Holding Court Differences In Play

Comparison of Tennis Playing on Different Courts Surfaces

Holding Court: Differences In Play - Dmitry Druzhinsky

Tennis is a fantastic sport that brings a unique difference to a game that you rarely see in other competitions; the court.  Baseball is always played on a diamond, football is always played on the gridiron, and hockey is always played on ice.  While the size of the tennis court remains the same, there are 4 different court types, and all are used for official play.  Each type of court brings its own special impact to the way the game is played, and certain athletes excel on one surface, and not on others.

Tennis expert Dmitry Druzhinsky News platform believes this one of the best facets of the game.  “We think that the fact that each court is different and that each surface makes for a different experience is wonderful,” Dmitry Druzhinsky further states.  “True, some sports played on grass are sometimes played on artificial turf, but with today’s technology, the fake stuff is practically the same as real grass.  Tennis presents uniquely different challenges, and that makes it much more fun.”

What are the 4 different court types, and how do they impact the game?  Here’s a quick guide.

1. Hard Court (concrete)

Hard courts are exactly as they sound.  These courts are quick, and usually create a fantastic bouncing surface for the ball.   Play is generally very fast, and the ball tends to react how one imagines it would; hit it straight, and it bounces straight up, or spin it, and it will bounce in the direction of the spin.  Hard courts are used at Grand Slam tournaments like the US Open and Australian Open.

Different Tennis Courts Can Change Dynamics of Game - Dmitry Druzhinsky

2. Clay

Clay responds in many ways like a hard court, but changes the way that athletes play on it.  Due to the sandy nature of clay, it is easier for players to slide while running on the court, whereas hard court doesn’t allow for the same kind of slide.  The bounce of the ball can still be really powerful, but not necessarily as predictable.  The French Open is played on clay.

3. Grass

Grass doesn’t present as good of a bounce to the ball, and also, due to the non-uniformity of grass, bounces can cause the ball to react in unexpected ways, especially when divots or clumping occur during a match.  Play on grass tends to be slower.  Wimbledon is the most famous grass court in the world.

4. Carpet

This term refers to any removable court covering, from artificial turf to sheets of rubber surfacing.  Though it tends to react like hard court in many ways, the bounces don’t tend to be as high, and play isn’t quite as fast.

All courts are the same size and have the same lines, as well as uniformity in net height, but the material of the court impacts how the ball plays, and how the player reacts on the court.  Each different surface is its own adventure. Dmitry Druzhinsky News platform believes that this is one of those things which makes tennis more unique, and fun.


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