View Full Version : Court Speed?

May 3rd, 2011, 10:41 PM
There seems to be a lot of disagreement about how fast certain courts are.

I tried googling and didn't find much. There is a machine that measures it but I couldn't find any measurements. The bounce height might be as important as the actual speed. It seems that the speed actually depends also on the individual player, since the speed will be different depending on shot angle and spin.

So does anyone know if there are specific court measurements for speed and bounce height out there for an average player?

May 3rd, 2011, 11:24 PM
I really doubt there are specific court measurements, but its possible. I would think the easiest way would be to measure the speed of a ball before impact, then after, to see how much energy was absorbed. one would think that is the main difference between surfaces. The more energy is absorbed upon impact, the slower the court will feel. Likewise courts that dont absorb much of the balls energy (grass) will seem much faster.

May 3rd, 2011, 11:30 PM
Madrid is located 700m above sea level. The ball flies there.
And people still wonder why NEVER a Davis Cup final played in Spain has been held in Madrid, its capital city :spit: (Twice in Barcelona, once in Seville)

May 4th, 2011, 08:19 AM
It's clay, it's above sea level, it almost indoors, but there was rain this week so it slowed it down at times, that's why I think there is a lot of disagreement, the conditions are changing.

I think court 3 plays faster than centre, if not for any other reason than it's "small" and it's harder to defend, probably the same for other outside courts. And often the clay is rougher on these courts, they don't groom it as much so you get bad bounces and it's harder to slide