What changed the game the more?

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What has changed the game the most?

  1. A > B > C

    13.5%
  2. A > C > B

    2.7%
  3. B > A > C

    29.7%
  4. B > C > A

    43.2%
  5. C > A > B

    2.7%
  6. C > B > A

    8.1%
  1. wimble10

    wimble10 Semi-Pro

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    What changed the game the most?

    I'm sure it has been discussed here before but I would like to know how people feel about what has changed tennis more since the '80's. I think most would agree that the advances in sports nutrition, psychology, and advances in training have played a huge part. But racquet/string technology and court surface changes also have played a part. What do you think has made the biggest contribution to the current game since the '80s.

    A. sports nutrition/psychology/advances in training
    B. racquets/strings
    C. surface/balls
     
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  2. Tammo

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    Interesting poll, I would say B>C, because the racquets are modified to play different surfaces. I don't know where A will fit in, so my picks are A>B>C, B>A>C and B>C>A
     
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  3. wimble10

    wimble10 Semi-Pro

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    I went with B > A > C.. I think it would have been simpler to just to compare racquets/strings VS surface/balls, but I thought that the advances in player fitness/conditioning also play a part.
     
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  4. kaku

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    B>C>A for me. Put A last mainly because the physical requirements nowadays are due to slower surfaces
     
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  5. big_bill

    big_bill Rookie

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    B>A>C

    10char
     
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  6. mattennis

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    Wood to graphite was, possibly, the biggest change (happened at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s).

    Strings (luxilon, copoly...) at the end of the 90s and specially at the beginning of the 00s was almost as big a change (as wood to graphite was 20 years earlier).

    And surface homogenization (slowing down of all the former fast hard courts, and elimination of carpet) plus slower fluffier balls, has been a huge change as well (in the last 5-10 years).
     
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  7. urban

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    Coaching. I doubt, if surfaces were faster, that we would see a different game. Nadal, Djokovic, even Federer simply don't have the game to come to the net more, they have to grind it out. I believe, that many coaches of today - following the Bollettieri model - don't know how to teach a proper net game, which means approach shots, volleys under pressure, half-volleys, which stay low and long, and not the least a certain confidence and tactical awareness to play the forecourt. It would certainly help, if top players would play doubles more. The last generation with an allcourt game, people like Stich, Leconte, Becker, Forget, Sampras, could play and did play doubles successfully in DC and in minor tournaments.
     
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  8. The Baseline

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    Polyester changed the game. I just recently used an old Dunlop Max 200g and can tell you that racquet technology nas not changed one bit, it just got lighter and cheaper. Polyester in that max 200g made that racquet from an antique to a racquet that is better than any modern frame made today. With poly that racquet is more powerful than any new tweener that ive hit with. its unreal.
     
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