Whats the worst surface you have played on?

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  1. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    Wow. I don't even know what to say.

    Is that how the 1% live? They all have tennis courts in their back yards, but the very idea of playing tennis is so boring that they let their personal court fall into disrepair? To me, that would be like my buying a designer sequined ball gown and then tossing it in the washing machine.

    Neglecting your personal tennis court oughtta be a crime in all 50 states.
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Many estates come with a tennis court when they are purchased, even if the buyer doesn't want it.
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

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    Yeah, but if you buy a house that has a pool and you don't want the pool, do you just let it turn into an algae pond?

    These one percenters need to learn some self respect.
     
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  4. JW10S

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    I agree. Recently before heading to Europe I was wanting some clay court practice and someone, who was not a tennis player, told me they knew someone who had a Har-Tru court in their backyard. He arranged for me to play there and when I showed up I was impressed by the big beautiful house. Then I saw the court. Clearly the court had not been used or maintained for a very long time. Most of the top surface was gone, there were cracks, and in some places the tacked down lines ended up being raised a good 1/2-3/4 inch above the surface because the Har-Tru had eroded away. The net was maybe 2 feet high in the middle. It was sad--what a waste. This could have been such an asset but the owners couldn't be bothered. The owner saw me leaving shortly after I arrived and yelled out 'you done already?'. I said the court was not playable and she said 'yeah, we never use it'. It took all my will power just to say thanks anyway and leave and not say what I really thought.
     
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  5. purple-n-gold

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    I played in a tourney last week where the courts were badly cracked and sprigs of grass was growing up through the cracks, not to mention the huge generator on one side that sounded like a jet engine : )


     
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  6. msweigert08

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  7. NoQuarter

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    This stuff is by far the worst to play on. Playing on cracked courts...or grass growing up in the court is great compared to this stuff. At least you KNOW where the cracks and grass is! On this stuff, there are dead spots all over the place but you can't tell where they are! First time I warmed up on this stuff out of the first 10 balls I got 10 different bounces. Crazy. Another thing with this stuff is that it builds up static electricity. DO NOT stick your racquet out to get a ball that is against the fence....unless you want a free perm!
     
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  8. msweigert08

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    I am not sure why people think this stuff would be a good investment
     
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  9. CaldwellYSR

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    I'm new to tennis but I've played basketball on that crap before and let me tell you it was the worst game I have ever played in.
     
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  10. msweigert08

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    I would think its too soft to play basketball on
     
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  11. robbo1970

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    sand (terrible bounce)
     
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  12. CaldwellYSR

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    It is and it his no spring to it at all. Plus it eats skin to pieces when you fall on it.
     
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  13. jacktyler627

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    played on har tru courts that had the water break on them and had dried out for like 3 days (which were already fairly dry before)

    I now know why nadal complained about madrid's blue clay

    you get so accustomed to some sort of feeling that when it becomes more slick and you fall multiple times it gets frustrating, especially not being able to play at a hundred percent because of footing/stability
     
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  14. Blade0324

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    Grass courts. I have played on true grass as well as an artificial grass court and they are really terrible. Much worse bounces than on clay. The ball really skids, footing is not good and it hardly seems like tennis.
     
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  15. coloskier

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    Any clay. Clay is for pigs that want to play in the mud. (joke) In high school we would play on the basketball court in the winter. If you can get your racket prepared on that court you can do it on any court. Forget about hitting with anything but an eastern or continental grip, because the ball would never bounce above your knees.
     
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  16. Staidhup

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    Slow courts, especially ones that have just been refinished. Grass is an old school serve and volley game that punishes base liners, clay is a finesse game. Love them both, but those dam newly refinished slug courts are for the birds.
     
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