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10-10-2005, 08:32 PM
What are grass courts made out of? (i.e. type of soil, grass) Is it possible to make one yourself if you have some space? Sorry, I've never seen a grass court before except on television.
10-10-2005, 08:33 PM
I think the ones at Wimbledon are made using rye grass, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
10-10-2005, 08:37 PM
grass? no? i think so. heh. syn. grass is my bet.
10-10-2005, 09:34 PM
I did a search just for the heck of it. It says the most common is the new variety of rye grass, but other are still used. Want to build a grass court. Check it out... Add the usual w w w and it should work...
10-10-2005, 09:40 PM
This is from Wimbledon official website:
• Court grass composed of 100% rye grass (chosen for its durability).
• 1 tonne of grass seed is used each year.
• Approximately ¾ million gallons of water are used on the grass courts each year.
• Maximum of 3,000 gallons of water used during the Fortnight - weather permitting.
• All courts re-lined, rolled and mown daily during Championships.
• Court wear, surface hardness and ball rebound are all measured daily. In general, the men
are tougher on the courts than the ladies.
• The Championships playing height of grass is 8mm.
• No! Paint is not used to colour the Centre Court green towards the end of the event.
• Paint is not used to mark the lines on the court. A transfer wheel marker is used to apply a
white compound (500 gallons used yearly) containing china clay to make it durable.
• All the lines are 50mm wide, except the baselines, which are 100mm.
• The amount a ball bounces is largely determined by the soil, not the grass. The soil must
be hard and dry to allow 13 days of play without damage to the court sub-surface.
• To achieve the required surface of even consistency and hardness, the courts are rolled
and covered to keep them dry and firm. Regular measurements are taken to monitor this.
• If the court is too soft, when the players run, jump and slide, the pimples on their shoes
will damage the surface and increase the chance of an irregular bounce.
10-11-2005, 10:19 AM
It is A LOT of hassle to keep a grass court in good shape. Our club has 4 and they only operate between March and October. Why do this to yourself? Personally, I like Astro Turf a lot, which is a sort of synthetic grass and can be played on at all times, even during rain (no puddles).
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