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Old 11-29-2012, 05:03 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Clarky21 View Post
I don't agree. It's much easier to adapt as a hardcourter to even more hardcourts,even if one is slightly slower than the other. Player's whose best surface is clay or grass have to adapt much more than a player whose best surface is hardcourt since the tour is something like 70% hardcourts. No matter how slow or fast they are,a hardcourter doesn't have to adapt nearly as much as a claycourter or grasscourter has to.

I would like to see less hardcourt masters,or at least don't make them all mandatory. And add a grass masters in there as well. The grasscourt season is merely a blip on the radar these days.
There's as much adapting to be done between the various hard court conditions as there was between blue clay and red clay.

The fact is, most courts in the main tennis countries are hard court. You can't go and add clay court tournaments of any note in Australia, most of Asia or North America. So, the plausible alternative is adding them in Europe... that would be patently unfair considering a big part of tennis is adapting not only to conditions but also travel. If all the clay court tournaments were in Europe then the travel aspect would be minimal compared to the current hard swings which often vary half a world away week overt a period of a few weeks. So the fair (not to mention) practical way would be to have two clay swings - one where it is now and another later in the year.

Players whose best surface is clay have put their chips on the wrong number according to where points can be made - that is simply poor planning from a young age in players who are clay court specialists. You can't force the 'market' to be something it's not. There are more hard-courts spread further around the world than clay - trying to use the 'fairness' debate in terms of how the pro season is formulated is suspiciously self-serving. Muster did it as did some notable Spanish players previously. Amazingly, after all the significant changes which have been made which have been almost entirely to clay court players benefits - the almost blanket slowing of courts at APT events globally - they still want more clay.

As I said, I'm happy for there to more clay tournaments but only if the hard courts are sped up again and, while they're at it, Wimbledon should be reverted to pre 2000 conditions.

Under these theoretical changes Nadal would have no Wimbledons or US Open titles. He would actually be worse off in his achievements, not better. Sure, his knees might hold out longer.....

If anything it's the hard court players who have reason to gripe about court conditions on tour in the past decade. Many more players have been severely hindered by the significant slowing of hard courts than clay courters by lack of clay courts.

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