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The Different Types of Tennis Courts

It’s fairly easy to assume that all tennis courts are the same. However, whether it’s a matter of building your own court or conducting proper tennis court maintenance, you should first determine the type of tennis court you have to employ the best method of cleaning and maintenance.

The four types of tennis courts

1. Hard Court – this is perhaps the most common among tennis courts. Hard courts are usually surfaces made up of concrete or rubber-based asphalt, coated in acrylic, giving the court its colour. Hard courts are much cheaper to build than other kinds of tennis courts and tennis balls will bounce well on these surfaces. Maintaining this kind of court entails simple sweeping and the removal of debris to avoid slipping, as well as removing stains from the painted surfaces

2. Clay Court – this type of court is a “soft” court simply because the surface is either layered with sand or loose clay. Synthetic clay substitutes are sometimes used as well. Since soft courts have softer surfaces, the ball bounce is often slower compared to hard courts… Perfect for a slower game. Clay courts also need to be maintained more than hard courts as the clay frequently needs replacing They should also be watered regularly.

3. Grass Court – this type of tennis court happens to require the most maintenance, making it the rarest type of tennis court used today. The grass needs to be maintained to the same length and texture and ball bounce depends on how tightly the soil is packed. Skids and unpredictable bounce are often experienced but on the plus side, it is a softer landing when you fall.

4. Carpet Court – this type of tennis court is only used indoors, where a thin carpet is installed over another surface. The ball bounces slightly slower, with a fairly predictable pattern compared to hard courts. Since this type of court is carpeted, thorough vacuuming should be regularly performed to keep it clean.

To ensure your safety it would be wise to ensure that you keep your tennis court clean and properly maintained. Depending on the kind of court you have, a DIY daily cleaning routine, involving sweeping and the removal of debris, is thoroughly recommended. However, it is advisable for you to hire a professional tennis court maintenance team for a thorough clean and a complete service.

If you wish to improve your tennis experience and take advantage of advice from the professionals, give us a call or contact us and our team of experts will be glad to help.

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