Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
You mean, in Britain and Australia in the 1950's and 1960's, "hardcourt" meant a clay court, but in South Africa (also descended from British tennis traditions and terminology) it meant something other than clay? Doesn't sound right.
Of course, today, "hardcourt" in the U.S. refers to a rubber surface.
Ellis Park hosted the biggest hard court, cement court event for many many years, so in SAF players start their tennis careers on hard hard, similar to California.
The British always refeered to their clay court championships as hard courts, see Bournemouth, considered one of the world´s premiere cc events till 1970.
I don´t knoe about Australians, they seem to have no cc all round the countryˇ