Hard Court Color ... do you have a preference?

Cashman

Hall of Fame
From a visual comfort perspective I prefer darker shades of blue; they contrast well against the ball and minimise glare. Unfortunately darker courts come with the significant disadvantage of being incredibly hot to play on.

As a result I tend to prefer the lighter brown and green courts. They look a bit dated but the radiant heat seems much lower.

In general I don’t like playing on hardcourt.
 

socallefty

Professional
Personally I favor the deep blue court with green surround ...
I highly dislike the all brown or all gray
The all green feels like I went back in time to 1982
Played on one red court with green surround ... took a bit to get used to
I like blue courts the best too. All other colors seem outdated and are usually seen in older facilities.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Great question. I do have a preference of colors. I like blue courts with bright white lines. The green background seems to make the blue courts pop.
 

Chalkdust

Rookie
Personally I favor the deep blue court with green surround ...
I highly dislike the all brown or all gray
The all green feels like I went back in time to 1982
Played on one red court with green surround ... took a bit to get used to
As a player I like the blue court / green surround like you.
As a spectator (on TV) I really like the all black court as used by Laver Cup.
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
Personally I favor the deep blue court with green surround ...
I highly dislike the all brown or all gray
The all green feels like I went back in time to 1982
Played on one red court with green surround ... took a bit to get used to
I like the USO blue/green combo. the older green/green makes it harder to make good line calls esp when the ball is fast/flat. the green/red is ok too. I like black courts bc when clean, the ball leaves an easily discernable mark.
 

BlueB

Legend
I like when the surrounding is a different color than the court itself. Not to picky about color itself.

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Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
When I was in high school, our courts were a single color of dark red that looked like clay to me, just like this:



I always imagined that I was playing at Roland Garros in my HS matches.

Later in life, I belonged to a tennis club that had this dark red surrounded by lighter red color scheme, which I liked:



I suppose it just evokes nostalgic memories of my early days of playing, but it seems like the darker red combos are my preference. They are kind of rare, but that is what I would choose if I was building my own private court.
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
I do love the court colors in Atlanta when they had that exo. The inner court were blue and the outer court were peach. I don’t like the traditional blue/green combo, I see it everywhere. When I started playing many years ago, the courts were reddish brown on the outer court and the inner court were a tart green but darker.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
Some newer courts out here are made to look like red clay. Main court is clay color, outside borders are very light tan. Contrast is excellent, tennis balls pop nicely against the red clay color court.
 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
Contrast is excellent, tennis balls pop nicely against the red clay color court.
Red clay is one of the worst colours for ball visibility - on account of orange and yellow being next to each other on the colour wheel.

If you’ve got red-green colour blindness it’s even worse.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
Red clay is one of the worst colours for ball visibility - on account of orange and yellow being next to each other on the colour wheel.

If you’ve got red-green colour blindness it’s even worse.
Interesting. Must be my eyes. I would call tennis balls green more than yellow, and the green on red sure pops for me.
 

mixtape

Rookie
I prefer a blue court with green surround.

I once played on a private court and it was olympic blue with an ice blue surround. Slight contrast, but annoying after a while.
 

brettatk

Semi-Pro
We played on some courts this past weekend that were red with green surround. I was not a fan. I prefer the blue court with green surround.
 
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brettatk

Semi-Pro
Little too Christmas-y for you?
I'm not sure why really. Maybe because I grew playing on green with red surround. Just seemed off. I think our opponents were mixed up as well. I think they were use to calling a ball out if it landed in the red. Some really bad calls out there last weekend.
 

5sets

Professional
Green/surrounded by red. Hard to come by. Seems most parks are doing blue surrounded by green. I think a few years ago ATP/WTA decided it was easier to see the ball with that backdrop hence the change. Anyone know what year US Open and Aussie Open changed? Hard to fathom all that green.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Green/surrounded by red. Hard to come by. Seems most parks are doing blue surrounded by green. I think a few years ago ATP/WTA decided it was easier to see the ball with that backdrop hence the change. Anyone know what year US Open and Aussie Open changed? Hard to fathom all that green.
The US Open changed to the current blue surrounded by green combo in 2005 as part of the US Open Series branding:


The Australian Open switched to their blue courts in 2008:

 
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