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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Should We Have A Longer Grass Season?

I think yes for 3 reasons:

would shorten the hard court stretch, even by a couple of weeks, and thus hopefully have some effect in reducing injuries caused by an unforgiving surface

encouarge more creativity from players at all levels of the game, as it's difficult to win on grass by doing the same thing over and over again. Even the big girls start to serve and volley at wimbledon

and most importantly it would shake yup the rankings no end. I can think of a good dozen brits, (and several other players) who could of gone from journeywoman on the challenger circuit to top 100 players with a bit mroe grass court matches.

in fairness, the grass season has actually been extended by a week this year. The itf have put in a 10k in Oxford during the first week of the french open. hurrah.

oh and there are 3 events coming up in japan (one 25k and two 50k's) which are being played on artificial grass, so i guess they kinda count too.
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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 05:52 PM
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LOL@ adding a 10k to make the grass season a bit longer
got to remember Felixstowe is back as a 25k this yr too

It would be good to see more grass matches, get rid of WWT (for part time mickey mouse/prima donna players)
move Wimbledon back 2-3 weeks.

that way you wouldnt need to kill off any US tourns

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post #3 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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YES! I love the grass season...I wish it was longer
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post #4 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 06:26 PM
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Yes I would like to see a longer grass-court season. Say from mid June to late November.
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post #5 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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adding 1 or 2 weeks could make me happier !!

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post #6 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 06:37 PM
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Grass rules, so yes.

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post #7 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 06:38 PM
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post #8 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 07:26 PM
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yes, i love grass tennis
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post #9 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 07:31 PM
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absolutely. cut down the hardcourt season. grass at 6 or 7 weeks would do everyones body some good, but we're too cheap to pay for that.
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post #10 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 07:45 PM
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But if the grass is TOO long, the balls get stuck.........

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post #11 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 07:56 PM
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post #13 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:03 PM
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Definately. Rather have the Wimbly or grass courts of old. No slowing down or make the balls heavier. Grass should remain grass, and it gives a fairer ranking. Esp. in men's tennis in the past no lack of fast courts specialists in the top 20. Same goes for Indoors mainly be played on carpet. Even wouldn't mind indoor tournaments on a wooden surface.
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post #14 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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yes please, the grass season is too short !!

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post #15 of 59 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:18 PM
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yes it should be longer serve and volley might be more widely used then

maybe a petition should be created and sent to the WTA, wouldn't work, but something is better than nothing
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