You may remember a while back I posted about tennis court surfaces and how they have been slowed down over the years to create a wider gulf at the top of the game so the money-men get their blockbuster Fedal, Djokovic vs. Murray and Nadal Djokovic finals.
That topic hasn't been brought up in a while but I saw an interesting clip of Janko Tipsarevic on the road filmed by TecnifibreTennis where he mentioned court surfaces and court speed. He like Federer believes they have all been homegonised to the point where there is little difference between any of the surfaces used on the mens tour. Even Devin Britton at a mere 22 years of age has noticed a slow down too which just proves that it's clearly on the ATP agenda to favour the grinders and more physical players a la Murray, Djokovic and Nadal.
Here's the clip:
Devin Britton: How different are the surfaces? Because you guys play on grass, clay and indoors…
Janko Tipsarevic: Honestly? Not that much. You know, they created every surface, I don't want to say the same, but really similar. The surfaces are so much alike that you don't really have to go out of your way to change your game plan in order to adapt to a certain surface. Even if it's indoor, outdoor, clay court or grass court.
So there we have it, another player who agrees that the court surfaces are all too similar and everything has slowed down to the point where there's little difference.
I think it's a sad state of affairs where Tipsarevic says that a player doesn't need to adapt their game to play on different surfaces. Surely that should be a huge part of the sport? Otherwise the future of tennis is just grinding road runners who play like robots. It basically means unless you are under 6ft 4, have super human endurance and play with a 2 handed backhand then you have little to no chance of making it to the top. In a nutshell it removes a huge chank of talent from the sport. Not good!
I almost forgot that even Andy Murray was asked about it in his press conference, he gave his usual neutral dreary response but he did say this:
But, you know, I think there should be a longer grass court season, and I think the more variety in the surfaces the better for the game. And also, you know, the longevity of the players, as well, you know, shorter rallies.
I agree with him on that too and I'll be posting about that in a few days, stay tuned 🙂
- Roger Federer wants Faster Courts and So Do I
- Tennis Court Surfaces & Court Speeds
- Federer Thinks the Courts are Quicker at this Years Australian Open
- Steve Tignor agress with Federer: Faster Courts are Needed
Side note: I've not seen these clips before but I think the video series from TechniFibre is pretty cool. Tipsarevic comes across like a pretty interesting guy actually, he's been slated a lot for some of his comments and is quite outspoken but at least he's honest. A rare quality so I recommend you watch them.