which grass ? real or the synthetic one ?
Apart from a handful of private clubs in major metropolitan areas, we don’t have grass or clay courts period in most of the US. So, we usually don’t have juniors with any experience playing on anything outside of hard courts and that’s a problem for US tennis.Do you guys have grass court events for your juniors?
Here in Australia we have separate state and national championships for hardcourt, grass and clay.
It’s a good initiative, and gives a lot of kids experience on surfaces that they may not be exposed to much on a week to week basis.
I don’t have memories of playing tennis on grass courts growing up…but I have wonderful memories of lazing away weekend afternoons reading PG Wodehouse books!I will always have wonderful PG Wodehouse-style memories of spending long summer days playing on the immaculate courts or flopping down on the turfed banks beside the courts to chat, the smell of freshly cut grass, the newly painted lines and morning dew, playing bare-footed when it got too hot and cooling off in the sprinklers when they came on in the middle of the day. There is also almost nothing in tennis to my mind as aesthetically pleasing as playing on a grass court on a sunny summer evening as the sunlight dapples the turf and the shadows creep across the court.
There is this tournament but I have been unable to locate others.Apart from a handful of private clubs in major metropolitan areas, we don’t have grass or clay courts period in most of the US. So, we usually don’t have juniors with any experience playing on anything outside of hard courts and that’s a problem for US tennis.
The USTA has built a National Training center in Florida with many green clay and some red clay courts and are training some of the top juniors there. But, you have to be a top junior willing to leave your family at a young age and go live in Florida to benefit from that and so, I don’t think it is going to help develop a lot of players from around the country. The USTA is better off building centers like that in all the major regions of thy country or at least proving maintenance funding for more public parks to have clay courts.
Favorite surface. Forgiving on the body, rewards the server, encourages use of brain over braun, smaller margins than clay.
The problem would be the extra real estate. Since golf courses aren’t built with grass courts in the planning, there’s really no meaningful space to install a court with proper dimensions and safety.Too bad there aren't more grass courts around--it's the best when done right! How much would you pay per hour to play on quality grass courts?
Golf clubs could make some extra money if they would also have grass tennis courts--the same grounds crews who maintain pristine putting greens could maintain the grass courts.
If your bounces were less consistent than Clay I’d say you were on some pretty bad grass courts! Then again if you were taking a lesson you probably were in the premier tier of courts. They usually save those for prime time member play.I took a lesson at Newport just so I could hit on grass, the only lesson I've ever taken. The courts were a bit patchy, so the bounces were even less consistent than har-tru.
I think this depends on whether or not the courts are laser-graded. When I played on grass courts, they played almost as true as a hard court. Except of course in the dirt patches. The proshop attendant told us that they were laser-graded and that was the big difference in getting weird bounces on a grass court vs a more true bouncing grass surface.Bounces on grass courts are something of a lottery
The Philadelphia area has (or at least had) three clubs with loads of grass courts.
I've actually played at all 3 of them (Germantown, Philadelphia and Merion) as the Grass Court Nationals holds different age groups at the various clubs. Germantown is by far the most 'blue collar' of the 3. I'ts nice, but the courts aren't even close in quality to Philadelphia or Merion.GermanTown Cricket Club in Philly is a great club.
Some of fondest memories of my youth are my coaches yelling at me to bend my knees. Now all you see is 6'4" pros standing upright and hitting balls at hip height and above. OMG .. they are the most talented players evaarWhat I remember most is that my quads were killing me by the end of the weekend. I was constantly in a crouch as the ball just doesn't bounce much, especially if your opponent hits flat or slice.