Will '07 Aussie Open be played on REBOUND ACE or no?

Does anyone have any information on whether the upcoming 2007 Australian Open will be played on REBOUND ACE hard court or a faster hard court surface?
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
Much to the displeasure of local boy, Lleyton Hewitt, the tourney will be played on Rebound Ace. Does anyone know how long the tourney has been played on Rebound Ace?
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
thanks. yeah, i found the article below, which says it will be a bit faster but still "REBOUND ACE." apparently, the surface played a bit slower the first week last year than the second week, and the "change" that will be made is supposed to remedy this inconsistency. interesting. we'll see what happens.


http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/courting-hewitt-open-to-present-quicker-surface/2006/10/03/1159641325268.html
Thanks for the article. It's so ridiculous that a player would request a surface change to improve their chances...it's even more ridiculous that tournament officials would comply. Have American players ever requested a surface change at the U.S. Open, British players at Wimbledon, French players at the French, etc? This is one of several reasons why Hewitt is disliked among the players as well as the fans.

P.S. Does anyone know if the Australian Open has always been played on Rebound Ace?
 
Thanks for the article. It's so ridiculous that a player would request a surface change to improve their chances...it's even more ridiculous that tournament officials would comply. Have American players ever requested a surface change at the U.S. Open, British players at Wimbledon, French players at the French, etc? This is one of several reasons why Hewitt is disliked among the players as well as the fans.
but didn't he complain because they made the surface slower compare to what it was before ?
in this case, it can be understandable that he complains about it...
P.S. Does anyone know if the Australian Open has always been played on Rebound Ace?
obviously, it always has been (since they gave up the grass) :
The Australian Open Grand Slam tournament has been played on Rebound Ace court surfaces since 1988.
from : http://www.reboundace.com/AceSurfaces_8536-3.pdf
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
It's so ridiculous that a player would request a surface change to improve their chances...it's even more ridiculous that tournament officials would comply. Have American players ever requested a surface change at the U.S. Open, British players at Wimbledon, French players at the French, etc? This is one of several reasons why Hewitt is disliked among the players as well as the fans.

P.S. Does anyone know if the Australian Open has always been played on Rebound Ace?
The governing bodies for the respective country's Slams in the past set up the courts to favor their current #1. The players didn't have to ask for it. Hewitt's beef is that they made the courts fast for Rafter and Flip. And the USO certainly knew fast courts helped Sampras. I think the tournament directors must not feel that anything they do to the court speed will get Hewitt to the winner's circle and thus are going for the speed to give the best overall play - I applaud them for that.

The AO has been on Rebound Ace since it went to Melbourne (Flinders) Park. It was grass before that at Kooyong.
 

The tennis guy

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the article. It's so ridiculous that a player would request a surface change to improve their chances...it's even more ridiculous that tournament officials would comply. Have American players ever requested a surface change at the U.S. Open, British players at Wimbledon, French players at the French, etc? This is one of several reasons why Hewitt is disliked among the players as well as the fans.

P.S. Does anyone know if the Australian Open has always been played on Rebound Ace?
You normally make sense, but now you don't.

Australia Open has been played on rebound ace since 1988.

It's not Hewitt who should be blamed in this case, rather tennis Australia which is why the head resigned after the event this year. Australia Open has always been mediumd speed rebound ace since it started to use it. Last year, it changed to slow for no-apparent reason, also changed the sponsorship from Slazenger ball to Wilson heavy duty ball which made the event slower than ever. Many players complained about the sudden change. Remember, many big matches were played indoor last year due to heat and rain, it was still so slow according to players.

Tennis Australia didn't want to admit the truth just like Wimbledon. We didn't make the court slower, but it was slow. We are not going to speed up the court this year, but it is faster. What ********. Just like Wimbledon, we didn't intentionally slow down the grass court, we just made the grass more durable. But why the hell did you open the tennis ball weeks ahead of the tournament starts if you don't intentionally slow down the game?

It's time people just call out those liars with foot in their mouth rather than blaming the players who complain about it because they should.
 
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ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
I kind of agree with Hewitt.They have basically maded this a clay GS.Its suppose to be a medium pace surface and its not even that anymore.I hope its faster.
 

Watcher

Semi-Pro
So it's going to be a faster court? How much faster? Around the speed of the USO courts?
I don't know much about the composition of tennis courts (I just look at results, which means not looking much deeper than whether it's hard, clay, grass, carpet), but I doubt that it would be as fast as the US Open courts. They don't use Rebound Ace I don't think, so.
 

The tennis guy

Hall of Fame
So it's going to be a faster court? How much faster? Around the speed of the USO courts?
Significant faster than last year, but not as fast as US Open where the bounce is much lower. It just goes back to its original medium speed, neutral court reward both attacking and defending.
 

Feña14

Legend
I would of really thought that they would of catered to the needs of the home players like Hewitt and Philippoussis. The same thing has happened at Wimbledon where the courts are slower which has hindered Henman. I can understand that the organisers want the best possible tournament and that's why they have the courts set up as they are but being English, seeing Henman going deep would be the best possible thing for the tournament. The amount of attention the tournament would get from the media, fans etc.. would be huge.

It's always the way it goes over here in England. It's the same with cricket where every Country sets their pitches up to favour their home side but in England we make slow batting pitches that favour the opposition. It gets frustrating but I suppose i'm just going to have to get used to it.
 

BlackSheep

Rookie
I don't know much about the composition of tennis courts (I just look at results, which means not looking much deeper than whether it's hard, clay, grass, carpet), but I doubt that it would be as fast as the US Open courts. They don't use Rebound Ace I don't think, so.
Significant faster than last year, but not as fast as US Open where the bounce is much lower. It just goes back to its original medium speed, neutral court reward both attacking and defending.
Thanks guys!
 

AndrewD

Legend
The governing bodies for the respective country's Slams in the past set up the courts to favor their current #1.
Actually, the only major that set up the courts to favour their current #1 was the US Open when it transferred to hard court.

Neither Rafter, Cash or Hewitt received any favours from Rebound Ace (Cash was penalised when the Oz tranferred from grass), England hasn't had a number one that could be favoured since Fred Perry (including Henman) and Noah, Leconte and Forget (France's most likely winners of a major) were put at a disadvantage by playing on clay (making Noah's win a complete anomaly). Prior to the open era it was all grass or clay so no real advantage to any player. Introducing hard courts to the US Open, on the other hand, was a significant advantage for American players, especially Connors and McEnroe, but a decided disadvantage for Borg and Vilas (Slew Hester, president of the USTA at the time, stated that was the intention).
 
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OK.

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Thanks for the article. It's so ridiculous that a player would request a surface change to improve their chances...it's even more ridiculous that tournament officials would comply. Have American players ever requested a surface change at the U.S. Open, British players at Wimbledon, French players at the French, etc? This is one of several reasons why Hewitt is disliked among the players as well as the fans.

P.S. Does anyone know if the Australian Open has always been played on Rebound Ace?
The surface of the AO was considerbly slower in 2006 when comared to any other year.... Even Federer commented on how much different the courts were and how they were alot slower this year (2006). Yes the surface of the 07 AO is faster than the 06 AO, but the 07 AO's court pace is the same as previous years (other than 06) (example- 05,04,03,02......) :D
 
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