingOfTennis
05-27-2010, 04:46 AM
yeah the half grass half clay court idea was really interesting. They had to keep changing shoes every 2 games tho hahaha

mtommer
05-27-2010, 11:03 AM
I'll also cast my vote for a wood court. If you've ever played tennis in a racquetball court you realize just how fast this surface is. You can put in a padded underlayment to help take out some of the wear and tear on a player's body. It also might help bring back serve and volley.

vbranis
05-27-2010, 11:28 AM
I'll also cast my vote for a wood court. If you've ever played tennis in a racquetball court you realize just how fast this surface is. You can put in a padded underlayment to help take out some of the wear and tear on a player's body. It also might help bring back serve and volley.

Yeah, I've played on an indoor hardwood court many times in Romania (not the greatest conditions), and it was LIGHTNING fast. I served & volleyed on every point, there is virtually no time to wind up (esp. for me with my Western grip). It was fun, actually, I'd like to see some more wood courts.

jackson vile
05-27-2010, 11:38 AM
Ice is cool, but some form of wood would be most realistic and it is natural surface also LOL.

davey
05-27-2010, 12:00 PM
How about putting a slant on the court? You could make the net the high point and slanting lower towards the baselines so you would be running uphill if you approached the net. It shouldn't be too much, say a difference of no more than a foot. This would make hitting winners more difficult to keep in but the ball would take a more of an offensive bounce.

On the other hand if you made the net the low point then hitting winners into the court would be easier but the ball would bounce higher. It would also slow down a little bit after the bounce compared to a flat court though probably not much to help defenders. If you were at the net you would have to run uphill to chase down lobs.

nikdom
05-27-2010, 12:23 PM
I've played on an artificial grass court, it sucked, it was kind of like clay but without the sliding or high bounces from spin.

Cool that you were able to play on artificial grass. Now, if you couldn't slide or get a high bounce, how exactly was it like clay?

Rock Strongo
05-27-2010, 01:33 PM
Grass.

10 chairs

fuzz nation
05-27-2010, 01:56 PM
How 'bout a minefield? Anybody wanna make a snarky comment about this creating a more explosive game? Or a commentator saying something about one player getting blown off the court...

Oh, I'll cast a vote against ice tennis. With the WTA ladies all bundled up, the ratings would drop along with the mercury. D'oh!

Anyway, for sporting excitement on ice, I think the Stanley Cup playoffs are tough to beat.

Fine, I'll go there... wait for it...

Jello!

Cyan
05-27-2010, 01:57 PM
blue artificial grass.

tennis08tarheels
05-27-2010, 02:01 PM
How 'bout a minefield? Anybody wanna make a snarky comment about this creating a more explosive game? Or a commentator saying something about one player getting blown off the court...


:):):)

How about tennis with obstacles on the court? You know, poles, hurdles, etc. Andy Murray could stand on the court screaming at you the whole match. And yeah, throw in some mines and a couple patches of quicksand, you've got yourself an interesting season.

120mphBodyServe
05-27-2010, 02:02 PM
Teflon with a spring suspension system.

ascdga
05-27-2010, 02:30 PM
Rubber. Also, sandpaper.

Netspirit
05-27-2010, 02:51 PM
Inflated latex. No, seriously.

ChanceEncounter
05-27-2010, 03:09 PM
How 'bout a minefield? Anybody wanna make a snarky comment about this creating a more explosive game? Or a commentator saying something about one player getting blown off the court...

Oh, I'll cast a vote against ice tennis. With the WTA ladies all bundled up, the ratings would drop along with the mercury. D'oh!

Anyway, for sporting excitement on ice, I think the Stanley Cup playoffs are tough to beat.

Fine, I'll go there... wait for it...

Jello!
Nah. Dress the WTA players like figure skaters and the ratings will still be there.

aceX
05-28-2010, 08:10 PM
What would happen if you had a diamond court?

The ball would bounce high and it would be really fast, no?

inthemisosoup
05-28-2010, 09:43 PM
trampoline courts. :twisted:

Batoussai
05-29-2010, 05:10 AM
http://blog.makezine.com/1170366417_8053467e51.jpg

Heads down:

Non-Newtonian Fluid!

halalula1234
05-29-2010, 01:30 PM
Wood!!

or a tile surface!

Tina
05-29-2010, 02:27 PM
New Memory Foam Mattress. I would take a nap right after matches ^_^.

kaleidoskope
05-29-2010, 02:55 PM
http://blog.makezine.com/1170366417_8053467e51.jpg

Heads down:

Non-Newtonian Fluid!
Ok people! We have a winner!!!!

I vote YES!!!!