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Join us for the Monte Carlo final. We’ll be blogging live on Sunday morning, April 27, at 6am (PST)/9am (EST)/3pm (CET). We’ll include your comments in the live blog feed.

Roger Federer was down to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 5-1 in the third set but, somehow, he managed to escape.

I live in Los Angeles. While you Londoners and east coasters were wondering how Roger Federer escaped his second round match with qualifier Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo in Monte Carlo, I was sleeping. When I saw the scoreboard, it looked like Federer had just squeaked by in a third set tiebreaker. It didn’t say anything about coming back from 5-1 in the third set. Let’s see what happened and what it might say about Fed’s game at the moment.

And for those complaining about too much Fed on this site, this actually was the most dramatic match of the day or did I miss something?

First of all, how did this match get to a third set? Ruben is, after all, ranked 137 in the world. I can’t help comparing Ruben to Novak Djokovic’s parody of him and I see where it comes from. Ruben has one sleeve rolled all the way up and one rolled down and his forehand looks like he’s trying to slice the ball in half with an upside down frying pan.

Ruben’s service motion is similar to Filippo Volandri’s except that Ruben often has to chase his toss. I’ve often thought it would be nearly impossible to change a stroke after you’ve been practicing it for ten or twelve years. The subject came up at Indian Wells because Sania Mirza’s forehand is causing problems in her wrist and she recently had surgery on it.

I asked Andy Fitzell if Mirza could change her stroke at this point in her career and he said that he had worked with players and improved their stroke in a short period of working with them. He told me that he once worked with David Wheaton and added, I believe, 10 mph (16 kph) to his serve. Andy is one of the owners of the Vic Braden Tennis College. It amazes me that players don’t seek out this sort of help when they’re strokes are causing injury or, in Ruben’s case, keeping him from staying in the top 100.

Wheaton, by the way, is now a Christian radio personality and the author of a book titled, University of Destruction: Your Game Plan For Spiritual Victory On Campus. That’s an interesting take on the world of academia. Evidently it’s a survival guide for getting through college with your faith intact. The title is a bit hard core if you ask me.

Anyway, back to this match. It looks like I’m being hard on Ruben but I’m not. He did exactly what he was supposed to do in the second set and much of the third set and that was after he’d lost the first set 6-1. He played the match of his life. He was the player getting to the net and putting the ball away in the second set and Fed was the one spraying the ball all over the place.

Now for that third set. Fed said he felt a bit slow and it showed. He lost his serve in the first game when he sauntered to the net to pick up a short return and let the ball drop below the net. The more discombobulated Fed looked, the more Ruben’s confidence grew and the more he started aiming for the lines.

In Fed’s second service game, a curious pattern arose. He was spraying balls left and right and yet he kept playing aggressively instead of reining his game in and focusing on keeping the ball in the court. Playing more safely was the obvious choice because he could afford to do it against Ruben. But there he was going for the lines and missing and losing his serve for a second time to go down 0-3. It looked for all the world like he was treating this match as a practice session for the players he would meet in later rounds; players who are so much better that Fed would have to go for the lines in order to beat them.

It looked like pure stubbornness on his part: a failure to admit that he was playing so poorly that he, Roger Federer, should change his game plan for Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo. Or you could call it cojones – take note Mats Wilander. Down two breaks in the set, he was still going to play his game and it would all work out in the end. And who can blame him because it did.

Federer was down 0-4 and serving when he hit a volley that Ruben appeared to overrun. He ended up hitting it with a between the legs shot. The crowd whistled because they thought Ruben was clowning Fed and they didn’t appreciate it. It was curious because it looked like he had plenty of time to hit the ball and you have to wonder if that little between the legs shot wasn’t a statement from the lower tiered players that said, “Even we’re not afraid of you any more Mr. Federer.”

Whatever it was, it was stupid because Fed was already showing signs of waking up and surely he didn’t appreciate it. He won that game at love and he won three of the points at the net. His inside out forehand approach was working now and when Ruben served for the match the first time at 5-3, he started to crack just the slightest bit. Fed hit a passing shot and it glanced off Ruben’s racket and went wide. The second time Ruben served for the set at 5-4, he lost the game on a double fault and now the set was even and the match was over.

Ruben held his serve one more time, to his credit, but managed to win only one point in the tiebreaker. Fed had escaped, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(1).

One thing I’ve missed in Fed’s absence is the joy of watching him lift his game at the right moment. Instead, now we see stretches of puzzling tennis followed, sometimes, by much better tennis. He surely would have lost this match to any player in the top 100 and I don’t see him being in overall good enough shape to win at Roland Garros this year, but at least his vaunted confidence seems to be intact.

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Join us for the Monte Carlo final. We’ll be blogging live on Sunday morning, April 27, at 6am (PST)/9am (EST)/3pm (CET). We’ll include your comments in the live blog feed.

Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in Charleston last week and it’s getting closer but it’s not quite a rivalry yet.

Serena and Venus Williams have played sporadically in the past few years and that means we’ve missed out on some rivalries. I don’t mean the rivalry between Serena and Venus because it hasn’t been much of a rivalry. There’s not enough animosity between them, understandably as they are sisters, and they haven’t met in a final since 2003.

One of the rivalries we missed out on is the Serena – Maria rivalry. Maria Sharapova was seventeen years old when she played her first final against Serena at Wimbledon in 2004 and it was a shocking match. Maria took the title by the score of 6-1, 6-4. She took Serena down 6-1 in the first set and Serena had won the last two Wimbledons!

Later that year, Maria beat Serena again to win the WTA championships and it was a dramatic match. Serena injured an abdominal muscle in the second set and could barely lift her arm yet she managed to claw her way to a 4-0 lead in the third set before she finally gave out and lost the last six games.

At the end of the match, Maria’s father, Yuri Sharapov, ran onto the court to celebrate with Maria in a move that was disrespectful at the very least and controversial at the time. Someone at courtside understandably told him off and he responded with an f.u which leads us to the WTA event at Charleston last week where Serena and Maria met on the green clay in the quarterfinals.

Since that WTA championship, Serena had beaten Maria four straight times and she had smashed her in both matches they played last year. Maria won a total of five games in four sets in those two matches. Of course, she had a shoulder injury most of last year too but this year has been very different. Maria won her third slam at the Australian Open and is currently 24-2 on the year.

And it isn’t Yuri who runs out on the court now, it’s her coach Michael Joyce and there’s nothing controversial about it because coaches are allowed to come onto the court during set breaks. Well, almost nothing controversial. Coaches have to wear a mic so that we can hear their comments and when Joyce came out for the second set break, it appeared that he almost called Serena a bitch. Here’s how it went. Joyce said, “You just be tough and that’s it and you gotta believe you’re going to beat this b-uhh girl. OK?” Joyce and Maria both laughed and then Joyce said, “I almost slipped up there, huh?”

Joyce was on court so often because Maria was having trouble closing out sets. She was broken while serving for the first set and ended up losing the set. She was broken again while serving for the second set and managed to win it on the second try, but she faded in the third and lost the match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

I support on court coaching but I don’t see why coaches and players should be subject to microphones. For one thing, it’s easy for a coach to pick up what an opposing coach says to their player. Someone watching a broadcast of the match could easily send a text message to a coach and that coach could then send hand signals to their player with a counter strategy or, if the match goes to three sets, they can speak to their player on court.

And because a coach is wearing a mic, they always have to be on their best behavior and that’s unfortunate. If someone wants to trash their player’s opponent, let ‘em if it gets their players psyched up. Having said that, Serena now knows what Joyce almost said and I take a bit of perverse pleasure in the fact that it might add to a rivalry that I’ve been waiting for. Both Serena and Maria now have three titles this year and Serena’s record is arguably better than Maria’s at 19-1. Serena went on to win the title in Charleston with a victory over Vera Zvonareva.

All we need is a victory or two from Maria and we’re in business. We’ll have a real live rivalry.

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Join us for the Monte Carlo final. We’ll be blogging live on Sunday morning, April 27, at 6am (PST)/9am (EST)/3pm (CET).

It’s time for the ATP Fantasy Tennis Season so check out our Fantasy Tennis Guide. You’ll find Fast Facts, Strategies, and Statistics to help you play the game.

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The deadline for picking your team this week is SUNDAY, April 20, 5am EST, 11am CET.

Okay, right off the bat, here’s the deal. There are seven Masters Series tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Canada, Cincinnati, Madrid, Paris) and three slams in this year’s fantasy tennis season. That’s three more Masters Series events than last year so you have to be smarter.

Let’s start with Rafael Nadal because he’s a bit easier. You have to pick him for Roland Garros and Wimbledon but he’s only ever reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and that prize money is $140, 000. So I’d pick him for Roland Garros and Wimbledon and three Masters Series events. Remember, you can only pick a player five times in one season.

Which Masters Series tournaments should you choose Nadal for? I’m not exactly sure at the moment and I don’t have much time to think about it because the ATP fantasy game moved its deadline up a day but, for sure, you should take Nadal for Monte Carlo. Later on we’ll figure out whether to take him for all three clay court events or not.

As for Roger Federer, you should pick him for all three slams and that leaves two Masters Series events. He’s more likely to win Hamburg than either Monte Carlo or Rome and he can probably pick up one of the summer hard court events so I would not pick him for Monte Carlo.

How about Novak Djokovic? Clearly you should pick him for all three slams and he won the Canadian Masters event last year so that leaves one more Masters event. I’m not yet convinced that he’s a good clay court player. He hasn’t gone past the quarterfinals in any of the Masters clay events and he got to the French Open semifinals last year on a very easy draw. I may use him at something like Stuttgart, which pays well, because I imagine that Nadal will be very tired out by then.

What to do with Nikolay Davydenko? I’d use him at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open, so that leaves three Masters events. He doesn’t have a good record at Monte Carlo and Juan Ignacio Chela has a 5-1 record over him so I’ll save him for later.

Who else would you pick if not those big players? Remember, we need eight players and that means we need two players from each quarter. Also keep in mind that many fantasy players will pick the top seeds in these early tournaments and have nothing left for later in the season. Your team might be ranked low now but you’ll be ahead later on.

Federer’s Quarter

I’m picking Nalbandian to beat Tommy Haas in the second round even though Haas is 3-0 over him because Nalbandian is 12-1 on clay so far this year. That means the big matchup is in the next round: David Nalbandian vs. Robin Soderling. Nalbandian did beat Soderling in Davis Cup last week but even though it was a home tie, it was such a tough five setter that Nalbandian was in tears afterwarda. I’m taking Soderling because hasn’t done much in slams and I can use Nalbandian later on.

I’m picking Fernando Verdasco as my second player from this quarter because he should get to the third round.

Djokovic’s Quarter

If not Djokovic, then who?

Andy Murray has never been past the second round of the clay court Masters events. To add insult to injury, James Blake has beaten him on red clay. Filippo Volandri lost in the first round here the last two years but he’s beaten Murray both times they’ve played on clay, so he should get to the third round but I’m not picking him and here’s why.

Richard Gasquet is a tough player to figure out. He’s never been past the third round at Roland Garros and I don’t expect that to change given his fragile psyche. You have to pick him for Wimbledon and I suppose we should wait and see about the U.S. Open. Not because he’s done well there but because he could. That still leaves us three Masters events for him and he does well at Monte Carlo so I’m picking him.

Carlos Moya should get to the third round and meet up with Gasquet so one of them will get to the quarterfinals. Volandri, on the other hand, will probably go out to Djokovic and only reach the third round and that’s why I’m picking Gasquet and Moya.

Davydenko’s Quarter

I’m not picking Davydenko either so who will it be?

Chela does okay at these clay Masters events when the opponent isn’t too tough. Philipp Kohlschreiber got to the quarterfinals as a qualifier last year and then won Munich but he hasn’t done anything on clay since so I’m going to gamble that Davydenko is tired and Chela beats him and gets to the quarterfinals.

Oy, Nicolas Almagro and Juan Monaco could play each other in the second round. Almagro just beat Monaco in Valencia and he’s in the final so he could be tired. Still, there’s no one else in the top part of this quarter that excites me so Almagro it is.

Nadal’s Quarter

I am picking Nadal so let’s see who I can pick in the top part of this quarter.

David Ferrer has three quarterfinal appearances at Monte Carlo and Paul-Henri Mathieu has none. Now, should I save Ferrer for later on since he’s unlikely to get past Nadal? I wouldn’t use him at Wimbledon but I could use him at the French Open and the U.S. Open depending on his draw. He has also a good record at Cincinnati. That still leaves me two events and he is in the final at Valencia tomorrow so I’m taking him.

Monte Carlo Draw

My Picks

Soderling, Verdasco, Gasquet, Moya, Chela, Almagro, Nadal, Ferrer

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What are the origins on the Olympic torch and what is Roger Federer in for with his new coach?

Torch Songs

In what year did the Olympic torch make its first journey from Olympia to the site of the Olympic games as it still does today? If your first guess was a date in ancient times, think again. Why would the torch have to travel anywhere? Olympia was the site of the Olympics so where would the torch go? Besides, the torch was not a symbol of the ancient games.

The modern Olympic games started in Greece in 1859 so the torch still would not have had far to travel and those games didn’t have an Olympic torch either. No, the correct answer is 1936 and the Olympics were hosted by Berlin. Yes, Mr. Hitler came up with the Olympic torch, yet another symbol designed to bolster his nationalistic agenda. He had a genius for such things.

This is all covered in an excellent article about the history of the torch in Monday’s New York Times. Later this month, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will also join in the Olympic celebration with an exhibit titled, “Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.”

Hitler’s torch made its way from Greece through Eastern Europe and Vienna tracing out a path that Hitler’s army would soon take. In 2008, China sent the torch through Taiwan so that everyone is clear that China considers Taiwan to be its property rather than an independent sovereign nation.

You can see why the torch ceremony brings out the protesters but there are more creative ways of expressing opposition to this sometimes nationalistic procession posing as a symbol of peace. During the runup to the 1956 Olympics in Australia, the Times article says, a student took a chair leg and an empty plum-pudding tin and made his own torch. He stuffed a pair of underwear into his torch, lit the underwear, and presented it to the Mayor of Sydney. Those Aussies, they just can’t help being performance artists.

Fed’s New Coach

It’s time for musical chairs – in this case, recycled tennis coaches. Roger Federer has chosen Jose Higueras as his new coach and, really, how much choice was there?

Mats Wilander won the French Open more than a few times and he would have been a good choice if he hadn’t questioned Federer’s manhood after Federer refused to attack the net in his 2006 French Open final loss to Rafael Nadal. Larry Stefanki is otherwise employed though so is Higueras – he coaches Robby Ginepri who must feel just a little bit less important at the moment. Darren Cahill is a very gracious and proper guy but he doesn’t seem to wander too far from Las Vegas. Brad Gilbert is anything but gracious and proper. Where are the young, up and coming coaches? Anyone have any suggestions?

I must say I’m a bit puzzled by the choice of Higueras. When Pete Sampras was faltering and went winless at the slams for a two year period before finally winning his last slam, he worked with Higueras for a while. I remember an interview with Pete just after he’d played a match and just before he took off for the practice court. That’s right, the practice court, and it was after a match, not before. Pete admitted at the time that this was not something he was used to.

That’s what it’s like working with Higueras and that seems like the last thing Federer needs at the moment. Evidently Federer stopped off at the Mayo Clinic on his way home after the Indian Wells-Miami Master Series swing. Maybe he was just checking to make sure he really is over his bout of mononucleosis but even if he is, surely overwork can’t be a good thing.

I’m also puzzled by Federer’s choice to play Estoril considering that the three clay court Masters Series events will be squeezed into four weeks this year and the first one starts next Monday. He plays very few optional events so he could be piling up some easy points to pad his lead over Nadal and I wonder if he’ll find a way to opt out of the middle Masters Series event in Rome so that he’ll be fresh for Hamburg. By that time Nadal will be even more exhausted than he was last year when Federer beat him. Nadal is playing his home tournament in Barcelona and that gives him no weeks off between Monte Carlo and Hamburg.

Just one more reason that Nadal is likely to lose to someone this clay court season even if it’s not Federer. And I’m guessing it won’t be Federer.

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Yes it’s that time again. The 2008 ATP Fantasy Tennis Season begins on April 21st with the Monte Carlo Masters Series Event.

Don’t you love how much notice they give us each year? We’ve got about a week to set up our team, choose our players, and join a subleague. If you had a team last year, you’ll have the same team name this year.

I’ve posted the 2008 ATP Fantasy Tennis Guide. It has fast facts, strategies and sources for statistics. It’s essentially a snapshot of the rest of the season. I’ve also included it here for your entertainment.

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2008 ATP Fantasy Tennis Guide

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Here are a few Fast Facts, some Strategies, and Statistical Information to help you play the ATP fantasy tennis game. I post my picks at Tennis Diary the day before each week’s tournaments start, either Saturday or Sunday.

FAST FACTS

  1. Each team consists of eight players and one doubles team. Each player or doubles team can be chosen no more than five times in a season.
  2. Each week’s team has to be chosen before the first match of the next tournament. The deadlines can be found on the Tournaments Page. You can also see a calendar of deadlines below. The complete rules are here.
  3. Draws for tournaments are posted 24-36 hours before the tournament starts and can be found on the ATP home page. Be sure to check the draws each week to make sure two of your players don’t meet in an early round and knock each other out of the tournament.
  4. Only players ranked in the top 100 as of April 21 are eligible to be picked for a fantasy tennis team. The eligible players are listed on your team page.
  5. Teams are ranked based on the total prize money your players earn.
  6. The season starts on April 21st with Monte Carlo. The season ends on October 27th with the Paris Masters tournament.
  7. Season length: 24 weeks (you’ll pick 24 teams).
    • Total number of tournaments: 42. Keep in mind that this season is much harder than last season because there are 12 more tournaments but you can still only pick from a total of 100 players. Eight of the 12 new tournaments are on clay.
    • Number of slams: 3 (French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).
    • Number of Masters Series tournaments: 7 (Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Montreal, Cincinnati, Madrid, Paris).
    • Number of tournaments on clay: 16, outdoor hard court: 10, indoor hard court: 6, indoor carpet: 4, grass: 6.

STRATEGIES

Look for the Prize Money

Look at the list of tournaments ranked by prize money below. Remember, your team’s standing is determined by your team’s total prize money.

Since the slams have the highest prize money followed by the Masters Series events and then the lower level tournament, save your top players for the slams and the Masters Series events. You should use Roger Federer in all three slams and two of the seven Masters events since you can only use him five times for example.

Plan Your Entire Season

Plan your picks at the beginning of the season. For instance, the clay court season is very long. There are 16 clay court events so you don’t want to run out of clay court players. Some players perform best on indoor hard court and carpet and you need to save them for the fall indoor season.

To find the best performers on each surface:

  • Tennisinsight.com has a list of the top twenty players on each surface. This site uses a sophisticated model that is constantly updated to determine a player’s rating on each surface.
  • Tennis.matchstat.com has a list of the ten players with the best record on each surface.
  • To check out an individual player’s record on a surface, go to tennis.matchstat.com and enter a player’s name. At the top of his results will be a table showing his performance on different surfaces for the past five years. Look at Sam Querrey for instance. This is not a player you should choose for a clay court tournament.

Tournament surfaces are listed in the prize money list below.

To find the best performers at each tournament:

  • Go to tenninsight.com’s Tournaments page. The page for each tournament lists the best and worst performers at that tournament.
  • Go to tennisform.com and click on the Men’s Tennis pulldown menu. Click on the desired tournament and you’ll see a complete record of every player who has played at that tournament. You can click on any heading in the table to sort by that heading. For instance, if you want to sort the players by name, click on the Name heading.

Pick the Draws

If you’re a fanatic, pick the draws:

  1. Get the draws for each week’s tournaments in the Now Playing section on the ATP home page and print them out.
  2. Get the head to head records for each match in the draw and pick the winners in each round of the tournament.
  3. Choose the top players in each tournament for your team.

STATISTICS

List of tournaments ranked by prize money:

  1. French Open (clay), Wimbledon (grass), U.S. Open (outdoor hard): $1.4 million (est.)
  2. Monte Carlo Masters (clay), Rome Masters (clay), Hamburg Masters (clay), Madrid Masters (indoor hard), Paris Masters (indoor carpet): $553, 846
  3. Montreal Masters (outdoor hard), Cincinnati Masters (outdoor hard): $420, 000
  4. Basel (indoor carpet): $223, 384
  5. Vienna (indoor hard): $213, 846
  6. Barcelona (clay): $209, 692
  7. Stuttgart (clay): $181, 538
  8. Kitzbuhel (clay): $180, 000
  9. Halle (grass), Stockholm (indoor hard), Lyon (indoor carpet): $177, 692
  10. Moscow (indoor carpet), St. Petersburg (indoor carpet): $171, 000
  11. Tokyo (outdoor hard): $135, 000
  12. Queens (grass): $130, 000
  13. Sopot (clay): $104, 231
  14. Gstaad (clay): $100, 000
  15. New Haven (outdoor hard), Bangkok (indoor hard): $94, 000
  16. Munich (clay), Poertschach (clay), Casablanca (clay), s-Hertogenbosch (grass), Nottingham (grass), Bucharest (clay), Metz (indoor hard): $90, 923
  17. Beijing (outdoor hard): $85, 000
  18. Indianapolis (outdoor hard): $83, 500
  19. Bastad (clay), Amersfoort (clay), Umag (clay): $83, 461
  20. Washington (outdoor hard): $80, 680
  21. Los Angeles (outdoor hard): $79, 000
  22. Mumbai (outdoor hard): $68, 8000
  23. Newport (grass): $64, 000

Calendar of Deadlines

Choose your team every week before the deadlines listed below. ET (US) refers to Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. CET refers to Central European Time. These deadlines change throughout the season so always check the ATP tournaments page each week.

2008-04-21 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-04-28 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-05-05 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-05-12 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-05-18 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-05-25 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-06-09 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-06-15 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-06-23 Last Substitution: 07:00 ET (US) 13:00 CET
2008-07-07 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-07-14 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-07-21 Last Substitution: 10:00 ET (US) 16:00 CET
2008-07-28 Last Substitution: 10:00 ET (US) 16:00 CET
2008-08-04 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-08-11 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-08-17 Last Substitution: 10:00 ET (US) 16:00 CET
2008-08-25 Last Substitution: 10:00 ET (US) 16:00 CET
2008-09-07 Last Substitution: 21:00 ET (US) 2008-09-09 03:00 CET
2008-09-21 Last Substitution: 21:00 ET (US) 2008-09-22 03:00 CET
2008-09-28 Last Substitution: 22:00 ET (US) 2008-09-29 22:00 CET
2008-10-06 Last Substitution: 02:00 ET (US) 08:00 CET
2008-10-13 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET
2008-10-20 Last Substitution: 02:00 ET (US) 08:00 CET
2008-10-27 Last Substitution: 04:00 ET (US) 10:00 CET

Court Speed

Court speed is an important variable in tennis matches. Faster courts favor harder hitters. Slower courts favor clay court specialists.

A player may be the number four seed at the U.S. Open but he is unlikely to reach the semifinals if he is a clay court specialist. Wimbledon is different. The top 32 seeds reflect the rankings but the order of the seeds is adjusted to favor players who excel of fast courts. For that reason, the top seeds at Wimbledon are more likely to reach the later rounds.

Go to tennisinsight.com’s Tournaments page. The page for each tournament will give the speed of the surface at that tournament and its rating in comparison to other tournaments.

Note that this data is not the measured court speed but how fast the court is playing. The number of games played per set is a useful way of gauging court speed because the faster the court, the easier it is to hold serve and the more games will be played.

Useful Websites for Player Records and Statistics

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