Wimbledon is in the past now but since it started two weeks ago we knew that Roger Federer was going to win the tournament, didn’t we? So far we’ve seen the best performances on hard court in Australia, clay courts in France and grass courts in England and it’s interesting how certain players perform on each surface. For instance Nadal is the king of clay while Federer outperforms everyone on grass but, do we as the audience understand what’s going on? Why Federer’s service is nearly to impossible to return on grass? or how Djokovic rallies so well on hard court?
Some tennis gear is design for a specific type of court: heavy duty balls are made for hard courts and won’t perform the same on clay, they’ll get damp and cloggy whereas regular duty balls will wear out quicker on hard courts. Tennis shoes work somehow around the same principle as balls so when buying tennis shoes for clay make sure the outsole is non-marking and non-clogging.
Let’s get smarter this week with a video made to understand the different characteristics of hard, clay and grass courts and how the most notable players in tennis have tweaked their game in order to be unbeatable.
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