Originally Posted by Brian Purdie
So how do you "rig" the court for a fast court player. Make it smoother, with less grip? More like a hardwood floor than a rough, sandpaper-like finish? Has this ever been proven to have been done in the past by tounament officials at the highest and lowest levels?
Well, it's clearly possible - the technique is to put more (or less) sand in the acrylic layer, or so the commentators say. This will make the ball bite into hte court more (or less) making the surface slower (faster.)
Whether it's done at the US Open is debatable - all I have on this is rumors, though I wouldn't at all be surprised. It would only be possible at a tournament at which the courts are resurfaced often enough - at the Open, that's done each year. So it's a possibility.