You ever play a match on soft courts where they had not swept the lines? Some people think it is easier to make calls and others don’t like it. At the fourth tournament this year, Sterling Oaks tried out a modified version.
ALSS – Abbreviated Line Sweeping System
According to Tournament Advisor, Larry Turville, “In order to speed up turnover time of courts and improve line calling (leaves better mark) the tournament will use, as in the past, the ALSS. This is where only the service and baselines are cleaned leaving the sidelines uncleaned.”
“The service & baselines are cleaned for depth perception but not needed on sidelines. In turn the ball makes much clearer mark when line is unswept.”
“This also saves valuable turnover time of courts when there is a full schedule of matches all day using 12 courts (saving approx. 3 minutes per court x 12 x 4 court turnovers = 148 minutes of line sweeping). Once you get used to it you’ll wonder why we don’t use it all the time (I know not as pretty).”
Did It Work?
A couple of years back, another tournament tried NOT sweeping the lines at all. I found that difficult because of the lack of depth perception on groundstrokes. But by sweeping both horizontal lines, this method corrected that problem – and DID make it easier to see a ball on the “dirty” lines.
What are your thoughts?
Great tennis form – Why the picture of Genie Bouchard? Better than a picture of some unswept tennis lines! And here is a link (Thanks to Kevin Bryant) showing highlights of her photo shoot for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
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