The surface at the 2016 Olympics!

#4
I thought it's going to be a Decoturf, but apparently they decide to go with Green Set, the surface they use for the ATP Finals in the O2 arena in London.

"The Olympic Tennis Centre, located in Barra Olympic Park, will play host to the tennis event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The surface for the event will be hard court, supplied by GreenSet Worldwide."

http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/venue/barra-olympic-park.aspx
Also in Paris Bercy
 
#15
I thought it's going to be a Decoturf, but apparently they decide to go with Green Set, the surface they use for the ATP Finals in the O2 arena in London.

"The Olympic Tennis Centre, located in Barra Olympic Park, will play host to the tennis event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The surface for the event will be hard court, supplied by GreenSet Worldwide."

http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/venue/barra-olympic-park.aspx
Why did they remove clay in Brasil? Will Federer also have a 3-0 start in each set?
 
#24
2, 3 including 2011 Bercy. We saw what a fully focused Novak did to Rogie in the 2015 final - albeit Roger seemed to forget all about strategy.
That's what I thought. It's pretty good record.
Who knows what the actual speed of the surface will be in Brazil.:)
 
#25
Not at his age, I think.

:cool:
Look at where he's been winning most of his titles (and matches against Djokovic) in recent times. And look at the progression of his clay record. Federer has become more and more a fast-court specialist as he ages, and clearly worse on slower courts.

The WTF surface is passable for him nonetheless, though, given that it's pretty low bouncing.
 
#26
2, 3 including 2011 Bercy. We saw what a fully focused Novak did to Rogie in the 2015 final - albeit Roger seemed to forget all about strategy.
It will play different outdoors depending on the temperature (the ball will actually). I don't know what Rio weather is like during August.
 
#27
It will play different outdoors depending on the temperature (the ball will actually). I don't know what Rio weather is like during August.
August appears to be one of the cooler winter months - in Fahrenheit, typically between 65 and 75, not too much rain or humidity relative to the summer months
 
#29
August appears to be one of the cooler winter months - in Fahrenheit, typically between 65 and 75, not too much rain or humidity relative to the summer months
This has been a really warm year world wide though. But cold (below 20 celsius) benefits Novak. Hard to imagine him losing on a slow hard court in cold conditions. AO, IW, and Miami are all played during heat. It would be even more ideal conditions for him than normal.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#31
What's the point of playing it on greenset? I thought the Olympics was part of USO prep, why would they use a different hardcourt?
Why would it be part of USO prep? It's a separate event that happens once every 4 years. Run by the ITF (and not the ATP) if I'm not mistaken.

Note that the Grand Slams are ITF events too, but the ATP runs the "warm up" tournaments.
 
#33
Why would it be part of USO prep? It's a separate event that happens once every 4 years. Run by the ITF (and not the ATP) if I'm not mistaken.

Note that the Grand Slams are ITF events too, but the ATP runs the "warm up" tournaments.
Yeah, but it's still during the summer, right in between Toronto and Cincy. Even if it's a separate event, wouldn't it make sense to use the same surface so it would be easier for the players?
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
#34
Why would it be part of USO prep? It's a separate event that happens once every 4 years. Run by the ITF (and not the ATP) if I'm not mistaken.
They are run by the local organising committee for the Olympic Games in collaboration with the ITF and are part of the ATP and WTA tours.
 
#40
A few updates regarding the surface in the Olympics

One of the guys involved in the construction of the tennis site (yeah, it's Brazil, it's delayed... they're yet to finish the stadium) was talking about the courts on a local TV (BandSports). Asked about the conditions of play by former brazilian player Flávio Saretta, he said the courts will be rather slowish with a moderate bounce. I'm trying to find the video of that but anyway I doubt anyone will understand a word of portuguese.
 
#44
Apparently has relation with the place (Olympic Park) being a candidate to host a Masters 1000 in near future - probably replacing Miami.
 
#49
I thought it's going to be a Decoturf, but apparently they decide to go with Green Set, the surface they use for the ATP Finals in the O2 arena in London.

"The Olympic Tennis Centre, located in Barra Olympic Park, will play host to the tennis event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The surface for the event will be hard court, supplied by GreenSet Worldwide."

http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/venue/barra-olympic-park.aspx
Should have been on clay. Without doubt.

The argument apparently was players didn't wAnt USO plans disrupted. Hence hard court. But surely deco turf should have been used.

It is tailor made for federer. As good as djokovic is on greenset, if federer is close to his best even at this stage if his career he is the likely winner on that particular surface.

Way things are shaping up 2016 May be the year Federer finally nails down the GOAT debate for eternity. If he won wimbledon and Olympics singles surely there would be no argument and we nadal fans (and djokovic fans) will be left eating humble pie!!
 
#50
Ah, you caught me. But then again, I doubt Fed will win even if they use the Cincy surface. This one's sure to go to Djokovic.
Not after the wimbledon debacle. Djokovic confidence will be dented and he more than the other big 4 needs to ride that wave of confidence. Canadian open is now must win for djokovic as if he doesn't win there then ..........
 
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