Plexicushion & Rebound Ace

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  1. Virginia

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    The New Zealand LTA has just announced that The NZ Heinneken Open (which is held just before the Australian Open as a warmup tournament) will have its courts painted blue to simulate the new Plexicushion surface being laid down on the Melbourne courts to replace the old Rebound Ace.

    I wonder how players will react to this (or will they even realise that the NZ courts are still Rebound Ace) ?

    David Ferrer (who is defending his Auckland title), Ferrero and Almagro will be playing, so we are all looking forward to this event.
     
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  2. Moose Malloy

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    I'm sure the players will do just fine, if they are truly professionals.

    A hardcourt is a hardcourt, its not like they have to play on clay right before playing a major on hardcourt like they used to.
     
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    Yes, true, but then why did Auckland lay down Rebound Ace in the first place, if any hardcourt surface will do?
     
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  4. Moose Malloy

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    Do you know the history of the Auckland event? was it always Rebound Ace(since the Australian Open switched)?

    when you make a change it takes time for other events to follow(I mentioned that when the US switched to hardcourt back in '78, it took years for all the other summer warmup events to follow suit)

    Its kinda expensive to switch surfaces, I'm sure the other Australian events weren't pleased when they heard about the switch.
     
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  5. FedForGOAT

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    A HC is a HC, but not all hardcourts were created (synthesized?) equal. Agassi beat Sampras both times in the AO and lost to him all 4 times in the USO.
     
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