I think one of the worst consequences of molasses-ized surfaces, polyester strings and beachball tennis balls has to be how it has changed the dynamic of the return game. I loved how in the 90s, on real surfaces especially, players would simply tank return games. Or they'd just try and go huge on the return and fail 95% of the time. If the returner had to take more than a couple of steps, he'd concede the point. If he was down 40-0 or 40-15 while returning, he'd push the next return out simply to get on with serving. That's the way it is supposed to be. Four points and move on, rinse and repeat; fast forward to the tiebreaker as quickly as possible. And what's with this nonsense of players putting in effort running down drop shots and retrieving would-be winners and overheads? I was sick of this during the US Open final push-fest. Roddick was one of the few holdouts who consistently refused to run down drop shots. He knew it would cost him some points, but he also knew his manhood would remain intact. Sadly, those values, once widespread in the men's game, were likely retired with him. This isn't a big surprise, as the ATP and ITF have made a conscious decision to reward stick-figured nancy boys who like to run around all day, more reminiscent of 1970s WTA moonball tennis than anything else. Don't get me started on the two-handed backhand.