The Courts in Paris

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  1. SLD76

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    Is it a trick of the television, or do they seem to playing quick so far?
     
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    It's hot, and last year they were quicker too.

    I'm hoping for a hot two weeks, with no watering of the courts. I like the sliding and the point construction, but serve should be a shot worth having and camping in the first row isn't what I like, so I like Madrid type of courts, but not the 'old' RG ones.
     
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    they look slow
     
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    The centercourt seems much slower than the second biggest one. Don't know their names though. Just what it looked like to me, but it can have something to do with cameraangles, lenses and the distance aswell.
     
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    the balls look slow too.
     
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    ball boys look very fast...
     
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    playing super fast with the weather-- courts look very dry and dusty.. will slow down with rain and temp drop
     
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    There is a camp which says hot and dry bakes the clay and allows the ball to kick up higher.
     
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    yes. good observation. also, the commercial breaks are faster this year than last year.
     
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    Seems fair, not too fast not too slow. Reminds me of the 08 final speed.
     
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    people at the stands are taking their seats a lot faster, and the ingestion of croissants seems on pair with last year speed wise!
     
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    I hope it's fast enough to give other players some chances at going far and maybe winning the thing.
     
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    yes. Agree. I wonder if the stringers are slower or faster?? anyone have any inside information??
     
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    i think cool weather will spoil it later. anyhow it is certainly quicker than previous years. maybe 2008 speed.
     
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    They're using crank stringing machines so they are a bit slower unfortunately...
     
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    Whats weather outlook for paris? I bet itll cool off and slow up the courts... Thats when we'll see some reallll crazy matches
     
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    Rain is predicted starting from wednesday, followed by cool, cloudy weather. (down to ~18C from current 25-26C)
     
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    The effect of clay on serving is greatly overestimated in the minds of both. There's never been a surface on which a big serve wasn't effective. It literally only takes off a couple mph(i.e., serving 126 at RG is as effective as 124 on a fast court).
     
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    should make for more interesting tennis.
     
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    should give pushers free rides into 2nd week
     
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  22. Puredrivetennis

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    a W is a W
     
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    Cilic enjoying faster conditions at Roland Garros

    PARIS (AP)—At nearly 6 feet, 5 inches, the big-serving Marin Cilic poses more of a threat on grass and hard courts. But the 10th-seeded Croat is finding the current conditions at Roland Garros may suit his game.

    Cilic beat Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the French Open on Sunday.

    “It was pretty hot and the ball was bouncing,” Cilic said. “And I think it was pretty similar to last year. Compared to these other tournaments on clay, I think here (it) is a bit faster as the balls are pretty quick.”


    http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-frenchopen-notebook

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    i think there is going to be rain soon.
     
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    this is definitely to make nadal lose.
    how amazing is that, they had to change an entire tournament to make one player lose.
    does this show the greatness of nadal?

    the courts are faster than wimbledon and the aussie open.
    no question about it.
     
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    get out. :lol:
     
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    Hope you all enjoy the French.
     
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    Well look what they're doing at Wimbledon to Federer but that's not affecting him eventhough it should be benefitting Nadal :D
     
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    Slower i was told... i suspect its part of the French agenda!
     
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    They have been doing nothing to Federer in Wimbledon. The grass was replaced in 2001, and Federer started winning it in 2003. He won all his Wimbleys playing on the "new" grass.
     
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    SO now we got it from a player. it´s even quicker than Madrid.Frenchtards are crazy to get Nadal to lose. NExt year, ice courts and 1 gram balls. FO open to become the quickest tourney on the tour. keep it up haters
     
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    not only that.. i heard that players will serve from a stool... darn french frogs...

    they just cant stop hating on Poor Nadal... but nothing will stop us... "GO NADS"....
     
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    The weather is going to cool down drastically within the next few days. The courts will slow.
     
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    even if you are a federer fan, i´m sure you will agree on this statement i found somewhere: "The courts playing like they are IMO completely take away the character of what makes clay court tennis, clay court tennis. It's basically like a hard court on clay now. I see enough hard court tennis throughout the year, and now since most clay court tournaments play pretty quick now, there is little variety with the courts, they all play pretty similar, all year around. Not impressive."
     
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    its as fast as an indoor court. soderking blew 46 winners only 14 errors yesterday. federer is icing it on centre 17 winner only 4 error, 77% first serve

    its actually faster than AO and W. AO is the slowest court. W - the grass looks deadish so its slow.

    the ball is flying in roland garros. i wouldn't back nadal
     
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    Even if you're a Nadal fan I'm sure you will agree on this statement:

    Bring back the carpet as a surface and change Wimbledon and USO back to their 90s speeds.

    If Wimbledon being won 99% from baseline for the last 6 years doesn't take away the character of what makes grass tennis grass tennis then I don't know what does.
     
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    you are just Hating on our Beloved Martir.... hater hater hater...


    :)
     
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    Do you really enjoy watching people such as sampras or ivanisevic blasting aces for 2 hours rather than The stuff that Djoko, Nadal or Federer offer? Watch Indian wells or Australian open highlights, and you´ll see the best points ever. I´m sure you won´t find any sampras vs ivanisevic super points. I´m sick of the "bring back the carpet crap". We want rallies, crazy shots and stamina, players fighting hard and emotion. No more ace festivals please.
     
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    YES.


    YOU want.. not WE...
     
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    Yeah I should just go back into my cave after trolling Jesus Raf like that.

    Goran is my favourite player of all time after Fed so yes i did enjoy watching his game.Oh and watching Nadal hit 99% shots to Fed's BH for 5 hours is loads of fun.

    Good for you.

    Who's we exactly?
     
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    alright, i guess that´s a matter of taste. Anyway, i don´t think the tv ratings support your theory. People love watching federer, nadal and djoko.The majority of tennis fans go to youtube and watch federer-hewitt rally, verdasco-nadal rally or federer-nadal 08 WB final, you will agree, right? Nobody gives a damn about karlovic or isner. That´s more like olympic shooting, not enjoyble tennis. Maybe for you it is, but not for the average tennis fan i know
     
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    Yes it is a matter of taste,however where did I mention I like Karlovic and Isner?
     
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    i saw them using tecnifibre electronic stringing machines
     
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    those french... using tecnifibre... jeeezzz. they just cant stop hating on Nadal!
     
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    do you think they will use babolat stringers from next year onwards since babolat will be sponsoring the balls?
     
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    Looks like the water hose pressure has been sped up this year:

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    Cut the watering. I dislike the unity of surfaces, but when it comes to the second sunday of the French Open, it can't be too quick for me. I despise most of the Federer-Nadal matches on clay, because it's just about making the other player play below his level, especially for Nadal.

    I don't agree slower is better either. Guys like Isner and Karlovic should stand a chance, but of course not necessarily on clay. Clay can be really slow, but than the grasscourts at Wimbledon should be speeding up again too.
     
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    Thats a good observation, however, I regret to inform you that the water pressure was actually slowed down this year to match the speed of stringing. It only looks faster due to the camera angle.
     
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    ^^^Ahh, very true.

    Does anyone have a different angle of the courts being watered down???
     
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    Nadal/Federer over Sampras/Ivanisevic any time! And I say this despite being a huge admirer of both those former greats.

    How many incredible matches have the current World's top 2 given us? More than I could have predicted when their rivalry started. Hopefully it'll be another incredible final between them come second Sunday of the FO!

     
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