Talk Tennis Guru
The Spaniards are not dumb at all. People are dumb in the past for not noticing the technicality and bringing it forward. They can't be blamed for bringing it up. They are smart to do so, whether or not the surface will be changed. The ITF will now fix this technicality in their rules to avoid future problems.How?
They are NOT going to have a surface change. The spaniards know that. I can't believe that they are dumb as to believe that they will get a surface change so late in the proceedings.
But they do make a good point about the surface. The exact same surface(with the whole brand name thing and being customized and all that) is played only in SAP Open. And because the composition(of the court) is sold under different brand names over in Europe and some of the standards differ a bit means that the spaniards don't know which practice courts(HC of course) near them play similar to the one chosen by the US. See the whole "I thought Greenset was similar to Premiere" surprise the spaniards had back in 2007.
The ITF will clear this up and hopefully we won't have such discussions in the future.
I can't believe people are still talking about the court speed. This is not about the speed but about familiarity with the court.
I've made this point before. Spaniards got their ass handed to them by the French on a very fast indoor court and there wasn't any comment about the surface.