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paul_masterton
Apr 15th, 2005, 05:49 PM
I think yes for 3 reasons:

would shorten the hard court stretch, even by a couple of weeks, and thus hopefully have some effect in reducing injuries caused by an unforgiving surface

encouarge more creativity from players at all levels of the game, as it's difficult to win on grass by doing the same thing over and over again. Even the big girls start to serve and volley at wimbledon

and most importantly it would shake yup the rankings no end. I can think of a good dozen brits, (and several other players) who could of gone from journeywoman on the challenger circuit to top 100 players with a bit mroe grass court matches.

in fairness, the grass season has actually been extended by a week this year. The itf have put in a 10k in Oxford during the first week of the french open. hurrah.

oh and there are 3 events coming up in japan (one 25k and two 50k's) which are being played on artificial grass, so i guess they kinda count too.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 15th, 2005, 05:52 PM
LOL@ adding a 10k to make the grass season a bit longer :rolls:
got to remember Felixstowe is back as a 25k this yr too :banana: ;)

It would be good to see more grass matches, get rid of WWT :o :yawn: (for part time mickey mouse/prima donna players)
move Wimbledon back 2-3 weeks.

that way you wouldnt need to kill off any US tourns :lol:

tennisIlove09
Apr 15th, 2005, 05:53 PM
YES! I love the grass season...I wish it was longer

creep
Apr 15th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Yes I would like to see a longer grass-court season. Say from mid June to late November.

rhz
Apr 15th, 2005, 06:36 PM
adding 1 or 2 weeks could make me happier !!

!<blocparty>!
Apr 15th, 2005, 06:37 PM
Grass rules, so yes.

sarza
Apr 15th, 2005, 06:38 PM
yes

Tati & Dani
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:26 PM
yes, i love grass tennis

SJW
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:31 PM
absolutely. cut down the hardcourt season. grass at 6 or 7 weeks would do everyones body some good, but we're too cheap to pay for that. :o

fifiricci
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:45 PM
But if the grass is TOO long, the balls get stuck......... :lol:

schris
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:56 PM
Yes

SelesFan70
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:57 PM
I dunno about grass, but DUDE! the weeds rock!

KV
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:03 PM
Definately. Rather have the Wimbly or grass courts of old. No slowing down or make the balls heavier. Grass should remain grass, and it gives a fairer ranking. Esp. in men's tennis in the past no lack of fast courts specialists in the top 20. Same goes for Indoors mainly be played on carpet. Even wouldn't mind indoor tournaments on a wooden surface.

Maria Croft
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:15 PM
yes please, the grass season is too short !!

Pdm1987
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:18 PM
yes it should be longer serve and volley might be more widely used then :)

maybe a petition should be created and sent to the WTA, wouldn't work, but something is better than nothing

crazillo
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Either NO grass anymore or an exntended season (which I would like), but I see Wimbledon being the only tournament on grass in a few years and this is just not acceptable!

But the current solution is so bad. :( But it'S hard to find venues, too.

RussiansFan
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:32 PM
Yes, I love grass very much and I agree with you at all when you say that grass season is too short!

Lapin
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:48 PM
I'll vote for that!! :yeah:

SzavayFi
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:52 PM
Definately! Dani loves the grass :worship: ;)

abcd155
Apr 15th, 2005, 09:06 PM
Yes there should be. I'd say Maria would agree with me lol.

thelittlestelf
Apr 15th, 2005, 09:40 PM
Yes!

xan
Apr 15th, 2005, 10:10 PM
They keep talking about separating Wimbledon and RG, but nothing ever happens!

I would like to see the hard court season shortened too - to prevent injuries.

BoucharDRules
Apr 15th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Yes, I agree.

The schedule makes very little sense as it is.

Albireo
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:16 PM
While we're at it, let's also get rid of all of the out-of-season clay-court tournaments that crop up like weeds around the calendar. Let the Grand Slams dictate the surface season, with the YEC being the culmination of the indoor/carpet season. Move the AO to the end of the spring hard-court season, rather than being in the middle of it. Give the whole calendar some symmetry, rather than giving it the impression of barely-controlled chaos.

arcus
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:31 PM
I think they should add a masters series event on grass, lengthen the season, and even it up.... there are so many clay events........

and, yes, ban WTT. It is worse than exhibition tennis.

416_Man
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:31 PM
I agree, but the problem is America is a larger tennis market than England. For example, look at how much money the summer hard court stretch offers. But I agree there should be 1 - 2 more weeks of grass and there should DEFINITATELY be one tier 1 grass tournament.

selesfan1
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:47 PM
There could be a grass event in the states at the Hall of Fame, or in Houston a tournie in Ireland, and in Halle, Germany.

PaulieM
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:47 PM
yes they should make the grass season longer

Andy T
Apr 16th, 2005, 06:32 AM
Yes! Maybe if Indian Wells disappears (or becomes a one week event) there will be some space created for an extra week between RG and Wimbledon. I think another key advantage of extending the Grass Court season is quite simply to give the women more time and incentive to adjust their game (and thereby develop it) to grass. A tier one on grass would be a great idea but even another tier two to go along with Eastbourne - would be good.

cadiac
Apr 16th, 2005, 06:39 AM
Tammy will be happy if it was :bounce:

Pamela Shriver
Apr 16th, 2005, 06:54 AM
Should We Have A Longer Grass Season?

But if you let the grass grow much longer, the ball won't bounce on it.

Prizeidiot
Apr 16th, 2005, 06:55 AM
Yep, easier on the bones, matches are faster, so less fatigue. Plus all the tradition. Grass is a fantastic surface and there should be more of it. And make the courts faster. No one can consistently serve volley even on grass anymore without getting destroyed.

waratahsrock
Apr 16th, 2005, 06:59 AM
Hell yes. We need more Grass court tournaments.

Jakeev
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:51 AM
Um I thought the extended grass-court season was to take place by next year or two?

Monica_Rules
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:02 PM
Definatly should be longer by a week or 2 at least!

jonny84
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:33 PM
Definitley - the grass court season is only for four weeks.

I think add at least one more week in between the French and Wimbledon - maybe even create a Tier I grass court event in between Birmingham and Eastbourne - somewhere in Europe maybe.

Gretchen44
Apr 16th, 2005, 01:37 PM
I think it should be longer.

Bezz
Apr 16th, 2005, 01:40 PM
Nope, its a horrible surface. Ace and volley fest, boring tennis.

exoneuk
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:15 PM
*puts into computer*

Computer say no :lol:

Actually, I think it's about time they did something about it. Adding 1 or 2 weeks would be a bloomin' good idea because it gives a lot more players a chance to practice on a surface they rarely get a hance to play on at the top level. Two whole weeks to practice between Clay and Grass. Wow. With this Rocher you are spoiling us! :D

Two witty remarks in one post from me. Must be a good day! Any comedy from me is usually a bonus :P

New
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:08 PM
I'm all for it... but the schedules's packed and I cant see how they can squeeze anymore tournaments...

TF Chipmunk
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:39 PM
A longer grass season would be great! Grass is such a fun surface to see players play on because it just looks so cool with the green grass and the ball zipping across the courts. Grass looks so civilized and just :bounce:

Jakeev
Apr 17th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Nope, its a horrible surface. Ace and volley fest, boring tennis.

UMM but it wouldn't be. Very few players no how to volley, let alone hit aces. If anything, the women of today need to learn how to play on grass.

jimbo mack
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:04 PM
2 more weeks of grass would be great

but that would mean two weeks of tournies has to go........which ones should they be? thats a tough decision to have to make

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:31 PM
2 more weeks of grass would be great

but that would mean two weeks of tournies has to go........which ones should they be? thats a tough decision to have to make

quite easily the two weeks of tedium after Wimbledon when there's a dead zone until Stanford starts :o

jimbo mack
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:34 PM
quite easily the two weeks of tedium after Wimbledon when there's a dead zone until Stanford starts :o

but the top players need that time off to recover from wimbledon

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:35 PM
but the top players need that time off to recover from wimbledon

no one plays Stanford anyway and no one forces them to play Tier 2 events :o

jimbo mack
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:37 PM
lindsay and venus play stanford

they usually do well on grass

i think getting rid of paris indoors and antwerp would be better.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:13 PM
lindsay and venus play stanford

they usually do well on grass

i think getting rid of paris indoors and antwerp would be better.

2 players dont make the whole tour
the tour is bigger than anyone.
and those two wont be around for more than a couple of yrs at max.

The Only time the tour is in Sleep Mode is after Wimbledon
when there is a dead week or so with a Tier V in Europe.

Also last 2-3 yrs there's been an extra week between Wimbledon and US Open due to Calendar alignment. (will change again soon)

jimbo mack
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:30 PM
2 players dont make the whole tour
the tour is bigger than anyone.
and those two wont be around for more than a couple of yrs at max.

The Only time the tour is in Sleep Mode is after Wimbledon
when there is a dead week or so with a Tier V in Europe.

Also last 2-3 yrs there's been an extra week between Wimbledon and US Open due to Calendar alignment. (will change again soon)

so are you saying there should be two grass tournies during 'sleep-mode'?

moby
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:38 PM
Yes, we should. Anything to watch Martina N. play singles again. :D

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 17th, 2005, 03:00 PM
so are you saying there should be two grass tournies during 'sleep-mode'?

nope

Roland Garros finishes where it does now

then there is 4 week of grass court weeks
then Wimbledon.

jimbo mack
Apr 17th, 2005, 03:09 PM
nope

Roland Garros finishes where it does now

then there is 4 week of grass court weeks
then Wimbledon.

then after wimbledon?

andrewbroad
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:00 AM
But if you let the grass grow much longer, the ball won't bounce on it.

A longer-grass season as opposed to a longer grass-season!:haha:

I'm all in favour of a longer grasscourt-season, as it's ridiculous that the French Open and Wimbledon are so close together, and on the two most dissimilar surfaces they play on.

However, to achieve this, they must bring the French Open forward rather than moving Wimbledon back. The dates of Wimbledon (the fortnight always includes 26th June - 3rd July) are sacrosanct - as much a part of the tradition of Wimbledon as the grass-courts, the ivy, the strawberries, the royalty and the predominately-white clothing-rule!

I would suggest axing the American green-clay leg of the tour (Amelia Island and Charleston) in order to bring the French Open forward, and having two more weeks of grasscourt-tournaments when the French Open is now.

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MrYonex
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:19 AM
Yeah, I think the grasscourt season should be longer! More opportunities for Venus to dominate!

zuluagafan
Apr 20th, 2005, 04:34 AM
No some of my faves arent' good on grass

Stamp Paid
Apr 20th, 2005, 04:48 AM
No, Grass-court tennis = :yawn:

Taz Warrior
Apr 20th, 2005, 08:09 AM
Yes, it should be at least a week longer with a Tier I in the second week after Roland Garros.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 20th, 2005, 08:16 AM
Two extra weeks of grass tennis please :)

syd
Apr 20th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Originally Posted by j-mac
2 more weeks of grass would be great
I think it would be more fair !
but i don't like grasscourt so for me it's good like it is now !