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Petition to Wimbledon Organisers to SPEED UP THE GRASS

In recent years the speed of the grass court surface used at the Wimbledon Championships has been decreased significantly and many tennis fans, like myself, have been displeased by the change. In order for those fans so inclined to advocate an increase in the court speed, I have created an online petition to the All England Club and the LTA to increase the speed of the grass surface.

The petition statement is as follows.

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To: The All England Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) and The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

This is a petition from tennis fans for the AELTC/LTA to increase the speed of the grass courts used at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships to a greater level than that used in 2008.

The signatories of this petition disapprove of the significant reduction in court speed that has gradually occurred at the Championships over the past five or so years.

This reduction has primarily had two negative effects. It has firstly led to a decrease in the amount of play that is traditionally associated with the Championships; serve-volleying and net-attacking play is now seen only rarely. Interrelated with this, the style of tennis played at Wimbledon has been brought into greater uniformity with the other grand slams. The signatories of this petition believe that this is pernicious to the sport of a whole, for it is largely the differences between the grand slams that constitute their greatest strength.

There has been much speculation in the media and among tennis fans that the reduction in court speed is to reduce the success of big servers on grass and thus to improve the quality of play. The signatories to an extent sympathise with this objective. However, they hereby argue that the reduction has been excessive and needs to an extent be reversed for the reasons stated above.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned
You can sign the petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/fastgras/petition.html

The LTA/All England Club of course have public contact details and I will submit it to them if it gains a credible amount of signatures. (I will also be publicising this on other tennis discussion groups).

Of course, there would exist justifiable cynicism on the effectivness of online petitions such as this, however I believe if it attains a significant number of signatures it may have some effect.

Thanks for your support.
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Signed! Good idea, does the grass is at least faster than the hardcourts nowadays??

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I'm only the 11th person! Good luck, you have a long way to go.

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Up to 42!

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Signed - 115 now

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*expecting all signatures to be from Fed fans*
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Michael Stich was calling it "Green Clay" all thru tourn and i agree with him

the way the ball bounced, thats not grass

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Signed. Thanks, great idea.

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I've always believed they purposely started slowing down the grass courts when Venus and Serena was winning all of the tournaments in singles and doubles at Wimbledon. This was their way of "leveling the playing field" because the other girls were having a hard time winning.


Also because the players from Spain and Russia (Marat) was complaining about the courts being too fast. So to get them to start playing at the all England Club they made changes in the grass. It's a shame because the fast courts are the best.
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i want nadal to win wimbledon for many years to come, so i will not sign your petition

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Signed. Really good idea. We do not need a second Roland Garros..I hate that GS with a passion...clay matches are such a bore to me...
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Signed! The bounce is ridiculously high. The Australian Open and US Open are both faster.
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