DUAL Australian Open finalist Pat Cash has hailed the quickening of Melbourne Park courts, revealing he approached senior tournament officials two years ago pleading for a faster – and fairer – surface.
The 1987 Wimbledon champion says medium-paced Plexicushion will reward all players, encouraging more attacking tennis while still suiting defensive counter-punchers.
Writing in the Sunday Times, Cash said: “Finally, sense prevails at the Australian Open. The likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray might not be too happy about the news but it seems the court surfaces at Melbourne Park this year are going to be quicker than they have been for many years and for me that’s great.”
“Now attacking play will be rewarded, and for me, there will hopefully be a move towards something that’s almost become extinct in the modern game; variety. Let’s not beat about the bush here; tennis is not a sport solely for back-court players. And by that I mean those aforementioned three guys who have cleaned up in 11 of the last 12 grand slam tournaments”.