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Ray Mercer
06-20-2011, 11:18 PM
Great interview from Fish regarding the heavy Wimbledon balls and the difficulty in penetrating the court. This doesn't fare well for Federer should he have to play Nadal who will assume his typical ball machine routine. They should implement the French Open balls here.

Q. What makes grass your best surface? Why does your game fit it well?
MARDY FISH: Well, I feel comfortable coming to the net. I feel comfortable coming forward. They're doing a really good job of making it tough to do that, as well. You know, the balls are extremely heavy. When the sun's not out, it's very hard to really get the ball through the court, you know, minus the serve. You feel like it is still grass, obviously, so the serve still takes, the slice still takes, still moves pretty good. But it's as the balls are as heavy as any ball out there. I feel a lot more comfortable serving, if you take away the grass, a lot more comfortable serving at the French Open with those balls.

Q. Can you explain what 'heavy' means to you?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, balls get real big real quick. You know, you can't really feel your shots as good as you can as, you know, like the US Open, with those balls there. And they just get tough to hit the ball through the court. It's tough to hit winners from the baseline. Like I said, the serve still moves and still takes and you can serve well and hold serve because it's grass. It's still grass. But, uhm, you know, the grass is so good and the bounces are so pure that, you know, the balls, they're really, really heavy.

Q. Is that frustrating for a guy who likes grass?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, sure, it's frustrating. I serve and volleyed on I think almost every first serve today. But I served well and had a lot of free points on my serve, so I didn't necessarily get into a ton of rallies, have to get into a ton of rallies on my serve games. It's tough to hit the ball through the court with the forehand. You know, you got to try to generate a lot of pace, and it's hard.

TennisandMusic
06-20-2011, 11:20 PM
The Wimbledon balls are heavy yeah. I love them though. You can buy 'em anywhere. They play great and you can really slug the ball without fear of it flying. My favorite ball that exists.

Ray Mercer
06-20-2011, 11:22 PM
The Wimbledon balls are heavy yeah. I love them though. You can buy 'em anywhere. They play great and you can really slug the ball without fear of it flying. My favorite ball that exists.

I don't think that's a good thing though. I'd like to see light balls that fly through the court and take little spin, similar to the US Open. That may help in restoring aggressive grass court tennis.

TennisandMusic
06-20-2011, 11:34 PM
I don't think that's a good thing though. I'd like to see light balls that fly through the court and take little spin, similar to the US Open. That may help in restoring aggressive grass court tennis.

I personally find the US Open balls very lame to play with. Too light. The way the guys hit now, the Wimbledon ball serves the game better I think. Remember this is men's tennis. :p

Ray Mercer
06-20-2011, 11:36 PM
I personally find the US Open balls very lame to play with. Too light. The way the guys hit now, the Wimbledon ball serves the game better I think. Remember this is men's tennis. :p

Too heavy a ball means less winners. I don't want to see a Nadal pushfest. I want to see the ball get blown past him.

ashitaka2010
06-20-2011, 11:50 PM
Great interview from Fish regarding the heavy Wimbledon balls and the difficulty in penetrating the court. This doesn't fare well for Federer should he have to play Nadal who will assume his typical ball machine routine. They should implement the French Open balls here.

Q. What makes grass your best surface? Why does your game fit it well?
MARDY FISH: Well, I feel comfortable coming to the net. I feel comfortable coming forward. They're doing a really good job of making it tough to do that, as well. You know, the balls are extremely heavy. When the sun's not out, it's very hard to really get the ball through the court, you know, minus the serve. You feel like it is still grass, obviously, so the serve still takes, the slice still takes, still moves pretty good. But it's as the balls are as heavy as any ball out there. I feel a lot more comfortable serving, if you take away the grass, a lot more comfortable serving at the French Open with those balls.

Q. Can you explain what 'heavy' means to you?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, balls get real big real quick. You know, you can't really feel your shots as good as you can as, you know, like the US Open, with those balls there. And they just get tough to hit the ball through the court. It's tough to hit winners from the baseline. Like I said, the serve still moves and still takes and you can serve well and hold serve because it's grass. It's still grass. But, uhm, you know, the grass is so good and the bounces are so pure that, you know, the balls, they're really, really heavy.

Q. Is that frustrating for a guy who likes grass?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, sure, it's frustrating. I serve and volleyed on I think almost every first serve today. But I served well and had a lot of free points on my serve, so I didn't necessarily get into a ton of rallies, have to get into a ton of rallies on my serve games. It's tough to hit the ball through the court with the forehand. You know, you got to try to generate a lot of pace, and it's hard.

I'm not a specialist and this confuses me, can someone explain me why M."s&v"Llodra was complaining about the RG's balls but Fish liked them????

"I hate them"
(or maybe he just played too bad period...)

Thanks

junk
06-21-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm not a specialist and this confuses me, can someone explain me why M."s&v"Llodra was complaining about the RG's balls but Fish liked them????


(or maybe he just played too bad period...)

Thanks

Llodra complained about the RG's Babolat balls because they were very hard. Probably less touch and feel for a S&V player

scotus
06-21-2011, 01:18 AM
Perhaps Fish should experiment with a different type of string if he uses Luxilon or polys.

Andre Agassi mentioned in his bio that even though Lux helped him a great deal on other surfaces, it was turning his shots into sitters on grass, that he could not get good penetration.

Sharpshooter
06-21-2011, 01:27 AM
He hits the odd nice shot on the run. He hits very few winners when compared to Fed. For the most part he relies on opponent's errors. Most people will agree that Fed's game is far more entertaining to watch. You must either be a 16 year old girl or a Spaniard

You must be an imbecile. I'm neither a 16 year old girl or a Spaniard. Way to generalise the Nadal fan base you idiot. Murray is a Rafa fan as well is he a 16 year old girl or a Spaniard?

Tony Roach is an Australian tennis legend and Fed's "entertaining game" put him to sleep most of the time. LOLZILLA