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Importance and Different Kinds of Court Surfaces Found in Tennis

By Stuart Owens Subscribe to RSS | March 13th 2012 | Views:
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Tennis is one of the most well known games in the world. If we look into the history of tennis, the modern game started somewhere in the nineteenth century. However, the game was found way back in the twelfth century and the rackets came into existence only in the sixteenth century. The game looks quite simple to understand, however, while playing becomes one of the most difficult games to be played. For a first timer, even a serves become very difficult. If we look at the modern rules, it is said that even the racquet must adhere to the rules of tennis. The hitting area is composed of strings that are flat a uniform. Even the size of the frame is described and it is said that it should not be more than twenty nine inches in length and twelve inches in width. The shape of the racquet is also fixed along with the size, weight and weight distribution. Importantly the racquet should not contain any energy source built in. Also the racquet should not contain any kind of communication, instruction or advice to the player. All these kinds of rules are being changed overtime.

There are different types of court surfaces based on which the game is played. The feel of the game and techniques used are also varied depending on the surface that the game is played in. There are mainly three kinds of court surfaces, The Hard court, grass court and clay court. All these courts have its own advantages and disadvantages while playing and the pitch of the ball differs from each court. Tennis is played primarily in The United States. These courts are made of asphalts and concrete and include different coatings as well. Hard courts are considered very professional and these are relatively fast courts compared to the others. Players who have big serves and forehands have an advantage while playing in these courts. The bounce of the ball varies on hard courts. Some of the courts have high bounce and players who top-spin are quite successful on these courts, however, there are courts which spin low and the ball can skid variedly.

Tennis was played on grass courts originally. These courts are quite expensive to build and hence there are very few grass courts that are found in the world today. Due to this fact, not all the tennis players get to play on grass courts and out of many only a few get the chance to play on these courts. One of the prestigious games that are played on grass courts is the Wimbledon tournament. Initially grass courts proved good for offensive and volley players. However, over a period of time, grass courts required the balls and racquet to be changed frequently during the game. Grass courts require the player to stay low all the time with knees bent. This is caused mainly due to the low bounce.

On the other hand red clay courts are very popular in Europe and South America. Clay court is considered the softest surfaces that tennis is played. It is very forgiving and is the easiest surface on the body. It is said that when we play on clay courts, we can learn well to play on clay courts. However, clay courts are considered very tough for maintenance. Say for example the red courts in Europe are considered very tough for maintenance, due to the bad weather conditions especially during its season. Clay is certainly the tennis court surface that is easiest on the body. That is probably why it is so popular among senior tennis players. Hard-courts have the best bounce, are easy to maintain, and allow offensive as well as defensive players to be successful. Grass-courts are expensive, rare to find, and best suited for serve-and-volley players and net rushers in general. However, Tennis is an interesting game and I don’t like to miss watching a world cup or a tournament on my television powered by Cox Deals.

Stuart Owens - About Author:
Stuart is a freelance writer who has written many articles relating to sports. He loves watching Wimbledon during his free time featuring on his television powered by Cox Deals. He likes to share some of his views with regard to the surfaces in Tennis.

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