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Types of Tennis Court Surfaces
Some never really consider that there are different surfaces or that it really matters for this game, but as we find out, it really can have an affect on how the game is played.
The first type of tennis court is made out of clay:
Tennis courts made out of clay are in many countries. There are claims that this is due to performance benefits and also the cost is more economical in the long term. Clay courts are said to last forever if taken care of with proper maintenance. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of maintenance each day. They can be green, red, gray or in between. Clay tennis courts are all over the world. I saw one forum where a person said they feel like their game is weaker on a clay court. The reason behind this is because the control of the ball and bounce is different. Actually games on clay courts last much longer and take more endurance than others.
The second type of court is made out of grass:
Grass courts are made of rye grass in different compositions depending on the tournament. Wimbledon, is 100 percent rye grass as others are made from a mixture or other types of grasses. It is reasoned that it would be the hardest of all courts to play on considering the ball would definitely be harder to control. To play on a grass court you would require much strength to be able to keep up with the way the ball bounces and the slowness of the ball would make it harder to get to. Grass courts are the hardest of all to maintain. They have to be seeded every year and throughout the year. They also become slippery when wet which makes for a bigger challenge in the game.
The third type of tennis court is made out of a hard surface:
A hard surface court is made out of cement, asphalt and even plastics. The hard tennis courts are the most common of all courts. These types of courts are what most people learn to play on as they are commonly in parks and schools. They are likely to give the ball a more foreseeable bounce so you are more likely to be able to follow the ball. They are the easiest to maintain on a day to day basis but in the long run they do have to be replaced or fixed. It is important that they are kept as clean as possible.
The fourth type of tennis court (indoor courts) are made out of carpet or wood:
Carpet and wood tennis courts are most likely found indoors. They don't take a whole lot of maintenance besides typical cleaning. However in the long run the wood will have to be redone. As far as the carpet goes, it will eventually have to be replaced as will wear out in places. The play is more similar to the other hard surface courts rather than clay or grass.