Whether you have a simple, no-frills tennis court out in your backyard or maintain a number of courts at a leisure centre, keeping your tennis court(s) in tip-top surface condition is vital, both for the enjoyment of the game and the safety of those playing it. However, there are ways to increase safety levels beyond those provided by traditional grass or clay tennis courts. Cushioned tennis courts can be a tremendous boon for many players and offer a number of advantages when it comes to safety and player enjoyment. However, these cushioned surfaces also come with a few inherent disadvantages, so make sure this court type is right for you before you invest in a resurfacing.
What are the advantages of choosing a cushioned tennis court?
Player safety: Cushioned tennis surfaces are granted their soft, forgiving surface by one or more layers of acrylic cushioning foam, placed between the surface of the court and the substrate beneath. As such, anybody taking a tumble on a cushioned court is far less likely to suffer grazes or injuries than a player who falls on a regular court surface. This is particularly handy if your court if often used by young players.
Player health: This cushioning also protects your players from the bodily stresses and strains that can plague experienced tennis players — by lessening the hard impact of feet on the court surface, a cushioned surface places the joints of the knees, ankles and hips under much less high-impact strain. This is an excellent way to avoid long-term tennis injuries and is also very useful for older players who may find playing the game they love on a traditionally hard surface too painful.
Low maintenance: Cushioned tennis courts are made of tough, weather-resistant acrylics and as such require much less maintenance than a grass or clay court. Keeping your court free of debris, standing water and the occasional outbreak of mould is the most maintenance you will have to undertake.
What about the disadvantages of cushioned tennis courts?
Altered ball movement: Playing tennis on a cushioned surface makes for a much slower game, which may throw off players experienced in playing on traditional surfaces. The unfamiliar give in the playing surface can also alter the way the ball reacts to curving shots, topspin and other advanced return techniques. Experienced players may also find themselves temporarily unsteady on their feet until they get used to playing on the softer surface.
Weight vulnerability: The acrylic foam layers that soften a cushioned tennis court are tough, but not invulnerable, and playing particularly heavy weights on them can cause them to become permanently crushed and flattened. As such, you should avoid driving any groundskeeping equipment over a cushioned court, and should not store any heavy equipment (such as umpire's chairs) on it when not in use.
For more information, contact local professionals like Premier Sports & Leisure.