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There is no difference in physical abilities between men and women and this discussion is therefore absurd 1 1.92%
Despite the differences in physical abilities between men and women, women’s players are not disadvantaged by the dimensions of the courts 17 32.69%
Courts are just fine the way it is 28 53.85%
Women’s tennis would benefit from having their own courts 6 11.54%
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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 2012, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Are actual tennis courts suitable for women's tennis?

Modern tennis is born in 1874 and the All England Club held the first Wimbledon tournament in 1877. The court became rectangular and professionals were allowed in world-class tournaments from 1968 – the Open era. Since then, the dimensions of the court haven't changed, as well as the net height. Dimensions that were determined based on men's physical capabilities. Since the average man is higher than the average woman, stronger and faster, we can reasonably ask whether a court created for men is suitable as well for women's players.

Players like Wozniacki or Zheng (and many others) often struggle to hit the ball across the whole length of the court, because of their lack of power. Meanwhile, male's players can hit the ball over a long distance with a disconcerting ease. And how many ATP's players struggle to hit their service ball over the net because of their small size, as it happens to Zheng? Other women's players show no trouble to hit with depth, but I often have the feeling that they need to overhit in order to generate that power, with the result that they lose in control what they gain in power. If the courts were a little smaller, they might be able to play inside their limits. Many women's players seem out of position when they go to the net, perhaps because they lack the time to position themselves. Unable to accelerate as well as their male's counterpart, they still need to run the same distance on court. Once again, a smaller court could benefit them.

It's obvious that modern players are taller and more powerful than ever and players like Sharapova or Kvitova are not as disadvantaged as Zheng or Kirilenko, but even they haven't the physical abilities of a man in terms of natural power or acceleration. Furthermore, if the players are increasingly tall, it is not because women in general have grown, but rather because the smaller players can't penetrate the Tour. How many skilled players are we losing merely on the basis of their size?

So, do you think that women's tennis would be better if the courts were resized to suit the physical abilities of women players? Discuss.

NB: this discussion has a mere academic purpose, since I perfectly know that the various tournaments will not change their courts in oder to suit women's tennis.
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Yes, plenty of women have done amazing things on tennis courts.
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the size of the courts is not a problem, but the courts are definitely too slow for women's game.

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Yes, plenty of women have done amazing things on tennis courts.
Why did you edit your post about Henin You were right about her. She was amazing. But she was also a prodigy. I am more concerned by the average player.
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the size of the courts is not a problem, but the courts are definitely too slow for women's game.
Agreed. Speeding up Hard Courts would do wonders for the quality of Women's tennis

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Yer, it's the speed of the courts that overall hurts the womens game. The problem is the speed of courts is going to be dictated to by the men thus is not likely to change anytime soon. If a lot of the men are struggling to hit through the courts, it's obvious the women are going to struggle.

There is no real outstanding defender in womens tennis though. You have people who get a lot of balls back, but unlike ATP you don't have anyone who is able to consistently turn defence into attack on a dime.
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The size isn't a problem at all.

WTA only tournaments should speed up the courts.
The rallies would only get better and players would arrive in better conditions for the Slams.

When you have a Berdych who can't hit through some courts, there's no way in hell a WTA player will be able achieve that.
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The size isn't a problem at all.

WTA only tournaments should speed up the courts.
The rallies would only get better and players would arrive in better conditions for the Slams.

When you have a Berdych who can't hit through some courts, there's no way in hell a WTA player will be able achieve that.
How are you going to go about this though. Majority of big events are joint events? The slams have slowed down too. So players are going to want surfaces that are similar to them in the build up. There is just no viable way for the WTA to actually go about speeding up the courts sadly.
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Nothing wrong with the size of the court. Just need a faster surface for more entertainment value.
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I don't watch the tournament but the courts at the Dubai Open are blazing fast, how are the matches there?

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Nothing wrong with the court size, it just needs to be faster.

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Re: Are actual tennis courts suitable for women's tennis?

Women are generally shorter, weaker and slower than men due to the differences in the gender biology. As a result, it's a tougher task for them to cover the court or having an advantage on serve comparing to the men.



However, this aspect results in longer, more dramatic shot rallies and getting broken more often when on serve all of which contribute to the appeal of the women game. So the recent courts are just fine for the women. They just play a different ball game on those courts.



Plus having different courts is just too complicated, too expensive and too inconvenience, therefore unnecessary.
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Women are generally shorter, weaker and slower than men due to the differences in the gender biology. As a result, it's a tougher task for them to cover the court or having an advantage on serve comparing to the men.



However, this aspect results in longer, more dramatic shot rallies and getting broken more often when on serve all of which contribute to the appeal of the women game. So the recent courts are just fine for the women. They just play a different ball game on those courts.



Plus having different courts is just too complicated, too expensive and too inconvenience, therefore unnecessary.
I could have not said that better!
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Players like Wozniacki or Zheng (and many others) often struggle to hit the ball across the whole length of the court, because of their lack of power.
WTF you make it sound like gajdosova should be proud of what she usually does.


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Re: Are actual tennis courts suitable for women's tennis?

None of the men who played Wimbledon in 1877 would get a game of today's top women players. Players (and their equipment) have adapted to the size of the courts. As others have mentioned it's the speed of the courts that could be tinkered with, though with more tournaments becoming mixed opportunities to do that are reduced.
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