Originally Posted by Aneto
Why people say that the grass(Wlimbledon) court is slower nowadays?
It is slower. I read that the grass was blended with a variety that has more tolerance for being cut very short. The shorter the grass is cut, the less of the waxy blades of the grass there is for the ball to skid off of. Wimbledon has always been a bit different from other grass courts due to the hard compacting of the substrate making the bounce higher than on other grass courts. Now, it is also slower than other grass courts due to the shorter cut of the grass. I would guess that it now plays similar to painted cement which was the prevailing hardcourt before they started adding an aggregate in the paint.