There are five main types of tennis courts: hard courts, clay courts, real grass courts, artificial grass or turf courts, and indoor courts. Each of these types of tennis courts has its own effect on speed and ball bounce as well as its own maintenance requirements. Keeping a tennis court clean and in good repair is extremely important in order to increase the longevity of your court and prevent damage that could cause injuries to players, coaches, or spectators. Depending on your location, facility, or type of play, there may be a certain type of court best suited for you or your business. Read more below about these types of courts and what kind of maintenance they require.

Types Of Tennis Court Surfaces

Choosing a type of tennis court for your facility will impact the amount of maintenance required. Each of the below types of tennis courts has its own distinct play attributes, maintenance requirements, and other factors. No matter what kind of tennis court you ultimately choose, Tennis Court Supply has many of the maintenance products and machines that you will need to keep your courts in play for years to come.

  • Hard Tennis Courts - Hard tennis courts are the most popular tennis courts around the globe because of their low maintenance requirements. They are good for both indoor and outdoor use and also are easy to play on. Ball bounce is both fast and high, but is relatively predictable, making it good for players of all experience levels. Although the exact kind of hard material can differ between courts, most are finished with an acrylic surface. Both the Australian Open and the US Open are played on hard courts. Hard courts rarely need daily maintenance other than removing debris such as leaves and dirt. As needed court maintenance includes water removal to prevent slipping and deep cleaning to remove built-up dirt if necessary. Long-term maintenance includes resurfacing your courts approximately every five years and fixing any damage that may occur. Tennis Court Supply carries all of the products you need to fill cracks and resurface your hard court.

  • Clay Tennis Courts - Used in the French Open, clay courts are another popular choice around the globe. They are known for a relatively slow but higher bounce than other courts. However, these courts do require a bit more upkeep such as daily brushing to redistribute the clay and rolling to keep the court firm. The "clay" used on these courts is typically crushed shale, stone, or brick. The most common colors of tennis court clay are red clay and green clay. Clay courts also require watering through some type of irrigation system or manual watering. Although clay courts do require an extensive amount of upkeep, they are still an extremely popular choice for players and facilities.

  • Grass Tennis Courts - Grass courts used to be popular, but due to the amount of consistent upkeep, they are becoming rarer and rarer. Perhaps the most common grass courts that you will see today are the pristine Wimbledon courts. Grass tennis courts require almost daily upkeep in order to keep them in top condition. They need to be located in an ideal area for grass growing conditions as well as be watered frequently. In addition, they also need to be mowed, fertilized, and repainted regularly. 

  • Artificial Grass/Turf Tennis Courts - Artificial grass courts look and feel similar to real grass courts, but require significantly less maintenance. Artificial turf tennis courts are also sometimes referred to as carpet courts. These are not as popular as other kinds of courts for various reasons.

  • Indoor Tennis Courts - Indoor tennis courts are typically made of the same materials as hard tennis courts that are found outdoors.  Again, these courts require the least amount of maintenance and are great for a variety of play types and facilities. The most common types of maintenance needed for indoor courts are damage repair and resurfacing, just like hard courts.

When it comes to needing maintenance supplies for your tennis courts, Tennis Court Supply is a leading source for these products and machines. Our knowledgeable staff can help determine what kind of products you need to keep your court in the best shape possible.

Why Is Tennis Court Maintenance Important?

Your courts need continual maintenance in order to stay in good shape and be able to be played on. As noted above, the type of court surface determines what kind of maintenance products and services the court will need and how often it will need those services.

Player safety is one of the main reasons that tennis court maintenance is important. If your courts are not maintained properly, they may become damaged which can lead to injury of players, coaches, and staff.

Another reason that the maintenance of your courts is important is to increase their longevity. These courts can be a pricey investment, and we want to help make sure that you get as much time from your investment as possible. By spending smaller amounts of money to maintain your court regularly, you can save big-time when it comes to extending the life of your court. Tennis Court Supply stocks the best court maintenance products including water removers, brooms, Har-Tru clay, and more. 


Tennis Court Supply is the leading company for all kinds of tennis court maintenance, surfacing, and repair materials. We have the tools you need for every kind of court. From prep products to surfacing tools to line tape and more, Tennis Court Supply has it all. We would love to help your facility get the products you need to surface or resurface all your tennis courts no matter the surface type. 

We have been providing excellent customer experiences for over 30 years. If you need products for your hard court, clay court, or any other kind of tennis court, reach out to one of our friendly staff members to find out which products are best for you.