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Should the Australian Open be changed to a carpet surface?

Since we have 2 hardcourts in the form of Australian and US Open, should the Australian Open change its surface to the carpet version? There would be 4 different surfaces then, rather than having only 3.

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The AO and U.S. Open surfaces are different. The AO is rebound Ace(soft hardcourt). Someone correct me if i am wrong

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Yes it should be changed...there are only like 4 rebound ace tournaments, with many more indoor tournaments, including some at the beginning of the year (Antwerp, Tokyo, Paris) If the AO was to later in the year, as well as the othe rebound ace tournaments being moved to later and onto carpet, and moving the Antwerp/Paris tournaments earlier to where the AO is now, it would be a good season. Besides the fact that RA is so rarely used in other tournaments, there is the fact that RA has been shown to cause more injuries than any other surface, even regular hardcourts. That may have been a little discombobulated....


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It would be nearly impossible for a GS to be played on carpet...ALL the courts would practically have to be indoors and/or have a retractable roof....pretty much all carpet tournaments are entirely indoors.....think of how much that would cost for a GS!
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ditto to what martina fan said... plus rebound ace is fair
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I think they should change it to a slow hardcourt like Miami or Indian Wells.
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The hard courts, particularly Rebound Ace, cause more injuries than any other surface. Some form of outdoor carpet surface needs to be found. Or go back to grass. (we'll lend them Alan Titchmarsh to show them how to grow it.)

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here we go again.


First of all, I don't know why people confuse indoor with carpet.

Carpet is one of the possible surfaces for indoor tournaments (just like decotour II is one for outdoor tournaments).

In fact Carpet is only use in Tokyo right now, most indoor tournaments are hardcourt.

Carpet is designed specifically for indoor venues.

You can't have a GS indoors, there are no stadiums with enough capacity, it ain't happening, not now, not in a million years.

Think of the Stapples center, a huge, really huge indoor stadium, the capacity is ok, but it only has one court. you need 18-20 courts for a GS, and at least two courts with 10,000 + seats and one with 5000 + seats.
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no...not carpet
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By "carpet" could be meant an OUTDOOR artificial surface (Hessian, synthetic grass?) that had some give in it that would replace the dangerous surface used now.

Nobody is talking about holding a slam indoors.

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Because it rains and every Slam, carpet would be horrible to dry. Think about it using common sense. Even WITH a retractable roof on every single court, there is still gonna be some rain getting on to the court, because the roof can only go so fast.

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here we go again.


First of all, I don't know why people confuse indoor with carpet.

Carpet is one of the possible surfaces for indoor tournaments (just like decotour II is one for outdoor tournaments).

In fact Carpet is only use in Tokyo right now, most indoor tournaments are hardcourt.

Carpet is designed specifically for indoor venues.

You can't have a GS indoors, there are no stadiums with enough capacity, it ain't happening, not now, not in a million years.

Think of the Stapples center, a huge, really huge indoor stadium, the capacity is ok, but it only has one court. you need 18-20 courts for a GS, and at least two courts with 10,000 + seats and one with 5000 + seats.
Aren't there carpet courts at the Kremlin Cup?

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No, they should leave the slams how they are.

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The US Open and Austrailian Open SHOULD go back to GRASS. (or maybe one should be green clay)

They BOTH went to Hard Court and Rebound Ace to lower maintenance costs.
Rebound Ace is hardest on ankles, Hard courts affect the whole body.

They dont give a shyt how many injuries the players sustain.

Imagine if Pro Basketball was played on concrete! Wood is bad enough.
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i like the rebound ace surface but the injuries are a bit of a worry. carpet it would be good but as said tough with the courts etc having to be indoors. i think the closest to an outdoor carpet type surface might be synthetic grass....

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