The Pros and Cons of The Different Types of Tennis Court Surfaces

Tennis players in the US are often surprised to learn that players in other lands often play on surfaces other than concrete or something nearly just like it. However, no matter what tennis court surface one plays on, there are pros and cons to each.

Cement Tennis Courts

The vast majority of tennis courts in America are cement or something very similar. In fact, a good number of tennis courts in South America, Asia, and Europe are made of cement too. This makes sense since cement and similar compounds are relatively inexpensive and ultra durable.

But, cement tennis courts are not all smiles and happiness. These very hard surfaces are tough on the joints and less forgiving to older players and those who are injured. Of course, the flip side to these tennis courts is that they last and last with very little upkeep needed.  

Clay Tennis Courts

Clay is a wonderful tennis court surface material. It is actually so nice that many of the major tennis tournaments are played on the material. People like to play on clay tennis courts because it is soft and very forgiving to the stops and starts that tennis players force their bodies to make again and again. Also, clay courts are the best choice for serious tennis players since it is such a common court of the professional circuit.  

That said, there are some downsides to owning and playing on clay tennis courts. They are hard to maintain and if poorly maintained the ball will not bounce properly upon them. In addition to needing constant care, clay tennis courts are expensive to lay and expensive to keep in working order.  

Grass Tennis Courts

Grass tennis courts are very hard to come by in America. If you get the chance, please take it and play on grass. You will find that the balls bounce lower and somewhat slower than what you are used to, which will force you to change your game. Another neat thing about playing on grass is that the ball’s bounce is not always a certainty.