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Natalicious
Apr 2nd, 2007, 09:37 AM
Tennis Australia could be poised to change the surface of the Australian Open from rubber to hard court, according to media reports.

The Age newspaper claim the switch could be made as early as 2008 in a quest to find a "national surface" for all levels of the game in Australia.

The Rebound Ace surface has been criticised - most outspokenly by Australian former world number one Lleyton Hewitt - for holding heat and being sticky underfoot, and for being slow and producing a high bounce.

The surface has been used at Melbourne Park since the Open moved there from Kooyong's grass in 1988, but has not gained universal acceptance in Australia because of its restrictive costs.

Several rival court suppliers are in competition to become the Open's new surface although a surface similar to the hard court of the United States Open is thought to be favoured.

2007 women's champion Serena Williams said this week she would welcome the change.

"I wouldn't be upset at all," said Williams, who won at Melbourne Park for the third time eight weeks ago after upsetting Maria Sharapova in the final. "It would be a lot easier on everyone, to be honest.

"I'm tired of the blisters I get down there," she said. "It's just too much. The Rebound Ace kills your feet. My feet are still suffering from that. Every year I go there, I get bad blisters and I'm sore."

http://www.eurosport.com/tennis/australian-open/2007/sport_sto1136617.shtml

dunno if it has been posted before

CORIA01
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:33 PM
Really???

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:56 PM
if you want a tournament that produces alot of ankle injuries it's the AO....the rebound ace gets sticky and therefore you're stuck to the ground and when you're trying to motor about the court....well let's just say it don't end pretty when any mishaps happen...remember Kim from 06

urklerlay
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:02 PM
they should change that stuff so there aren't so many injuries. I guess it wouldn't be so bad if it didn't get so hot down under, but it does...

ToeTag
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:12 PM
Go back to grass! I prefer women's tennis on grass. There are too many hard court tournaments now, and hard courts lead to more injuries.

Yonexforever
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:55 PM
Go back to grass! I prefer women's tennis on grass. There are too many hard court tournaments now, and hard courts lead to more injuries.

I would love to see grass back in the land of OZ!
But I guess they would have the same problems with slipping if they had to close the roof for any extended period of time.
BTW
How is the All Englad Club solving that problem with their new stadium, does anyone know?

Lucyxx
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:58 PM
Work to release humidity from stadiums before worrying about the surface.

KV
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:00 PM
Go back to grass! I prefer women's tennis on grass. There are too many hard court tournaments now, and hard courts lead to more injuries.Agree!

Volcana
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:01 PM
If they're looking for a national surface for all levels, it's going to be something generic, and not too expensive for localities to maintain, like HarTru.

venusfan
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
Probably and April fools joke

SAEKeithSerena
Apr 2nd, 2007, 05:07 PM
well if it keeps the injuries down, let's do it! lol