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LuckyR
01-21-2011, 11:36 AM
Anyone see the Dead Spot during the Sharapova warm up? Fixed (as recommended by Brad Gilbert) with drilling a couple of holes in the court to let out the air that seeking between the layers of the laminate court.

highgeer
01-21-2011, 11:41 AM
That was really weird. I thaught it was a joke until the players left the court.

Mike

Alchemy-Z
01-21-2011, 11:43 AM
yeah when they threw the ball down and it l stuck to the spot I wanted to call my old physics professor.

Shangri La
01-21-2011, 12:01 PM
That was really funny. I've never ever seen anything like that.

sureshs
01-21-2011, 12:07 PM
Video please

DragonBlaze
01-21-2011, 12:52 PM
Video please

Yea I wanna see this.

Bud
01-21-2011, 12:55 PM
yeah when they threw the ball down and it l stuck to the spot I wanted to call my old physics professor.

They dropped a ball and it literally stuck to the court? :confused:

seffina
01-21-2011, 12:57 PM
Yes. So weird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fA8fMUdmvkA

Telepatic
01-21-2011, 01:00 PM
It's hilarious.

Cup8489
01-21-2011, 01:04 PM
Those are like the new courts at my old high school! lol.

8PAQ
01-21-2011, 01:05 PM
When Federer finds this he will start hit drop shots and serves into that spot. Can you imagine if a drop shot or serve just stops like that. :)

stoo
01-21-2011, 01:06 PM
What I couldn't understand was how if it was an air pocket, how come the ball didn't even bounce back an inch. It just hit there and stuck like dropping a beanbag.

nikdom
01-21-2011, 01:10 PM
What I couldn't understand was how if it was an air pocket, how come the ball didn't even bounce back an inch. It just hit there and stuck like dropping a beanbag.

The surface caved and absorbed the ball impact. I've seen a lot of bad public hard courts and this particular issue is when you see something like a boil on the court surface. The top most layer (which has fabric in it) comes off the concrete base and air gets in between creating a "boil".

SoCal10s
01-21-2011, 01:34 PM
wow,twilight zone moment .. even ball will bounce from a soft surface ,but that was really weird ..

Bud
01-21-2011, 01:42 PM
They dropped a ball and it literally stuck to the court? :confused:

Yes. So weird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fA8fMUdmvkA

Another argument for the Rafa haters concerning a slow court :-? :lol:

samurai13
01-21-2011, 01:44 PM
that's rediculous... scientific explanation anybody?

jdubbs
01-21-2011, 01:53 PM
Yeah, I saw this at the French Open as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXL-gtksKY8

Something about the space/time continuum.

Bud
01-21-2011, 01:54 PM
that's rediculous... scientific explanation anybody?

The only explanation is an air pocket beneath the court and a flap of court 'material' covering it. Nothing else would explain the absolute lack of a bounce.

I can't see how drilling holes would fill the void below the surface.

jwbarrientos
01-21-2011, 02:18 PM
that's rediculous... scientific explanation anybody?

According to some posters Tony, the famous Rafa's uncle were behind this, I'll keep you posted.

sureshs
01-21-2011, 02:38 PM
It is like the Bermuda triangle. Very mysterious.

Eternally_damned
01-21-2011, 02:55 PM
This proves that slower courts require less skill.

sureshs
01-21-2011, 03:03 PM
They were trying to make the court as slow as possible for Nadal, and then went too far.

Bobby Jr
01-21-2011, 03:17 PM
I can't see how drilling holes would fill the void below the surface.
The air pocket is confined with no way to escape... as that part of the court heats or is stepped on the air pocket will get pushed outwards, slowly making the dead patch worse. Drilling holes lets this air out and the patch can be pushed back down into contact with the surface underneath - meaning the energy of anything dropped on it will get transferred through to a 'hard' enough surface to result a bounce.

I think what they'll do overnight is actually inject some sort of glue into those holes to stick the layers back together (and prevent air re-entering the gap).

This will be pretty embarrassing for the company who laid the court... but perhaps caused by something being dropped on the court or some idiot wearing high heels on it - which was a key reason the previous surface, the fully rubberised Rebound Ace, was a complete nightmare for anyone who got one laid.

SuperDuy
01-21-2011, 04:04 PM
Yeah, I saw this at the French Open as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXL-gtksKY8

Something about the space/time continuum.

Thats a commercial, the guy even said it was what happened when he did that commercial yesturday. Would of been cool if real.

ruerooo
01-21-2011, 04:31 PM
When Federer finds this he will start hit drop shots and serves into that spot. Can you imagine if a drop shot or serve just stops like that. :)

I think the dead spot's on Hisense. I'm betting Roger hasn't been on Hisense since 2004. :-)

meg0529
01-21-2011, 05:31 PM
LOL they just found another dead spot!

bezs
01-21-2011, 05:32 PM
Second dead spot would be fun to see a ball land on one during play and just stop dead.