Laver Cup 2017: Why are the courts black? What surface is it? Will it help Roger Federer?
Players arrived at the O2 Arena in Prague this week to be stunned when they saw that it’s been fitted with a black court.
There has never been competitive play on an all-black court at the top level – although Metz was played on a dark gray court.
Why are the courts black at the Laver Cup?
Speaking to the press ahead of the tournament, director Steve Zacks said: “We worked very hard to deliver the blackest court that’s ever been delivered.
“We made very special paint and we tested it three times under light. It’s going to present beautifully.”
The organisers hope that it will help to improve the experience for spectators as following the black ball is easier.
So what surface is it?
It’s a hard court. It’s effectively the same surface as the Australian Open is played on but just a different colour.
Roger Federer has experience playing on it before – kind of!
He and Tomas Berdych took to a similar court on the back of a boat back in February to promote the tournament.
Berdych appeared to give it the seal of approval on Twitter as it meant he could see where his serves were going – due to the marks it left on court.
He tweeted: “Today i was working on my serve placement #jobdone.”
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