Japan Carpet Surface
Just curious if anyone from Japan knows how the carpet surface plays on their ITF circuit? I've googled some information, and the surface that seems to come up most is something called "Toray spuck turf." Toray is obviously the manufacturer, but aside from that, it's not much help. I'm curious if you know the following:
1) Are the women's ITF tournaments in Gifu, Fukuoka and Kurume played on this same Toray spuck turf surface, or is it a different surface? If so, what is the surface formally called?
2) How does this carpet surface play -- fast, slow? Is the bounce of the ball closer to a hardcourt/grasscourt speed or more like a clay court? How is the player movement -- can you stop and move, or do you have to slide a bit like clay?
I was told there is a "sand" substance on the carpet, but that's pretty non-descript. I'm hoping some local Japanese person or circuit expert could help me out on this.
Thank you in advance.