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DeliriousPotato
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:46 PM
This type of ponderation about next year must already have been posted, so I'm sorry in advance for that, but I just wanted some input...

Next year, we're going to have Wimbledon and almost immediately after that we're going to have the Olympics, which are.....at Wimbledon. Isn't that like an overdose of Wimbledon? Do you think the Olympics should be held on hard courts to assure coincidence with the tour calendar? Don't you think that it's weird to mix the traditional ambient of Wimbledon with the loud, cheery and patriotic-oriented one of the Olympics?

Specter
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:52 PM
Grass season is too short anyway. This will give us some balance for once. And it'll be nice to see a bit of a different atmosphere at Wimby and players wearing some color. I honestly can't wait!

Halepsova
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:00 PM
What's the point of taking Olympics to London and not holding tennis event on grass? :shrug:

swim4life227
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:11 PM
It'll be like having 4 Summer slams. There is too much time between Wimbledon and the USO anyways.

joćo.
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:13 PM
Can't wait :cheer:

Sammo
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Wimbledon + Olympics + ATP World Tour Finals. 3 majors in one year in a city.
It's definately too much.

Mary Cherry.
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:35 PM
Wimbledon + Olympics + ATP World Tour Finals. 3 majors in one year in a city.
It's definately too much.

Rule, Britannia! :rocker2:

Chip.
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:37 PM
Rule, Britannia! :rocker2:

:cool:

MiLaN_89
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:39 PM
How are they going to 'refresh' the courts so fast? Cause after the 14 days of Wimbledon,grass will be totaly ruined :S

Break My Rapture
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:49 PM
The US hardcourt season is immediately gonna start after the Olympics, leaving no time for the players to recover and train their ass off. One thing's sure: it will increase the chance of injury break-outs for next year (well we should be thankful that it's played on grass and not clay for example which drains the body even more).

The fact that it's played on grass makes it a bit more predictable as to who will win though. :(

DefyingGravity
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:10 PM
I feel like it's only fair that we have one of the modern Olympic games on grass since Barca in 1992 was on clay and Sydney was maybe Rebound Ace (dunno exactly, I forget).

It's cool and different and gives a "6 week" grass court season to combat the 6 week clay season.

duhcity
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:14 PM
Witnesses to history. I'll take it.

quote unquote
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:18 PM
firstly, Wimbledon have already checked the courts with various trials and the grass coverage will be no problem

secondly, it will give many tennis fans the opportunity to visit the show courts

thirdly, i just hope not too many seats get wrecked if Ivan Ljubičić meets Novak Djokovic

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:28 PM
Its gonna be exiting:shrug:. I like the idea of the Olympics being held at Wimbledon. I don't think the same player will win twice in 2012 on it though :scratch:.

I have no Idea how the grass its gonna look, but as I don't get enough of Wimbledon every single year, having "two" of them in a year its incredible :angel:.

BlueTrees
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:30 PM
Is this the first time Olympic tennis will be on grass? :confused:

quote unquote
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:34 PM
first time since 1920 Antwerp

Linguae^
Jun 19th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Next year is just SOO MUCH FCKING GOOD!!! :worship: :cheer :bounce: :inlove:
Argh, the thread? :o Grass season always short, bring it some more at the Olympics. :cheer: :bounce: :kiss:

Reptilia
Jun 19th, 2011, 11:09 PM
I find grass court tennis kinda boring. I'd prefer it to be played at the venue they use for the WTF.

croat123
Jun 20th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I find grass court tennis kinda boring. I'd prefer it to be played at the venue they use for the WTF.
that venue is just two small for the size of the draw
wimbledon will be perfect :hearts:

:yeah: @ six week grass season

archie4
Jun 20th, 2011, 12:58 AM
that venue is just two small for the size of the draw
wimbledon will be perfect :hearts:
The O2 Arena, venue for the World Tour Finals, is also being used as the gymnastics and basketball venue for the Olympics. The Olympic tennis event is basically like a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA, like Madrid or Beijing. The draw is 64 for singles and 32 for doubles, and the tournament lasts for 9 days (Saturday until Sunday of the next week). I hope the grass will still look fairly good for the Olympics, but it will be a great event, nonetheless. An Olympic medal ceremony on Centre Court will be cool!

VeeJJ
Jun 20th, 2011, 01:54 AM
I think the fact that it is on grass isn't fair. Hardcourts is a neutral surface. That is compatible with majority of the players games, as it is the most common surface on tour. The grass courts are certainly not for everyone. I don't think it's really fair, but's not gonna change. They should just give the gold to Serena now.

Novichok
Jun 20th, 2011, 02:15 AM
I think the fact that it is on grass isn't fair. Hardcourts is a neutral surface. That is compatible with majority of the players games, as it is the most common surface on tour. The grass courts are certainly not for everyone. I don't think it's really fair, but's not gonna change. They should just give the gold to Serena now.

I believe that it is fair. I don't see how it is any less fair than Roland Garros being played on clay or Wimbledon being played on grass or the USO/AO being played on hard courts. It's just another tournament with a grass surface.

I don't believe that hard courts are neutral. Some players' games are more effective on some surfaces than others.

hurricanejeanne
Jun 20th, 2011, 03:07 AM
I'm so excited. It's basically two Wimbledons next year. So historic. :sobbing:

The grass will probably look shitastic though. :unsure:

helio_c
Jun 20th, 2011, 03:27 AM
Won't be this like clay, with the grass basically being all worn out? Or will they have time to fix it a bit?

longtin23
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:02 AM
I also think that playing on grass is unfair because some player does not like to play or play well on grass while hard should be a more fair surface...

VeeJJ
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:06 AM
I believe that it is fair. I don't see how it is any less fair than Roland Garros being played on clay or Wimbledon being played on grass or the USO/AO being played on hard courts. It's just another tournament with a grass surface.

I don't believe that hard courts are neutral. Some players' games are more effective on some surfaces than others.

But it's not just another tournament, It's the Olympics and fewer girls can play in this tournament. And hardcourts are more a neutral surface since they are the most common and most girls begin playing on them or play most of their junior career on them

Jeff
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:07 AM
Won't be this like clay, with the grass basically being all worn out? Or will they have time to fix it a bit?

That's an interesting question. I'd like to know, too.

And wow, it sure will be a busy time this time next year, having the French Open, Wimbledon, and then the Olympics.

SAISAI-GOAT
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:08 AM
are they going to make the players wear white :unsure:

Jeff
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:09 AM
are they going to make the players wear white :unsure:

No they said that players won't be required to wear white.

Keadz
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:25 AM
It will be cometely different. Hopefully the crowd get really into it and make a David cup-esque atmosphere, instead of the golf clapping stuff that happens normally. Then ofcourse you have players representing their country, Olympic logos on the courts, national flags all over the place.

Can't wait, it will probably be better than Wimbledon IMO :lol:

Richie's
Jun 20th, 2011, 11:37 AM
The best ever Olympic Tennis event in years...

Monica_Rules
Jun 20th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Um No

Plus when the Olympics is there the whole place will look completely different

KBlade
Jun 20th, 2011, 11:43 AM
Do you think that the players will actually be able to wear their countries colors, considering the Club regulates that? Or do you think they will stand down?

tennisvideos
Jun 20th, 2011, 11:58 AM
I think the fact that it is on grass isn't fair. Hardcourts is a neutral surface. That is compatible with majority of the players games, as it is the most common surface on tour. The grass courts are certainly not for everyone. I don't think it's really fair, but's not gonna change. They should just give the gold to Serena now.

I actually have to agree ... grass is such a specialist surface that really only suits a small minority of players - and this has always been the case since the mid/late 70s when most of the grass court tournaments were phased out.

And it has played out when you look at the fact that only a small number of players have won Wimbledon in the past 30 years.

Look at the other slams and you can see more variety of players were able to win those titles.

Still, it will be exciting to see the Olympics on grass and it will be great to see a completely different atmosphere on those hallowed grounds - hopefully similar to the crowds at the Ivanisevic v Rafter epic!

A-Bond
Jun 20th, 2011, 02:13 PM
I think in general this combo is really exciting, the bad thing is the US Hard Court Season around it. I think it should be considered to skip certain events in an olympic year, it's just way too much.

Mikey.
Jun 20th, 2011, 02:36 PM
I feel like it's only fair that we have one of the modern Olympic games on grass since Barca in 1992 was on clay and Sydney was maybe Rebound Ace (dunno exactly, I forget).

It's cool and different and gives a "6 week" grass court season to combat the 6 week clay season.

Yep, it was Rebound Ace.

I'm definitely excited to see the Olympics on grass. Even if it is just Wimbledon 2.0 a few weeks later in the season. :lol:

Oh and apparently they've got some new system in place where they remove the grass straight after Wimbledon and replace it with new grass. And somehow it'll be ready in time for the Olympics. I'm not too sure on the specifics, I just remember reading about it in some thread in GM.

Backhand_stille
Jun 20th, 2011, 02:42 PM
How many players from one country can play?