What surface do you play on and/or is common in your country?

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  1. Warriorroger

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    I am from the Netherlands and that means there are a lot of claycourts to play on. When I visit my cousins in the USA, I always play on hardcourts. I am curious of any of you American players have ever played on clay and are curious to play on it. I hate clay. I love playing indoors.

    Let me know your thoughts.
     
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  2. 4brotherdrive

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    I usually play on hardcourts in Miami, Fl but there are a few clay court facilities. I personally hate playing on clay, I dislike the bounce and the slowness of this court, plus I feel like I am going to fall when I play on clay. It's a dreadful experience for me because I have a very attacking style of play. The hardcourts in Miami are usually slow and there arent any indoor courts because we live in perpetual summertime. I perfer hardcourts any day.
     
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  3. Warriorroger

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    The claycourts you have, are they like the red European clay or the American green clay?
     
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  4. Hartzy

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    I currently play on carpet with granules. It's extremely fast with very low bounces. During the spring and summer I play on outdoor red clay. Back in the good old USA I'm on hardcourts year around.
     
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  5. Craig Sheppard

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    There's an interesting dual-personality around here. All of the public courts are hard courts. Yet almost all of the private courts are clay... they usually have a few hards thrown, in but, it's almost all clay. So it's sort of strange. # of hard courts still outranks clay though.
     
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  6. vkartikv

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    Believe it or not, there's a lot of grass courts in India.
     
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  7. Ivanišević

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    I usually play on hard court, rarely on clay.
    But 90% of courts in Croatia are clay courts.
    Which is funny because we never had a real clay court player:confused:
     
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  8. Feña14

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    In England I guess it's hard court or artificial.

    Some of the upmarket clubs have grass courts in the summer but I used to play on regular hard or indoors.
     
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  9. Nick Irons

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    I usually (and prefer Hard Court) but am currently with a club that only has Clay (Green). As soon as my neighborhood completes the new tennis courts (4 brand new hard courts) I'll go back to that !
     
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  10. Pisolino227

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    I really enjoy a medium hardcourt............I hate the green clay.........I mean the green gravel.
     
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  11. Verbal_Kint

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    Hey warriorroger, where do you live in the Netherlands? I'm in Utrecht, but also frequent Amsterdam and Deventer/Apeldoorn..
     
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    Here in DC there is an abundance of free public courts. All of those are hardcourts, with a wide range of quality of surface and how fast they play (most are fast though).

    There are also some public facilities where you pay for court time, there you have a choice of indoor and outdoor hardcourts, as well as outdoor har-tru (fast green clay), mostly poor quality.

    Some clubs and hotels (like Hinckley Hilton!) in the city have good har-true outdoor courts, and in the suburbs there are a bunch of private clubs (usually golf + tennis) with good quality har-tru surfaces.

    I have heard of one club in the area with red clay courts. I have not heard of a grass court around here (maybe at the White House??).
     
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  13. jelle v

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    Nice to see there are some people from Holland here!

    I'm from Holland too. I live in Rotterdam (near the Erasmus University) and I can confirm that in Holland people mostly play on gravel. Must say that I see a tendency to have more artificial grasscourts because they cost less in maintenance. I hate the artificial grasscourts, balls don't bounce very high so it's killing for my topspin gravel minded game :grin:
     
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  14. Alejandro D

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    It depends on what surface you've lerned/are used to play. I've played on clay all my life and I feel very unsafe when I play on hard.
     
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  15. Noveson

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    I play on crappy cracked hard courts. Our school is more of a basketball school:( But I play varsitiy basketball also so that isn't so bad.
     
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  16. 4brotherdrive

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    Green clay, not as slow as red, but still slower than a hardcourt.
     
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  17. 4brotherdrive

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    I understand what your saying I am just stating my personal opinion. I am not saying that clay is a bad surface it just doesn't suit me because I play a hard-court orientated game.
     
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  18. Volly master

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    i <3 the green clay, its my favorite surface my far.
     
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    here in the dc metro area hard courts are the most common. there are other surfaces like har-tru clay and carpet with sand; but those are usually limited to clubs and such.
     
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  20. Alejandro D

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    I know what you mean. Some people think that a standard surface shoud be picked. Personally, I believe that the diversity of surfaces makes tennis more interesting.
     
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  21. Warriorroger

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    Near Den Haag:grin:
     
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  22. Andres

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    90% of the courts are claycourts in Argentina.
    The rest is a 8% of hardcourts, and the 2%, synthetic grass and carpet.
     
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  23. baseliner87

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    yeah in australia we have a big variety most common would be en-tout-cas courts wich is like clay courts but a bit faster and then it's a mix of hard courts and synthetic grass, followed by a low percentage of grass courts.
     
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  24. baseliner87

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    anyone else?
     
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    i'm from australia too and i mainly see grass courts and hard courts. although i do live in the country so i don't see many courts in the cities. our local courts are sort of sand/dirt, sounds terrible but not that bad to play on.
     
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  26. ShcMad

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    Have you ever played on Rebound Ace, mate? I'd love to try Rebound Ace. All we get here in America are hardcourts and green clay.
     
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    i have played on hardcourts, i'm not sure if any were rebound ace though, i know it's a different surface than regular hardcourts but is it even that much better/different? the aus open isn't even going to be played on rebound ace anymore, we're just getting the US surface i think. i mainly play on my crappy local courts and sometimes grass. i thought there'd be plenty of grasscourts in the US???
     
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    "en-tout-cas courts" could you elaborate on these courts? are thay sort of a sandy colour (lighter than the european red clay)? need heaps of watering?
     
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  29. lethalfang

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    I'm in California, and I haven't seen any court other than hard courts.
    I would really love to play on clay courts though. I think my game is better suited for clay courts. :-s
     
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  30. D-Bomb

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    actually there are very very few grass courts in the US. I live in Northern California where hard courts completely dominate, and the only other surface I've played on is chewed-up red clay in Spain (stick the American on the the court with no sweep!). I'm disappointed about it, and I'd love to play on every surface there is. So I suppose I'd do great at a place like Saddlebrook in FLA eh?
     
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  31. tennis_hand

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    mainly hardcourts. played on synthetic grass too.

    wanna try clay, not i don't think I'll like it.

    favorite: grass, even if it is synthetic. just like the feeling of stepping on it and fast balls.
     
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  32. rum02

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    i wonder why... i live in a pretty isolated place here in australia and half an hours
    drive north there's a huge grass court tennis complex with about 30-40 courts. half an hours drive in the oppposite direction and there's another grass court tennis centre with 15-20 courts. even in this town (3,000 people) we used to have 8 grass courts, but because of the drought we couldn't maintain them anymore.
     
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  33. woodie55

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    Baseliner87 - re your comments. Depends on where you are in Aus re the en-tout-cas courts. I assume you are in Melbourne or perhaps one of the other capital cities, and I would agree that there are lots of clubs that have en-tout-cas or red porous clay, well brick dust , but once you leave the capital cities then no. Outside of the metropolitan areas either hard courts (asphalt or plexi pave courts) used to dominate. These are rapidly losing ground to synthetic grass or synthetic clay (as in classic clay, poly clay etc). I may add that there a lot of clubs, in the northeren suburbs of Melb anyway, that are now laying synthetic grass or classic clay courts. And rum02, yes en-tout-cas courts are the ones that look like red clay and, yes they do need a lot of water (about a 1000 litres per court per day is our current useage). I grew up in the country Vic and the local town (pop. 3000) had grass courts maintained by the council. Well, when I say grass, I mean 60% grass and 40% dirt, as they were not maintained all that well. But all the other courts around the area were asphalt (pre-date plexipave). One town had rubberised courts (shredded rubber mixed with bitumen - three hits and the balls were black). Grass in Australia is definitely a dying surface as it cannot be used year round and is very expensive and time consuming to maintain. And councils in the main are no longer doing the maintenance and small country town clubs can no longer afford to maintain them. I can only think of 9 grass court complexes left in Vic - Mildura, Swan Hill, Albury-Wodonga, Hamilton, Geelong, Creswick, Kooyong, Bendigo and Yarrawonga. I think that's it but I cannot be really sure.
     
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  34. rum02

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    wangaratta also has grass. whorouly also have good grass courts (i think it's whorouly). according to the tennis aus site myrtleford has grass too. but yeah i agree grass is starting to loose popularity.
     
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  35. ThomasH

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    Well I'm dutch, so most of the time I play on clay and in the winter we play on carpet or hardcourt. but at my club there are going to build a hall so we can play on clay during the winter season
     
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  36. origmarm

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    In London I play mostly on hardcourts. I have played on some astroturf also and once on grass.
    I used to play on clay all the time when I lived in continental europe.
    I prefer the clay, but then I'm getting old and slow :)
     
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  37. callitout

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    Does anyone have an economic explanation for why clay is more common in most of the world but hard is predominant in US. Ive always assumed clay was more expensive to maintain--watering. But maybe thats not correct. I supose hard has to be resurfaced every few years.
    And I have no idea which is more expensive to install initially.
     
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  38. Koaske

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    There are lots of clay courts in Finland. Almost all of the tournaments in summer are played on clay. There are usually a few hard courts around too but grass courts are very rare. I'd like to play on grass though.
     
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    Why most of the clay courts at US are made of that green stuff? There isnt any big tournaments on green clay, but there is one GS and few masters at red clay. It would make sense if they only made hardcourts at US, or hardcourts and red clay. But why the green stuff?
     
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  40. BNK

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    Oz, Clay, Love-em

    Peace out;)
     
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  41. baseliner87

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    hey were is aus are you from?
     
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  42. baseliner87

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    and were are you from?
     
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  43. baseliner87

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    yeah sorry mate when i say hard court i mean rebound ace there really no hard court around were i live just rebound ace
     
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    yeah mate they are like clay courts they call then en-tout-cas because they hare a bit faster than original clay courts, and i'm pretty sure they are made of crushed brick or something, don't get me wrong they look exactly the same as clay courts but are not made of clay.
     
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  45. rommil

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    Ok here is mine. Originally from the Philippines and grew up playing on fast(I mean very fast) hardcourts and the occassional shell(lol) courts. In the US now so I play mostly on hardcourts and red clay(which I always have to adjust a lot since my game is not really suited for clay lol). Have yet to play on grass
     
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  46. MasturB

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    The public park here in Savannah, Ga (USA) has 9 courts.

    1 section of green clay
    1 section of red clay
    1 section of green hardcourt (not sure if it's fast/medium or whatnot)

    I hate playing clay, I normally play at the hardcourts here at Armstrong Atlantic University.
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  47. ACE of Hearts

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    I usually play on hardcourts since i am in the U.S.I have played on grass, they are a couple of grass courts where i live.Never played on clay.
     
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    There use to be an entire summer season of Pro tourneys in the US played on the harTru (green clay). It would be great to see that come back for a lot of reasons I think. The reason why you see the HarTru (green clay) in the US an not elsewhere much if at all is because it is a natural crushed rock/stone material only found in the US (Virginia area I believe)...I suspect the reason why it isnt seen in other countries is because it is heavy and expensive to ship.
    Altho I grew up on fast hard courts playing serve/volley T, I really think it <HarTru> is the best surface. Best supports all styles of play and is easy on the body....obviously lots more expensive to maintain than most hardcourts, and why isnt seen on many muni facilities or high school courts..
     
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  49. PBODY99

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    The Delaware Valley has hard, red clay green fast dry, which I play on weeekly and grass courts which I play on only 4 to 7 times a year.
     
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    hard and clay... never played on carpet or grass but would really like to... especially grass
     
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