If you've only ever spent time on your local tennis court, you might be wondering why the courts we see on television in professional tournaments come in a variety of colours. In fact, tennis courts around the globe come in different surface types as well as colours, altering how the game is played and bringing new aesthetic possibilities to the corporate side of the sport.
There are three main types of tennis court that the vast majority of courts around the world are composed of, though the balance between the three has shifted someone in the last several decades.
Grass courts were the most popular in years gone by, providing a high level of availability and malleability for use around the globe. The meticulous and consistent maintenance required to keep a grass tennis court at competition grade has meant that the grass-surface court has dwindled in popularity since the advent of synthetic alternatives. Grass courts are the fastest of all three court surfaces, providing a slippery, almost resistance-free playing area, but also absorbing a lot of the impact of the ball which results in a lower bounce.
The advent of hard courts has been the main reason for the decreasing popularity in grass. Hard courts are generally made of artificial material which can range from acryliic to concrete. Hard courts are the easiest to maintain of all three court types and provide the most level playing field as the court itself has almost no impact on the ball or the movement of players, allowing each to be judged on their overall ability rather than their technique on a particular surface. Hard courts are now the most popular type of court using in professional tennis.
The final court type of the three, and the most iconic, is clay. A deep red hue of the clay court which rubs off on players and balls alike is the quintessential colour at Roland Garros, the home of the French Open. Clay courts are the slowest of the three courts as the clay absorbs the majority of the momentum behind the ball, though a dusty clay surface can promote higher bounce. The clay court is the most different of the three and professional tennis results can often indicate this with players who are otherwise highly ranked struggling on the red surface, though it is also significantly more difficult to maintain than a hard court surface.
While each of the three court types certainly boasts its own strengths and weaknesses, the presence of each in the world of tennis is integral to maintaining the wide-ranging skillset of players from around the world both professional and amateur. For more information, talk to a professional like Premier Sports & Leisure.Share
29 December 2016
I wasn't very good at sport growing up, but now I am turning 40 I want to try to learn a new sport. I am starting to learn how to play water polo. It's so much fun to learn a new skill like this and it's definitely making me fitter. I hope that I can show people on this blog that you are never too old to learn a new sport and that it can be a lot of fun. I still have a long way to go before I am as good as the others on my team, but I hope you can cheer me on!