To the purists, that was a shame because grass court tennis at its best meant players charging the net, the perfect contest between attack and defence, between serve-volley and return. With the ball bouncing lower than on other surfaces, grass encouraged players to move forward at every opportunity.
According to the tournament, the speed of the court is also affected by weather conditions, both in the build-up to and during an event, while the bounce, it says, is actually ‘largely determined by the soil, not the grass’.
Moving well on grass requires players to get lower than on other surfaces, which places a strain on the back and ankles. Any negative is outweighed, though, by the fact that the softer surface is better on the joints, while the shorter rallies mean that on average, winning a grass-court match is not quite as physical an ordeal as doing so on clay.