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My first matches on hardcourt - anything I have to know?

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I will visit the USA tomorrow for three weeks and I never played tennis on hardcourts before. Are there any special things I have to care about?

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Also, what is typical for hardcourt?
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Be careful about the heat. When it's hot and the sun is shining strong, the court surface heats up and you can get burnt just touching it.
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Wear comfortable shoes and be sure not to overplay. I developed a chronic knee injury from playing too much and too often on hard courts. Oh, and whatever you do, don't try to slide on cement. I assume that you've mostly played on clay (since you seem to be from Germany), so I have to warn you that though sliding may seem natural, you wouldn't want to try it on asphalt.

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Yes, I play normally on clay...but as I play fast and powerfull tennis, very flat also, I think my game is perfect for hardcourt...do you think it's possible to play with normal claycourt shoes on hardcourt?

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Yes, I play normally on clay...but as I play fast and powerfull tennis, very flat also, I think my game is perfect for hardcourt...do you think it's possible to play with normal claycourt shoes on hardcourt?

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Any pair of good tennis shoes with lots of support for your ankles will do. Be sure to stretch properly before you play, otherwise you risk injuring something especially when on a hard surface.

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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The bounce is high than usually you play on clay as well as faster surface


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Hey Steve.
I have played on it several times and its nice.
I dont slide on clay so this is not a problem for me.
I like the ball bounce although I have to get used to it every time I play.

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if you want to wear clay court shoe make sure you wear ankle braces for mroe support and you know maybe wrap any twinge or pull bc the surface is rough on the joints and muscles. dont try sliding bc your ankles will die and be ready for high bounces and depending on the type of hardcourt it could be quite fast or quite slow. just be careful of the movement basically and have fun theyre cool to play on

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Be wary of using the drop shot! You say you're a power player, but everyone uses a drop shot occasionally. If you don't execute properly, it will merely sit up for your opponent to attack. The hardcourts don't absorb drop shots as well as clay.

Also, if you stand out wide on your serve, make sure you move back to the T rather quickly. I've been burned many a time by a blistering return down the line that I couldn't get to because the courts were so fast.

Make sure you stay properly hydrated on the court. You didn't say which part of the US you were coming to, but where I'm at (Georgia), the heat index was 100F at 6 PM yesterday. There's no "cool" time to play. Liquids are a definite must.

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