Does home-court advantage exist in tennis?

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  1. FedFan07

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    Do you think home-court advantage is a big factor like it is in other sports such basketball or football? I'm not talking just about just at the pro level. It can be at any level, college, high school, etc. I personally think home-court advantage exists in tennis, but it isn't a huge factor like other sports
     
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  2. LuckyR

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    Run the stats on Davis Cup and you'll see the answer.
     
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  3. TeamOB

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    A bit. I always feel a bit more comfortable playing a tournament at a club where I play regularly. I am more used to the court speed and lighting, and having some buddies watching always pumps me up. But it's not that big of a deal.
     
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    From my experience, the answer is no unless there is something unique about the playing conditions. Something like a really bad surface, a lot of wind, or a lot of noise. In this case, the home team has an advantage because they can get used to the conditions in practice.
     
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  5. goober

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    In professional level outside of Davis Cup- NO. Tennis is an individual sport run as a series of international tournaments. When a hometown player upsets a much higher seed player it is usually not due to the fans or home court advantage with rare exceptions like Connors at his US Open run when he was 39.

    Usually high school or college teams don't bring out much fan support to make a huge difference. On the club level it is even less of a factor. The only situation I could see is if the home team plays on an unusual surface that no other teams play on (like artificial grass or carpet)
     
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  6. SpinToWin

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    ^^^^This.
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  7. LeeD

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    Sure it does.
    Go to a court you never played on before, try concentrating like you do at your home courts.
     
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    Slight home court advantage, but not that big of a deal. In pro sports, spectator sports its more about the fans. Dressing in your home locker room, sleeping in your own bed, eating familiar food are also part of the home court advantage in pro sports. When you're playing league tennis you don't have to deal with fans. Sure maybe it's nice to have your wife/girlfriend there but most likely she'll be playing on her phone or chatting with the other WAGs and not even paying attention to your match. Home court advantage is more about not having to drive as far to the club, knowing the speed and bounce of the court, knowing how much room you have on the sides or the backcourt, how high the ceiling is if lobbing indoors, seeing the ball against the backdrop, lighting, echo and ambient sounds, elements like wind, etc. Slight advantage, but shouldn't really change the outcome of a match. People will use that as an excuse though when they lose though.
     
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  9. NLBwell

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    Yes, there is some advantage. In general, the better player is going to win, though.
     
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    How does Nadal's clay record compare to his record on hard?

    Playing on courts similar to what you practise on is a huge advantage.
     
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  11. tennis_ocd

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    Not so much the court itself but I've wondered about the advantage of a pro tour player just being in familiar surroundings. A time zone you grew up in. Food with which you're comfortable. Your own bed. I can't imagine flying through time zones, sleeping in hotels and eating their food improving my game.
     
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    Our cheerleaders give us the edge at home.
     
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  13. rk_sports

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    Mostly yes at pro (or college) level with couple conditions... the player's emotional level and the crowd's willingness
    Example, Put Hewitt at AUS Open and he will raise his level
    Put Fish at US Open and it might go the other way
    This becomes much less of a factor say in a league match where there is no crowd...
     
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  14. TaDoey

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    Around here at the high school level yes it does. When we travel for away games it's really bad. We traveled to two cities where there were cracks that would travel right through an entire court and during introductions their coach would us to just call a redo if the ball hit a crack a bounce weirdly. These weren't small cracks either. Our courts are crack-free where it matters
     
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