Tennis Needs to Speed Up Its Courts

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“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.” Oscar Wilde

Just because it sounds like a complaint doesn't mean it's not accurate.

This thought came to mind recently when Roger Federer, following his loss to Novak Djokovic in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London earlier in November, bemoaned the increasing homogeneity of court surfaces, whereby the sport is producing a more one-dimensional style of play - that of the powerful, defensive-but-aggressive baseliner who is an accomplished practioner in the war of attrition during rallies; a style of play that admittedly has provided the game with extraordinary thrills these last several years.

More specifically, Federer was discussing how even grass and indoor carpet, traditionally...

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