Courts and Play

Apr 6, 2016 by

Many of us know that there are various types of courts that range from grass to clay to artificial materials. What we sometimes forget until we actually start playing on these courts though, is that the different types of courts have different characteristics of play. We’re here to provide you with the information you may need to be prepared for playing on a different type of court than you’re used to.


Grass Courts


The first tennis courts were made of grass. Today, it is the least available court because of the expenses that come with frequent maintenance, and limited playable time frames. Unlike other court types, grass courts are only available a few months out of the year, and can be worn down if played on too frequently. The inconsistent and soft surface of the grass makes the ball bounce low and fast. This makes it difficult to play from the baseline, the fast-paced serve and volley strategy is favored on this court.


Clay Courts


There are 2 common types of clay courts, red and green.  This is the most preferred surface due to its slow speed and ease on the body. The clay allows players to slide, creating an expanded ability to cover the court.  Unfortunately, the sliding and the lines that are nailed to the court creates inconsistent bounces.  To effectively win on clay, it is important to successfully mix the depths of your shots, mixing in lobs, drop shots, and short angles.


Hard Courts


Relatively speaking, hard courts such as concrete, asphalt, and acrylic courts have higher bounces, which are much more predictable and uniform, so they can also accommodate consistent baseline players with strong defensive plays. The baseline playing method also enables the players to play more slowly should they wish to do so.


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