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I don't really know much about the surfaces of the past or the present for that matter. Could someone try to explain or post a site that explains different surfaces through history, where they were played on, how they played, etc. Thanks for the help!
 

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Agreed, Rollo. I'd love to read any comments anyone has about the various types of "clay" - green clay of the US, the "shale" in Britain and Germany and the differences in the clay of Rome and Paris. I vaguely remember reading that the clay at the Foro Italico was generally considered to be slower than that at RG.

Also, tennisivdeos may be able to shed some light on the differences between the grass at Wimbledon and that in Aus, which produced a higher bounce as the ground tends to be drier and harder, I think. I wonder if that may be a factor in the record of Court and Navratilova in those two slams???

Then of course there are the cement-hard courts favoured in California and now spreading more and more. The South African circuit was also played on hard courts but weren't these more baked earth than anything else? Does anyone have any info? Where are the South African blasters around here - there must be some middle aged SA tennis queens who adored Sandra Reynolds, Ilana Kloss, Greer Stevens and Annette Van Zyl!!!!
 

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Andy T said:
The South African circuit was also played on hard courts but weren't these more baked earth than anything else? Does anyone have any info? Where are the South African blasters around here - there must be some middle aged SA tennis queens who adored Sandra Reynolds, Ilana Kloss, Greer Stevens and Annette Van Zyl!!!!
Not a queen by any means, but I was a big fan of South Africans, specifically Boshof and Kloss in the 1970s. I don't know much about the playing surfaces in South Africa, however. I was always under the impression that Ellis Park, site of the South African open, had cement courts. In general, it seemed the South Africans had hard flat strokes and shorter backstrokes. I always thought that might have been a result of some fairly high altitudes in South Africa. But mostly, I'm ignorant of those things, although South Africa is gradually growing as one of the places I want to visit.
 

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Andy T said:
The South African circuit was also played on hard courts but weren't these more baked earth than anything else? Does anyone have any info? Where are the South African blasters around here - there must be some middle aged SA tennis queens who adored Sandra Reynolds, Ilana Kloss, Greer Stevens and Annette Van Zyl!!!!

The South African courts were cement - slow with a very high bounce. This was why Sandra Reynolds, Renee Schuurman and Annette van Zyl all had similar types of game, very big forehand swings which came down and under the ball which was perfect for the high bounce.
 

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The South African courts were cement - slow with a very high bounce. This was why Sandra Reynolds, Renee Schuurman and Annette van Zyl all had similar types of game, very big forehand swings which came down and under the ball which was perfect for the high bounce.
Thanks Jem & Chris. I so wish they'd resurrect the SA Open - it seems ridiculous that sub-saharan Africa has no tourney on the main tour.
 
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