Help with Tennis Court Surface Selection

raspell38120

New User
MY APOLOGIES FOR POSTING ON THE WRONG SITE BUT AS I READ DAILY AND NOTICED MANY INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS I THOUGHT I MIGHT GET HELP HERE.

I have bought some property in Mexico 30 miles south of Cancun and have discovered I have room to put in a tennis court. My question concerns any advice you can give me on what type court to put in.

That area seems to have hard court but also the synthetic grass covered courts. Hard courts are very hot down there. The synthetic grass court seemed to be much softer on your body. I hit some serves on it and seemed somewhat ok but years ago I played a tournament on this stuff that had too much sand and hated it.

The builder there is recommending the synthetic grass. But I like to play on Rubico/American clay. If red clay was standard there, I would get that. But he has advised me that during hurrican season the rains and wind will blow the clay away and if I ship in Rubico it will be exhorbitantly expensive. Since I will have someone down there to do groundswork, maintenance is not as much a problem but it really spooks me that the expert is saying that they are not common.

So here are my questions. Does anyone have experience with clay courts in Mexico or other similar climates? The climate is not that dissimilar than Miami.

Does anyone play on the Synthetic grass and do they like or dislike it?

In a perfect world, I would still put in clay but if it's a real mistake and you know it, please let me know. Any other recommendations or advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

@wright

Hall of Fame
I was in Mexico a year ago, and all the courts I saw at resorts were hard. I have seen the turf/sand stuff down on the gulf coast, it looked interesting. I'd put that in if that is the indigenous court surface, most likely they are using the same surface for a reason.
 

The tennis guy

Hall of Fame
raspell38120 said:
MY APOLOGIES FOR POSTING ON THE WRONG SITE BUT AS I READ DAILY AND NOTICED MANY INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS I THOUGHT I MIGHT GET HELP HERE.

I have bought some property in Mexico 30 miles south of Cancun and have discovered I have room to put in a tennis court. My question concerns any advice you can give me on what type court to put in.

That area seems to have hard court but also the synthetic grass covered courts. Hard courts are very hot down there. The synthetic grass court seemed to be much softer on your body. I hit some serves on it and seemed somewhat ok but years ago I played a tournament on this stuff that had too much sand and hated it.

The builder there is recommending the synthetic grass. But I like to play on Rubico/American clay. If red clay was standard there, I would get that. But he has advised me that during hurrican season the rains and wind will blow the clay away and if I ship in Rubico it will be exhorbitantly expensive. Since I will have someone down there to do groundswork, maintenance is not as much a problem but it really spooks me that the expert is saying that they are not common.

So here are my questions. Does anyone have experience with clay courts in Mexico or other similar climates? The climate is not that dissimilar than Miami.

Does anyone play on the Synthetic grass and do they like or dislike it?

In a perfect world, I would still put in clay but if it's a real mistake and you know it, please let me know. Any other recommendations or advise would be greatly appreciated.
I have investigated about putting a tennis court on my property. Here is my conclusion:

1. Don't put hardcourt. You can find hardcourt everywhere if you want to play on it.

2. Grass court is the best. It's soft, good for your body, look great. Yes, it costs a little bit more.

3. Sythetic grass is OK only if you can't put grass or clay.

4. Red clay is great. Both clay and grass need to be watered often to maintain the courts. If your location is very windy, don't put clay. Wind will blow it away. If it is windy only for a period of time, you can use turf to cover the court during the windy season.
 

baseliner

Professional
I would avoid the synthetic grass court. I have played on it and hated it. Some of the people that have it even use soccer shoes with rubber cleats to play on it! I don't understand why the builder recommends against the red clay. Unless it is because he can make more on th sythetic grass. If you have the mainainance covered, I would go with the clay (red not rubico).
 

Grinder

Semi-Pro
I live in Pennsylvania, but I have a huge backyard so my parents had two courts contructed with the house. They are indoor courts with a retractable roof and very spacious. The surfaces are red clay and rebound ace. I'd suggest going with Rebound Ace, just because of how well the ball travels through it. It is different from a typical hard court and is very comfortable to play on. Every spin and ball bounces as it should. Red clay is good, but it requires a lot of maintenance and be prepared to get dirty after playing a match on it. You will really enjoy your own courts, however. I'd suggest having a retractable roof put of them so that you won't have to worry to much about weather.
 

Perfect

Rookie
Red clay, if I was you. But I hear it does require more maintenance than the others, though I know I love playing on this surface above others. I dislike synthetic grass, for lack of a stronger word to use than dislike, can you believe I started tennis on this stuff? Most of the matches I have had on synthetic grass are long and disappointing. I sure hope grass is not like this stuff. I bet it's not because you can dominate with your serve on true grass, but not on this stuff. Here is the link to a thread I created back in February where people including me posted their favorite and least favorite surface with reasons, I don't know if it's much help since you are also considering other factors:http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=42799&highlight=favorite+surface
 

agjourdan

New User
Raspell,

I live in Central Mexico, and as well I would strongly recommend you red clay. Hard Courts are everywhere specifically in that area. I know some wealthy people down here that have built red clay courts and they are great!!! Although maintenance costs are high, you'll enjoy playing in red clay. Maybe I could get you more info about the red clay courts construction in Mexico. Just let me know.

Regards.
 

Fee

Legend
Wouldn't Har-Tru green clay work under these conditions? I thought that one of its benefits is that its low maintenance, as well as easy on the body?
 

Kaptain Karl

Hall Of Fame
Raspell!!!! Is it really YOU???

Thank God I've finally tracked you down. We're cousins! I've been trying to research the "empty" side of our family tree ... learned about you, but had NO IDEA how to find you. Oh, JOY!!!

We don't get to Mexico that often, but to finally meet you after all these months of searching ... we'll make a special trip. What's a good month for you?

Your loving cousin,

- KK
 

Kaptain Karl

Hall Of Fame
P.S. I vote for red clay, too. Rubico or HarTru might be pricey. And unless you DO cover the court, the heat in that area would make me recommend AGAINST Rebound Ace. Remember, it gets kinda *sticky* in the heat.

- KK
 

raspell38120

New User
Much Thanks

Some interesting comments that are helpful and some coments that are just fun. KK, it is good to discover my cousin. when construction is finished I'll let you know when the family reunion is.

agjourdan, since you are in the country I would like to talk to you more about this, please email me @ raspell@midsouth.rr.com with your address.

Perfect, your comments are the ones that concern me. I think I need to play some matches on the synthetic grass before I pick that surface. I'm old enough knees are now a factor so I still would prefer clay but given the developer is saying no to that I am real concerned. The developer is a real tennis enthusiast who years ago played the Easter Bowl and since he will also be a neighbor I don't think he is steering me wrong, but clay is so much more appealing.

Thanks again for great comments and if anyone wants to email please do. I won't make a final decision for 3 months and your comments are appreciated.
 

tguru

Rookie
Rasp, the most common name for sand filled synthetic is Omnicourt. It is very slippery and the ball bounce tends toward dead. For playability it is probably the least satisfying. My builder hated it and so did a friend whose parents put it in over their badly damaged hardcourt. I played on a brand new private one and almost fell flat on my face multiple times.
 
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