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Serena Williams Against Rebound Ace

TRIPLE champion Serena Williams yesterday urged Australian Open organisers to dump Rebound Ace in favour of hardcourt.
Former world No. 1 Williams welcomed the probable replacement of rubberised Rebound Ace as the Open's surface, a move exclusively reported in the Herald Sun almost two months ago.

Tennis Australia is reviewing all aspects of the 2007 Open, including the performance of the courts.

In use at the Open since it replaced grass in 1988, Rebound Ace has come under heavy criticism because of its heat reflection, variation in pace and tackiness in extreme conditions.

Williams, who surged to her third Melbourne Park triumph with a stunning straight-sets triumph against Maria Sharapova eight weeks ago, was excited at the prospect of a new surface.

"That would be awesome," Williams said after her 6-1 6-4 win against Czech Nicole Vaidisova in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open yesterday.

"I mean, I'm tired of the blisters I get down there (Melbourne). It's just too much. The Rebound Ace kills your feet. My feet are still suffering from that.

"Every year I go there, I get bad blisters and I'm sore.

"And then I tape my ankles because you always twist them because it's like playing on rubber.

"I can't complain because I've done pretty well there, but I do well on hard surfaces.

"I wouldn't be upset at all. It would be a lot easier on everyone, to be honest."

TA chief executive Steve Wood and tournament director Craig Tiley revealed in January Rebound Ace would be part of a comprehensive tournament review.

It is understood several rival court suppliers are now locked in competition to become the Open's new surface.

Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Pat Rafter are among Australian players to criticise Rebound Ace during its 20-season tenure.

TA is looking not only at the Open surface issue, but also the matter of finding the best court on which to develop the nation's next champions. Several coaches have called for the removal of Rebound Ace as a teaching surface.

A hardcourt similar to the US Open's Deco Turf II remains the favourite to become the new surface.

Williams will play 14th seed Shahar Peer, of Israel, who booked her place in the final four with a 6-0 6-3 rout of Italy's Tathiana Garbin.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Re: Serena Williams Against Rebound Ace

US open dont use RA do they?

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mmmmm but two slams on hard court? i don't really fancy that...

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Lets use indoor carpets!

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Re: Serena Williams Against Rebound Ace

another grass slam would be great

i like the rebound ace though, it's a shame that it's not a nice surface for the players
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They should have an indoor slam, but it'd be a BITCH to have over 200+ matches in 14 days.

Although rain wouldn't be an issue, a complex of that size would be almost impossible to construct.

Can't they just make it a slower HC w/o making it tooo similar to the US Open surface?

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Carpet indoor pleeeze!
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I wan't Outdoor RA to be replaced with Indoor Carpet.
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Rebound Ace is quite a unique surface to play on, but it suxs that players have to get blisters from it & to make matters worse twist their ankle on it. several players have suffered from this surface just when they had the opportunity to go further in the draw of a competition.
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She really can't complain since it's her best slam.
She's tied now with Martina Hingis in championships on rebound ace.
One more and she'll be tied with Steffi who has the most slams on rebound ace.

I actually like rebound ace.
I hope they take their time choosing their new surface.

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Re: Serena Williams Against Rebound Ace

I like rebound ace, a better roofing structure/mechanism is what they need.

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Re: Serena Williams Against Rebound Ace

I would flip out if they put two Slams on hardcourt (can you imagine the tards on MTF and the claytards on tour!??!). If it does switch, they should make it as much like rebound ace as possible minus the stickiness, but keep it slow.
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