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ZeroSOFInfinity
May 26th, 2009, 09:29 AM
I read from BBC that there's bit of rain here and there in RG at the moment. Just interested to know what will happen if the clay is... wet.

Modiac.
May 26th, 2009, 09:33 AM
will happen if the clay is... wet?
A:Play suspended.

InsideOut.
May 26th, 2009, 09:34 AM
Slower.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 26th, 2009, 09:35 AM
^^^
But still playable, isn't it? Unlike other courts.

Wojtek
May 26th, 2009, 09:38 AM
Ball will be heavier and court will be slower also lower bouncing.

Modiac.
May 26th, 2009, 09:39 AM
^^^
But still playable, isn't it? Unlike other courts.

Maybe,but i guess the very bottom of clay courts is still hard floor,isn't it?

Convoluted
May 26th, 2009, 09:40 AM
The clay gets slower, it becomes harder to hit winners.
The bounce is lower.
It becomes easier to hit dropshots.
Sliding becomes a lot harder.

There was an interesting discussion going on on what wet clay would do with a Federer-Nadal matchup. The lower bounces would neutralise part of Nadal's game, but the slower ball would favour him.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 26th, 2009, 09:41 AM
Ball will be heavier and court will be slower also lower bouncing.

So, does this favour Maria or Ana?

Sam L
May 26th, 2009, 09:47 AM
The clay gets slower, it becomes harder to hit winners.
The bounce is lower.
It becomes easier to hit dropshots.
Sliding becomes a lot harder.

There was an interesting discussion going on on what wet clay would do with a Federer-Nadal matchup. The lower bounces would neutralise part of Nadal's game, but the slower ball would favour him.
Yeah I agree. Definitely makes it slower. I actually think it disadvantages him because the killer advantage he has on clay is the topspin he can generate on the forehand which won't be there if this wetness continues.

Wojtek
May 26th, 2009, 09:51 AM
So, does this favour Maria or Ana?

No. :sad: It will be good for Wozniacki or Jankovic :p

Noctis
May 26th, 2009, 09:55 AM
It Favour Counter Punchers or pushers if they movement is not good
Or even slow mover like Wozniak who can get dropshot bit easier.But in this case the ball probaly bounce lower at the condition,So using dropshots well work better.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 26th, 2009, 10:07 AM
It Favour Counter Punchers or pushers if they movement is not good

Jelena Jankovic is so gonna win today's match now.... :tape:

InsideOut.
May 26th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Jelena Jankovic is so gonna win today's match now.... :tape:

She was never going to lose anyway.

:inlove:
May 26th, 2009, 10:11 AM
The clay gets slower, it becomes harder to hit winners.
The bounce is lower.
It becomes easier to hit dropshots.
Sliding becomes a lot harder.

Perfect conditions for Sekneena. :inlove:

Russianboy
May 26th, 2009, 10:14 AM
the courts are covered.. they wont be affected too much then.

ElusiveChanteuse
May 26th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Affects movement?:scratch:
Dinara was complaining in Rome or Madrid that wet clay court might cause her to fall down and possibly get injured.:)

Monica_Rules
May 26th, 2009, 10:19 AM
The lines become slippy. Thats one of the main reasons they stop.

drake3781
May 26th, 2009, 10:22 AM
I thought red clay was watered before play anyway? :confused:

Convoluted
May 26th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Also humidity in general makes the balls heavier and slower, making matches more physical and demanding.

Matt01
May 26th, 2009, 11:31 AM
I thought red clay was watered before play anyway? :confused:


Yes, obviously to not let the court/clay get too dry. But constant heavy rain is a different thing.

Matt01
May 26th, 2009, 11:34 AM
So, does this favour Maria or Ana?


Pova likes fast, dry clay courts like in Rome. Ana likes slower clay courts like in Berlin (formerly). So I'd say these conditions now rather suit players like Ana, Jankovic, Safina, Wozniacki etc...

FormerlyKnownAs
May 26th, 2009, 11:40 AM
It stops play :devil:

Sorry I am Bored waiting for the Wozniacki game.:rolleyes: