Which Tennis Court Surface Should You Choose? The Pros and Cons of 3 Professional Quality Courts

So you want to have a tennis court installed? Which surface material is best for you? If you're undecided, here are the pros and cons of 3 professional quality tennis court surfaces. These tips will help you come to a decision before contacting a tennis court construction company for a quote.

Grass Courts

Pros: Grass is the cheapest option, and the soft surface is easier on the knee joints, making grass more suitable for older players. Also, if you're a stronger server than your opponent, grass will give you the advantage. The soft and slippery surface creates skidding and a weak bounce, making it difficult for your opponent to return the ball. It's advantageous for those with a powerful arm who hit the ball with speed.

Cons: Grass is not ideal for wet areas, as a waterlogged court makes for a slippery game where balls bounce poorly. It's an inferior court for defensive players, as the court surface makes shots more difficult to return. Grass also requires more work to maintain. You'll need to mow the court regularly and use grass fertiliser regularly to keep it green and healthy.  

Clay Courts

Pros: A natural clay court is the longest lasting tennis court surface, offering around 25 years of play. Clay is favourable to defensive players as the balls bounce higher and slower. The court is also good if you're planning on hosting tournaments with a judge, as the ball leaves a visible impression in the clay. Also, the soft surface reduces impact on joints. The lowered risk of injury makes it an ideal choice for players over 50.

Cons: Games on clay courts last longer as balls bounce slower and higher. This surface is not ideal for offensive players, as shots can harder to return. The court also requires a lot of maintenance: daily brushing, watering, rolling, and monthly patching. Clay is not suited to wet conditions as it retains water.

Hard Courts

Pros: Usually made of asphalt or concrete, hard courts can last up to 20 years and are the easiest of the three to maintain. On hard courts, the ball moves faster than it would on clay, but slower than it does on grass. Hard courts are considered neutral, working well for all players. However, they may still favour players with a good serve due to the predictable, high bounce pattern.

Cons: Hard courts have very few negative points. As the name suggests, a hard court is harder on the joints, so this surface is poorly suited to the older player. Players will need to warm up before use and take extra care to avoid injury.

For more information and options for building your tennis court, contact a tennis court construction company, such as Recreational Surfacing Pty Ltd.