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Few things which I've noticed with the new Centre Court at Wimbledon....

1) The ball bounce is still ridiculously high (even with a new surface). A slight topspin and the ball "hangs" in mid-air like... forever.

2) However, speed has increased DRAMATICALLY. Just like old times. Serve and volley is back in play!

3) While the roof is on, the humidity and temperature is similar with the outside. And the sounds of players hitting the balls.... crisp, with an echo.

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I loved the sound of the ball as it got hit. Bliss. And yeah, much faster too!

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Does this mean Federer will win? I couldn't stand him beating Nadal.
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Does this mean Federer will win? I couldn't stand him beating Nadal.
Well, he just beat Nadal in Madrid. ON CLAY. (Then again, Nadal was injured and there's THAT match against Djoko in the semis....)

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Re: Few things which I've noticed with the new Centre Court at Wimbledon....

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1) The ball bounce is still ridiculously high (even with a new surface). A slight topspin and the ball "hangs" in mid-air like... forever.

2) However, speed has increased DRAMATICALLY. Just like old times. Serve and volley is back in play!
What do you mean, isn't that a contradiction ? How can the bounce be higher AND the surface faster at the same time ? Doesn't make sense to me (although I couldn't watch it). Did they change the grass again or is it just a misleading impression because of the roof ?
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It means Nadal wont make the final......

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I disagree about the higher bounce, but it deffo seems faster.

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Well, he just beat Nadal in Madrid. ON CLAY. (Then again, Nadal was injured and there's THAT match against Djoko in the semis....)
Yeah, if Nadal hadn't played that match yesterday he would've won. Everything was in Federer's favour, if he didn't win he might as well have retired.
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Good for Marion so. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Few things which I've noticed with the new Centre Court at Wimbledon....

Definitely faster. Didn't really notice a higher bounce, thought it was similar to last year's bounce.
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Faster , the better. Go WS and Fed
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maria vs venus is gona be SUPER noisy if the roof is closed!!!
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Re: Few things which I've noticed with the new Centre Court at Wimbledon....

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1) The ball bounce is still ridiculously high (even with a new surface). A slight topspin and the ball "hangs" in mid-air like... forever.

2) However, speed has increased DRAMATICALLY. Just like old times. Serve and volley is back in play!

3) While the roof is on, the humidity and temperature is similar with the outside. And the sounds of players hitting the balls.... crisp, with an echo.

Any thoughts??
Re the bounce, Steffi's slice stayed incredibly low. But if you hit with topspin the ball will bounce up - nothing new. I saw a replay of a Borg v Geralitus match from Wim 1977 the other day - when they were in baseline rallies the ball was sometimes bouncing shoulder high.
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YES!!!!! A faster court is awesome for Feds and Maria
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