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LightWarrior
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:37 PM
They always say that they train on hard courts in the U.S. But that's hard to believe. How do you they get used to the low bounce, the bad bounces as well as they do when they're playing Wimbledon ? I'm sure that they have a secret grass court especially built for them back home. They certainly can afford. :lol:

Ferg
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:37 PM
Can you ever prepare for bad bounces?

LightWarrior
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:43 PM
Can you ever prepare for bad bounces?

Well Venus once said that she can get used to the bad bounces at Wimbledon, more than other players. She can't do that by training on hard courts right before.

Olórin
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:46 PM
They practice at Wimbledon for several days before the tournament you realise....plus with the early rounds and doubles, that's usually enough these days.

RebelPrince
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Hit on HC at home then they arrive at Wimbledon a full week early and practice on the grass there.

Chorophyll
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:53 PM
They practice on lightning quick hardcourts.

Generally speaking, if you can play on super fast hardcourt/carpet you can play on grass. For them they really don't need much practice on the actual surface because the movement adjustment is taken care of by their natural athleticism. They can just use a hardcourt with similar speed to simulate the grass.

dsanders06
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:55 PM
Maybe they find some scatty cracked public courts somewhere in the States and practice on them for the bad bounces practice. :shrug:

Aaron.
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:58 PM
^ :spit:

delicatecutter
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:58 PM
How exactly do you prepare to make such intelligent and thought-provoking threads?

toxina90
Jun 11th, 2010, 09:58 PM
One year Serena went on Jonathan Ross.

Olórin
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:05 PM
One year Serena went on Jonathan Ross.

:happy:

She went in 2005 and 2007 and both years ended in disaster :lol:

Polikarpov
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:06 PM
Serena will probably have a Smallville marathon...then kick everyone's asses in SW19.

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:09 PM
A few years ago Venus and Serena had a replica Wimbledon centre court built next to their luxury villas in Florida, for a very reasonable 9 and half million dollars. These come complete with ivy, a royal box and a retractable roof. They normally spend a week or so practicing there before arriving in London the weekend before the start of play.

Chorophyll
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:17 PM
Maybe they find some scatty cracked public courts somewhere in the States and practice on them for the bad bounces practice. :shrug:

Why do people give me SO much? :sobbing:

The Dawntreader
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:23 PM
:happy:

She went in 2005 and 2007 and both years ended in disaster :lol:

2005 was a unstoppable disaster regardless of any tv appearance:lol:

fightserena!!!
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:23 PM
I would imagine it cost a lot more than 9.5 million dollars to build a replica centre court...

Olórin
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:32 PM
2005 was a unstoppable disaster regardless of any tv appearance:lol:

She actually looked fine on J Ross - I was deceived. Then I saw her on TV trying to move to a ball at Wimbledon. I was no longer deceived :lol:

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:34 PM
I would imagine it cost a lot more than 9.5 million dollars to build a replica centre court...

Me too. They got a very good deal I'd say. ;)

volta
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:35 PM
:happy:

She went in 2005 and 2007 and both years ended in disaster :lol:

true but she looked SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT in 07 (i think it's 07 where she used that smokin red dress) :drool::drool:

sammy01
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:38 PM
venus and serena get to practice with each other for a couple of weeks, then a week on grass. what better prep can you have than practicing with not only one of the best players around but best grass court players.

hotviolin83
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:40 PM
don't think they prepare it that much. Besides there's not time to prepare for Wimbledon as the grass season is so short. The WS were tailor-made for grass, and they have that advantadge over the rest. It's the other players who need preparation. What happens with Stosur? Supposedly her big game should translate well on grass but for some reason it never did. I thought Petrova, Rezai, MJMS... had the game to play on grass but apparently they don't

dsanders06
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:47 PM
don't think they prepare it that much. Besides there's not time to prepare for Wimbledon as the grass season is so short. The WS were tailor-made for grass, and they have that advantadge over the rest. It's the other players who need preparation. What happens with Stosur? Supposedly her big game should translate well on grass but for some reason it never did. I thought Petrova, Rezai, MJMS... had the game to play on grass but apparently they don't

I don't know why everyone thinks Stosur should be good on grass. Her groundstrokes are very topspin-heavy and just sit up on the surface, and, despite being a former doubles specialist, her volleys are piss-poor. Even her serve isn't that effective on the surface due to its heavy kick.

I agree with you on MJMS though... grass should really suit her game but she's never done anything on it for some reason.

Chorophyll
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:52 PM
I agree with you on MJMS though... grass should really suit her game but she's never done anything on it for some reason.

No. Martinez-Sanchez is too ineffective in rallies. She is so innocuous from the baseline and her serve isn't superb enough to come in all the time on.

There is a reason why a serve/volleyer like her has had her most success on clay by far. On hard and grass she just simply gets outplayed/overpowered too often from the back of the ground because her strokes are pretty useless. Her serve isn't overwhelming enough to really benefit from the speed of the court nor is it good enough to stop a few passes here and there.

dsanders06
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:55 PM
No. Martinez-Sanchez is too ineffective in rallies. She is so innocuous from the baseline and her serve isn't superb enough to come in all the time on.

There is a reason why a serve/volleyer like her has had her most success on clay by far. On hard and grass she just simply gets outplayed/overpowered too often from the back of the ground because her strokes are pretty useless. Her serve isn't overwhelming enough to really benefit from the speed of the court nor is it good enough to stop a few passes here and there.

Yeah, but I would've thought the fact she's mediocre from the back should mean she'd do better on grass. She has a pretty decent serve, and she's excellent at the net, so I just think she should be able to put something together there. I agree with you that her relative lack of success on hard courts isn't surprising though.

Slutiana
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:57 PM
^Well her groundstrokes aren't good enough to get her to the net and her serve isn't that good either. It's not like she's agile or anything, thus clay gives her time to move forward whereas we will see her getting stuck in no man's land a lot more on the grass.

Chorophyll
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:57 PM
Yeah, but I would've thought the fact she's mediocre from the back should mean she'd do better on grass. She has a pretty decent serve, and she's excellent at the net, so I just think she should be able to put something together there. I agree with you that her relative lack of success on hard courts isn't surprising though.

Her volleying ability is overrated, but that is neither here nor there.

hotviolin83
Jun 11th, 2010, 11:02 PM
If Mjms' ability at the net is overrated, who's a competent volleyer in your opinion?

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jun 12th, 2010, 12:08 AM
A lot of the top players prepare for Wimbledon on a fast hard court. Lindsay Davenport once said that the grass at Wimbledon is so different from the other tune-up events that she never found it all that more helpful to play anything leading up.

stangtennis
Jun 12th, 2010, 12:42 AM
Grass court preparation:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_CttrOa2Pnmg/SlbY4-gnFEI/AAAAAAAABBY/TqePFFz1Ox0/s320/serena_williams_on_grass.jpg

They had a grass court at Miami Beach, but later raised it above ground level because they became too famous and kept getting disturbed by beach guests asking for autographs:
http://www.sportsmillenium.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/2009/03/dubai-tennis.jpg

And Richard decided to build a red clay court and a grass court in his garden to prepare his girls for those strange European surfaces. But his garden didn't have room for both red clay court + a grass court, so he decided to combine into a 2-in-1 court, fits all purposes:
http://www.sportsmillenium.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/2009/03/spain_tennis_federer__chav.jpg

A-Chak
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:45 AM
^^ Nice

tennnisfannn
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:53 AM
I guess they practise serving big and returning big, who better to do so than agianst the best servers in the game which is essentially Venus and Serena.

Larrybidd
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:35 AM
Bottom line: They don't need no stinkin' warm-up tournaments. Line 'em up and let's go do this.

LefandePatty
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:39 AM
http://cdn.concreteloop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/90405w8_williams_b_gr_01.jpg

volta
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:27 AM
^^ :haha:

Pops Maellard
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:31 AM
A few years ago Venus and Serena had a replica Wimbledon centre court built next to their luxury villas in Florida, for a very reasonable 9 and half million dollars. These come complete with ivy, a royal box and a retractable roof. They normally spend a week or so practicing there before arriving in London the weekend before the start of play.
That would be so cool! I want one. :p

The stands would always be empty though. :scratch: