What courts do you play & Train on?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by millardus, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. millardus

    millardus Rookie

    May 20, 2011

    My club has 12 courts, 8 of which are basically outdoor carpet, essentially outdoor grass (it allows them to be playable in damp conditions).

    They stay quite low, vary from extremely fast to fast-medium with a layer of sand.

    We then have 4 *training* courts which are the slowest hard courts you've ever played on. Essentially, I train on these really slow courts, but then play on these slippy, low astro courts in competition. In our region, at the larger clubs, these carpet type courts are everywhere so playing on decent, firm surfaces is rare.

    I often wonder how well our competitive players would do when we go and play in other parts of the world, because having lived and played in South Africa for quite some time, it was ALL hard courts. I presume this is the same in other parts of the world.

    So, wherever you are from, what are the predominant courts in your country\area?? i.e. surface, speed, quality.

    And do you have an opinion on what courts help to develop the *overall* stronger players in this modern age?
  2. HughJars

    HughJars Banned

    Jan 7, 2013
    Those astro-turf courts screw with my game coming from hard courts. At least for a while anyway.

    In Perth, Australia, we have a great selection of grass courts. And hard courts. And even clay. One big club in particular has the astro-turf hurts, and whenever I play there I feel like a complete clutz.

    The consistency of the hard courts has helped my game the most.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  3. eidolonshinobi

    eidolonshinobi Professional

    Feb 1, 2011
    Sunny San Diego
    Back in SoCal...hard courts. Hard courts EVERYWHERE.

    Here in Taipei, mixed hard courts and red clay. Red clay is definitely different, and I like it. You've got to be more patient and move the ball.
  4. GoudX

    GoudX Professional

    Aug 17, 2012
    Pretty much everything other than clay.

    While at Uni I play on the fast indoor courts, the faster outdoor acrylic courts or the slow tarmac courts, depending on what we have booked.

    When I play at the Tennis club I play on Astroturf (outdoor carpeted fake grass, of which there is a fast and a really fast variety).

    Before going to uni/when visiting family I play on the park courts, which are really slow badly maintained tarmac courts. These are the weirdest to play on, as sometimes the ball sets up really slowly, but the really unpredictable bounce sometimes launches the ball in funny directions.

    I've also played on court 11 at the US Open and a clay court once.

    I'd really like to try some more clay court tennis, and I'd like to play on a grass court.
  5. hawk eye

    hawk eye Hall of Fame

    Feb 2, 2010
    Most of the time I play on red clay, and sometimes I have a match on artificial grasscourts.

    In the winter I played for the first time regurlaly on fast indoor carpet.
    Well the artficial grass is already a diffenrece in bounca and speed, but the indoor surface really was really something else.

    Serves you could normally get back with ease on clay, turned unto aces against you. And vice versa of course. Never hit so many aces. Way shorter rallys and more direct, attacking play.
    I have to say I loved it and I'll certainly be back there next year.
  6. maggmaster

    maggmaster Hall of Fame

    Dec 9, 2010
    I train/ play on rubberized hard court. My home courts have a mat under them which makes them easy on the knees but also slows the play way down.
  7. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Jun 22, 2007
    As a Californian I almost only play on hard courts, and luckily there are a number of good public courts near where I live. The standard hard court is a surface on top of concrete. Hard courts require less maintenance and tend to give a consistent ball bounce. Most are moderately fast, but some of the old ones can be quite slick.

    Top players can obviously be developed on either clay or hard. I assume most Spaniards developed games on clay and most Americans developed games on hard courts. I've never played on grass, but I'd like to.

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