It seems like Rebound Ace is really becoming unpopular, thanks to the number of injuries it has caused.
Indian Wells uses the Plexipave surface. Does anyone know know much about this surface? Is it fast, slow or medium? Would it be a good surface to use at the AO?
Jan 23rd, 2004, 05:55 PM
PlexiPave is pretty much like Decoturf.
Speed of the court can be adjusted anyways.
Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:21 PM
IW is slower than Miami/US Open. The surface speed would stay the same and the injuries would be reduced.
Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:32 PM
Hardcourts are repaved every year, and they can make them whatever speed they like. The only difference is that I don't know if these hardcourts can bounce as high as Rebound Ace.
Either way, Australia should have dumped Ace years ago.
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:24 PM
Rebound Ace is softer on the body than Plexipave. The chances of damaging an ankle can be reduced by wearing well-worn shoes or shoes without ripples on the soles, making it less likely to stick to the court in cases of extreme temperatures. Players are reminded of this every year, even when playing on American hardcourts. The surface is no more dangerous than accidentally slipping on slick grass or taking a tumble on clay. Any movement involving quick adjustments could cause injuries in the foot and ankle area. It's not solely exclusive to Rebound Ace. It's a risk all athletes take with their bodies under any circumstances.
The stickiness on Rebound Ace isn't an adhesive kind of sticky. The surface won't stick to your shoes like bubblegum if you lift your feet up. It's more like a soft sticky. You can hear it on the shoes, but it doesn't slow you down or make you stuck-fast. It's a walking-in-shoes-on-linoleum kind of sticky.