“Balls Are Flying”: Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova Comment on Fast Surface at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/07/2021, 3:30 AM EST
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina


The Australian Open 2021 will begin tomorrow with 128 men and women competing for the title. As it is one of the four major tournaments in tennis, the pressure on the players is imminent. Luckily, most of them got enough training and match-time to prepare for the conditions. What’s more, Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova both have also confirmed that the courts are very fast this year.

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This means that Melbourne Park will be a house of aces for the next three weeks. However, the Australian World No.1 believes that the courts are altered every year to comply with the weather.

Barty said, “The courts here have always changed, depending on the weather. That’s quite normal.” But this time, even the Australian Open tennis balls will play a big role on the court.

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Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the Yarra Valley Classic with the trophy after her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“When you get a warmer day, the heat stays in the court a little bit longer and, with the balls this year, it’s quite lively, quite bouncy off the court. But at night it can slow down as well,” she continued. “It’s more how the balls and the courts react to the weather as opposed to the surface itself.”

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Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova on the fast surface of the Australian Open 2021

Before starting her Australian Open 2021 campaign, Ashleigh Barty picked up the Yarra Valley Classic title. Therefore, considering she played the whole week, she is in a good place to address the effects of the court.

“I think they are playing a little bit quicker this year,” she confirmed. However, she claims that the number of matches ahead will add more face to the court. “The next three weeks is going to quicken them up even more.”

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Apart from the Aussie star, the Czech professional Petra Kvitova also gave her testimony on the fast courts. However, given her aggressive playing style, the faster courts will give her an advantage.

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“The courts here? Actually, I can’t complain,” Petra said. “I like faster surfaces. Yeah. I like it. It is fast … and the balls are flying as well. All good.”

It will all come to a test tomorrow as players will take on the various courts in Melbourne Park. Nerves and excitement will run out of bounds as we go deeper into the Happy Slam. For now, let’s hope for a great start tomorrow.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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