Poll: Most demanding Slam?

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Which is the toughest of the four Slams?

  1. Australian Open

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  2. French Open

    58.2%
  3. Wimbledon

    9.0%
  4. US Open

    9.7%
  1. saram

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    I have often wondered what other tennis fans and enthusiasts consider to be the most demanding Slam in their opinion.

    For me, the French Open is my favorite Slam to watch--but I think the heat of the Australian Open makes make it slightly tougher physically and mentally.

    In your opinion, what is the toughest Slam and why?
     
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  2. Booyah

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    oops voted for wrong one, but i think wimbledon just because if you play back to back grand slams, after playing french open its important to be in top physical shape and be ready to play your best tennis at wimbledon.
     
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  3. saram

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    ^^Good point--had not thought about that.
     
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  4. SirBlend12

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    ^^^ Agree.

    Though, I could say USO for start times/scheduling. I was planing on driving out to Flushing this summer to watch but I don't know how I feel about seeing a match at 3 AM.
     
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  5. Feña14

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    I like the point about Wimbledon being straight after the French, it's tough on the body and also doesn't allow you much time to adapt to the change in surface.

    I'd have to go with the Australian Open though, the heat there is brutal.
     
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  6. Blinkism

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    The French Open is a struggle to win, as you're going to have to struggle through longer rallies and games than @ the other 3 slams. However, as the AO and Wimby have slowed down over time, this is not as true as it used to be and as we've seen in the last Wimby (long final) and the last AO (longest match, and a 5 set final), marathons are not exclusive to the French anymore.

    However, it is the most demanding for anyone but Nadal to win at this point. For him, not so much.

    Good point about Wimbledon, though. However, the type of player that would excel @ the French (and thus have played more matches at the FO) is not usually the type of player that goes far in Wimbledon (i'm talking your usual clay courter), so maybe this is only true of the guys on the top and not the rest in the top 50.
     
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  7. seffina

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    Wimbledon: The quick surface change from the slowest to one of the fastest (I know, I know), only one lead in tournament, and the pressure of it being the most prestigious slam.
     
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  8. breadstick

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    Also, with all the rain delays it can be hard to keep momentum in a match.

    There will be a roof at Wimbledon this year no?
     
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  9. maximo

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    Yes, the roof will be used this year.
     
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  10. miyagi

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    I will say the French....your serve gives you very few free points and the rallies are generally longer.

    Also the field seems to be quite close (aside from top 3) in terms of skill.

    A.O heat is something that shouldn't be taken for granted I would say that is the 2nd toughest.
     
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  11. Ocean Drive

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    Australian Open
     
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  12. armsty

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    Aussie cause of the heat.
     
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  13. boredone3456

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    French Open 1st because of the Grinding nature of clay, its hard on the body since there are more long rallies and power won't necessarily get you through matches, you have to be able to grind out points instead of powering through them like you can do on hard courts and grass to a degree.

    Australian 2nd because that heat can get to you since people are not used to blazing heat in January and it can really throw you through a loop.

    Wimby 3rd, the rains can be annoying (the roof will only be on center court so they will still be a factor especially in early rounds) and the quick surface change isn't always a change players can adjust to fast enough.

    US open is 4th, Honestly, yeah its hot at that time of year...but nothing like Australia, and the only problem I can see is the start time issue, but nothing else really stacks up.
     
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  14. mawashi

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    French, no question. Very little chance to win easy points.

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  15. jefferson

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    I say the AO just due to the heat. I wouldnt have said it until this year, but it was brutal there this year.
     
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  16. Nadal_Freak

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    From an aerobic standpoint, I would say you would burn more calories at the French Open. Hardcourts are rougher on the body. US Open is unfair with playing the semis the day before the finals. In particular giving Nadal/Murray the second match on that day before the final. So it depends on the situation and what your definition of demanding is. I guess it sounds more like you are talking about which is rougher on your body?
     
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  17. saram

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    Freak,

    What I meant by demanding is what takes the most amount of physical effort over the course of the two weeks. I have always thought and respected the FO for this very reason--but the heat of this year's AO made me change my mind. As well, most of the players on tour are not used to the heat as the players home countries are mostly experiencing winter months and the players are suddenly in temps of 30C/100F or above for two weeks.
     
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  18. batz

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    It depends on what is meant by 'most demanding'.

    I'm going to say the US Open. Why?

    It comes toward the end of the season after a lot of tennis has already been played, the surface is tough on the body, there are more players capable of playing at high level on that surface and of course the scheduling.
     
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  19. jaggy

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    The US comes at the end of a very draining hard court summer so tough to be fully fit.
     
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  20. srinrajesh

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    I voted for french open but there are reasons for all 4 GS to be truthful

    French Open
    Physically it is the hardest slam to win as its long rallies and slow surface reducing the free points on serve makes it great surface for viewers for groundstrokes

    Australian Open
    The heat on courts and the fact that this GS is so early in the season makes it hard for the players to be match fit as they are coming back from offseason vacation break

    Wimbledon
    This requires a great adjustment from clay to grass and there is at most 1 grass tuneup which is the immediate week after the french open. Also getting used to rain delays would be frustating

    US Open
    This is the slam that requires the highest focus as there are lot of distractions including the number of planes because of the near by airport and the noisy fans.
    Another reason is the back to back SF and Finals which is the dumbest scheduling which only caters to TV audience ratings and reduces the quality of the final definitely..
     
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  21. oy vey

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    AO due to heat and conditions ...coming after extended Xmas break.
     
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  22. CocaCola

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    French Open for everybody except Nadal...
     
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  23. beneszilo

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    French Open
     
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  24. matchmaker

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    French Open. You have to win each point three times.

    Although a case is to be made for the AO, as the heat makes it extremely demanding.
     
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  25. tahiti

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    I say Wimbledon. There are just hardly any grass tournaments so always must feel like a new surface. Finally, rain delays will be a thing of the past, but they were a real pain...
     
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  26. wickfox

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    Voted for French Open, because of the surface & long rallies. Great to watch :)
     
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  27. Nadal_Freak

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    Wimbledon is the least taxing. It is close between the French Open and the Australian Open.
     
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    Sampras never winning the FO, means he was really fit most of the time he entered wimbledon. To win wimbledon, all Pete needed to do was 'show up'...the rest of the field were dead tired. :)
     
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  29. Cyan

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    French Open.
     
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    Most physically and mentally tough, the afternoon matches at the AO, and the FO in general. Finesse-wise, fast grass at Wimbledon.
     
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  31. Andyk028

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    The French...watch a modern day American at Roland Garros for my reasoning.
     
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  32. tintin

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    Australian Open hands down- I don't think playing in 120 degree weather is much fun

    if your a great mover and know how to play on clay from the start;you expect to play longer rallies;your mindset is used to it and you know that you can't serve your way out of a match when it comes down to the French Open for Europeans and South Americans but I guess for hard court specialists like Roddick;Hewitt;Fish;Blake;Querrey;Ginepri and even Murray who is still sup-par compared to the likes of Federer;Nadal;Djokovic;Simon and the rest of the top 10-20;you might think it's hell on earth:lol:

    Wimbledon has to be up there because of all the bloody rain and the wind;now that they removed the roof
     
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  33. Gen

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    Voted for RG (long rallies, long matches, physically exhausting, etc.). But Wimbledon isn't a cakewalk either (slippery, fast, right after RG). USO is a problem because it is closer to the end of the season, and a couple of times it was so hot and humid in New York that players fainted and were carried away from the court.
     
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  34. daniels83095

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    I'd say Australian or US Open. Both require players to play in extreme heat and both require the ability to see beyond aspects that are holding back on playing such as wind, sun, rain...
     
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  35. cknobman

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    AO gets my vote. First major of year and most havent found form yet. Also dont forget to add extreme heat into the equation.
     
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  36. whoopinstick

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    It has to be wimbledon for sure. It always takes three weeks for them to finish the tournament because they have rain almost everyday.
     
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  37. Gizo

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    The Australian open. The scorching heat, fact that it is so early on in the season, and the fact that hard courts are the roughest surface on the body have already been stated. It also goes without saying that there is considerably more strength in depth, contenders, and dangerous floaters on hard courts than there is on clay or grass. The current clay court era is certainly incredibly weak IMO, and the same applies on grass. However, many, many more players are comfortable playing on hard courts, as opposed to clay and grass, which despite the fact that they have unfortunately been tampered with to play more like hard courts, are still specialist surfaces. For this reason, while Nadal's outstanding domination on clay and Federer's on grass deserve to be praised and lauded, you can make a case for Federer's hard court domination from the 2003 Masters Cup to the 2007 Masters Cup being underrated.
     
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  38. diegaa

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    roland garros could be very tough, but i think the AO is even tougher. Not only the extreme on-court heat is punishing the players, but add to it that for many players it's the first tournie of the season. I would tend to believe these guys ended up more exhausted than in the FO.
     
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  39. egn

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    If we say long rallies make a slam demanding than France but Wimbledon comes right after that with no warm up to grass exception of 2 weeks of grass tournaments so I would say Wimby
     
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  40. Nadal_Freak

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    Not anymore. They have a roof now.
     
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  41. halalula1234

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    the french because of the wrong rallies and the RUDE crowds you have to be on your sharpest and not loose concentration...but i think the slam most ppl want to win is wimbledon so i voted for that because i wasnt really sure what u're after.
     
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  42. Jimmyk459

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    US open because it is at the end of the year and everyone is exhausted.
     
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  43. veroniquem

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    Yes and you could add because there is a tie-break in the 5th set which I think is a terrible shame.
     
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  44. Cyan

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    The AO is definetely the second most demanding to win because of the heat.
     
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  45. Skywalker91

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    French the ball moves slower so you gotta run after more tennis balls and your shots are easier to hit. So long rallies. In wimbledon the ball moves so fast the points over quickly.
     
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  46. whoopinstick

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    Only for one court
     
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  47. Safinator_1

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    very nice. i agree except imo AO is the toughest due to extremly hot weather especially this year with temperatures rising past 45 degrees :eek:. I know some people can handle it better than others but i honestly can't i would feel very drained quickly especially if its going to be a 5 set marathon i would probably throw in the towel or hope my opponent does
     
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  48. Mkie7

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    I am curious what the players have got to say. For some reason I think its AO because of the extreme heat. I was there in 2007 and it was a torture just to watch in the heat. I can't imagine how the players feel.
     
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  49. CanadianChic

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    I went out on a limb with the AO.
     
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  50. darkestlights

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    Aus Open. Even the fans watching had signs saying "PLEASE CLOSE THE ROOF!"
     
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