The Different Types Of Tennis Court Surfaces

The Barclay’s ATP World Tour in London is played on a hardcourt surface, which is only one type of tennis court surfaces commonly played on.

All Grand Slam tournaments are played outside, mixing between hardcourt, grass and clay surfaces. Each surface type favours different playing styles and can give the edge to some players over others.


The US and Australian Grand Slam tournaments are played on hard court, as is the up coming ATP World Tour. Hardcourt surfaces feature a hard surface, such as cement, covered with an acrylic material.

Hardcourts produce shorter rallies and favour players with hard serves, often being described as a ‘fast’ surface.


Clay surfaces are the slowest speed of tennis pitches, producing high bounces, often good for beginners and novice tennis players. Clay courts are also the choice of surface for the French Open.


Arguably the most famous courts in the world, those of at the All England Tennis Club and host of Wimbledon, feature real grass. Grass surfaces are the fastest of all Grand Slam surfaces because the ball slides easily, and favour serve and colley players who can rush to the net.

Grass courts are also the most expensive to maintain due to the constant maintenance required.


Indoor surfaces come in a variety of different surface types, ranging from rubber to carpet, and whilst no Grand Slams are played indoors, many players practice on indoor tennis courts as they can reduce the chance of injury whilst escaping the throng of winter.

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