At Wimbledon, most opt for power. On clay, balls travel slower and bounce higher, eliciting longer rallies, more points played from the baseline, and a great deal more running. Heavy topspin can give the already high bounce an extra kick, pushing a returning player back in the court and making it hard for them to attack.
Players must spend more energy on the clay court to achieve the same distance they would on grass or hard, mostly through the prominence of sliding. When stretching for shots or changing direction on low friction clay, sliding is an essential weapon in the arsenal. Sliding when slowing down reduces the time taken to turn on the slippery clay surface. The loading distribution required to ensure a successful slide, though, increases pressure on the knee and requires intense muscular control that can be extremely fatiguing. Hard courts — the newest but perhaps most popular to play on — are in many ways the middle child of the tennis court world.
Rally length and percentage baseline play clock in somewhere between grass and clay , and although Novak Djokovic slides on hard surfaces, the high friction levels make this rare and extremely difficult. Many sorts of players can succeed on hard courts — naturally including Federer and Nadal. Recent research suggests that your chances of injury are similar across the surfaces. Different ball speed, bounce height and sliding characteristics are large disparities in a game as technical and precise as professional tennis, so players must carefully manage their training and playing schedules if they are to perform at the highest level.
This is extremely physically demanding, and is probably why so few players have been able to dominate across the different courts. Meanwhile, despite being the wrong side of 30, the king of clay and the greatest on grass just keep on winning.
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YorkTalks — York, York. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Chelsea Starbuck , University of Salford. Federer and Nadal went head to head on a specially designed court in Mallorca in Matt had originally wanted to be a physiotherapist however his gymnastic background helped him in physical challenges, including training as a stuntman, and passing the recruitment courses for both the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment. He has continued on to a successful presenting career. Memorable moments: Achieved a world tandem hand gliding record, looking after boarder collie Meg, and dancing with the pop groups, Steps.
Liz reported from all over the world during her six years on the programme. Her challenges on the show included an inverted spin in a jet, lawn mower racing, paragliding, walking a circus high-wire and cleaning windows at London's Canary Wharf tower.
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Memorable moments: She won a bronze medal in the two-woman Bob at the British Bobsleigh championships and tight rope walking. Zoe joined the team during the Christmas special. Shortly after her debut, she famously said "I'd try anything once", which started a trend in her being asked to do dangerous or embarrassing things including wing-walking on top of an antique biplane and stamp collecting. Memorable moments: Running the London Marathon, joining the cast of Riverdance, and her 'I'll try anything once' challenges. The rugby loving Welshman became the 31st presenter to join the BP family.
Weightlifting, diving, and boxing were just some of the tough challenges he faced during the popular 'Have a go Geth' series. Chance has always played a part in becoming a Blue Peter presenter and in no case is that more true than Andy. Originally a runner for CBBC, he was spotted for his high energy and enthusiasm.
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When it comes to challenges Helen was well and truly fearless! Memorable moments: Walked across a high wire between the chimneys of Battersea power station. She also moved the show from its original home in London to its new studio in Salford. Joel went on a summer expedition to Turkey, he presented other CBBC shows and was certainly a joker, making the cast and crew laugh.
Memorable Moment: Joel learnt to fly a hang glider to attempt to fly alongside a peregrine falcon. His popularity continued to grow on Blue Peter as he faced his fears and kissed a couple frogs along the way! This was the first time in BP history viewers have been asked to vote for their new presenter. The elements may have got in the way of some of her challenges but she battled the waves to the end in the wave runner challenge. Memorable Moment: The wave runner challenge, wing walking, and meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Facing all challenges with a smile and his signature happy dance, the 37th presenter has faced the largest man made climbing wall in the world, gymnastics and many other physical challenges. Richie is the latest Blue Peter presenter, making him number 38 in the shows line up. He's really tall, energetic, fun-loving and excited about his BP future Watch this space! This showed his bravery and has got us excited about what he'll accomplish in the future.
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Love Loved Unlove Leila Williams 16 October — 8 January Originally beauty queen Leila had her heart set on an acting career, her and Chris quickly struck up a strong friendship. Valerie Singleton 3 September — 3 July Val's serious approach and her super-dooper skills helped with all of the Blue Peter makes, and was the perfect partner for John Noakes.
John Noakes 30 December 26 June John Noakes was the longest serving presenter of all, he was 33 when he joined and 44 when he left, nearly 13 years later. Lesley Judd 15 May — 12 April Lesley auditioned and got the job, without really knowing what Blue Peter was! Simon Groom 15 May — 23 June Joining Simon on his first day was Goldie, a seven week old golden retriever puppy, chosen to replace Shep.
Christopher Wenner 14 September — 23 June Chris had a list of talents to impress the Blue Peter team including, tennis, riding, swimming, rugby, long-distance and cross-country running, water skiing, sailing, and sub aqua. Tina Heath 5th April — 23rd June When Tina was pregnant viewers sent her lots of congratulations cards and letters, 43 pairs of bootees, 29 matinee jackets, 7 romper suits, 36 bibs, 10 shawls, and a rug. Janet Ellis 28 April — 29 June During her time on the show Janet impressed fellow presenters with her ability to learn the scripts and cope with last-minute changes.
Memorable moments: Free fall parachute jumping, the Royal Marines mud run.
Mark Curry 23 June - 26 June Mark was a huge hit with the viewers. Caron Keating 13 November — 22 January Caron became the 16th Blue Peter presenter and during her time on the show, she proved she was game for anything. Anthea Turner 14 September — 27 June Anthea holds an important spot in Blue Peter history as queen of the crafts and the presenter to make the iconic Thunderbirds Tracy Island.
Tim Vincent 16 December — 24 January Tim became the 21st presenter to join the show in Stuart Miles 27 June — 21 June Stuart's natural ability in front of the camera made him an instant hit with viewers. Katy Hill 23 June — 19 June Katy was an instant hit with the viewers, with her laid back attitude and friendly charm. Richard Bacon 21 February — 16 October Richard became Blue Peter's 25th presenter and became the "little brother" of the group.
Konnie Huq 1 December — 22 January Konnie is the longest running female Blue Peter presenter, having presented the show for an impressive 11 years! Matt Baker 25 June — 26 June Matt had originally wanted to be a physiotherapist however his gymnastic background helped him in physical challenges, including training as a stuntman, and passing the recruitment courses for both the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment. Liz Barker 23 June — 10 April Liz reported from all over the world during her six years on the programme.
Ayo Akinwolere 28 June — 28 June Chance has always played a part in becoming a Blue Peter presenter and in no case is that more true than Andy. Memorable moments: Helicopter bungee jumping and kissing a camel! Helen Skelton 23 September — 26 September When it comes to challenges Helen was well and truly fearless! Joel Defries 23 September — 14 December Joel went on a summer expedition to Turkey, he presented other CBBC shows and was certainly a joker, making the cast and crew laugh.
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