Tennis Needs to Speed Up Its Courts

Tennis Needs to Speed Up Its Courts

“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 the two fastest surfaces in the sport, no longer seem to give an advantage to the player who seeks to end a point in the forecourt.

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