What Is The Best Tennis Court Surface For You?
Different tennis court surfaces encourage diverse playing tactics and depending on what kind of tennis player you are, you are likely to be better adapted to a particular court surface. But which type of court is most suited to you?
When it comes to size, the length and width of all standard tennis courts must meet the same specifications that have been set out by the International Tennis Federation. However, when it comes to a tennis court’s surface, there are several options available. The three most common tennis court surfaces are clay, grass and hard court.
When tennis ace Andre Agassi won the French Open in 1999, his title was accompanied with the additional achievement of being the first player in the Open era of men’s tennis, which begun in 1968, to win every grand-slam competition on the three different court surfaces. Although whilst the legendary Andre Agassi, with his dexterous antics on the court, may be able to play a sensational game of tennis regardless of what court he is on, the more humble majority are less universal in adapting to different surfaces.
So which tennis court surface is the right one for you?
A hard court
Compared to grass and clay courts, hard courts are a relatively new addition to the world of tennis. An indoor hard tennis court is typically made up of asphalt, whereas an outdoor hard court is usually made of concrete. Whilst hard courts are widely considered to be the most neutral of tennis playing surfaces, they generally create a faster play. Due to generating a faster game of tennis, hard courts are most suitable for players who like to attack and play with power.
A clay court
A clay court is widely accepted as being a premium surface for playing tennis. Being soft underfoot, a clay court absorbs some of the shock inflicted on a player’s foot and leg, making players less prone stress on the joints and injury.
Clay courts are most suitable for players who prefer playing a slower game of tennis, as in absorbing some of the power of the ball, it gives players more time to reach the ball and think ahead of their shot. Clay courts are therefore the best type of court to improve your patience on the court and ability to think ahead.
A grass court
Grass tennis courts provide several obvious advantages, namely that they are softer than hard and clay courts, meaning that not only are players’ joints put under less strain but also when a player does fall, the grass cushions the impact. The racquet generally meets the ball lower on a grass court, which usually means that the arms are put under less strain compared to meeting high shots.
From a playing perspective, in encouraging low bounces, grass courts generally generates a versatile, all-court game.
Tennis enthusiast Helena Wainwright wrote this blog on behalf of Neill Newport, specialist sports court contractors – www.neillnewport.co.uk.
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