View Full Version : How many types of surfaces have you actually played on?

Aug 5th, 2010, 05:58 PM
One of those "Getting to Know the Tennis Forum Community" threads. ;)
Just curious to see how many types of tennis court surfaces you've played on and how much did each surface affect your game?
For me I've only played on hardcourt and green clay. For what I would call a "somewhat brainless pusher" :p style of play, I guess the green clay helped my game a bit. But, mind you, I'm mostly a recreational player.
Someday I would love to play on grass (the Gay/Lesbian Tennis Association has a grass tournament out in California that I hope to play someday) - but with no serve I'm sure I would get blown off the court. But it's all about having fun and the experience, right?
Anywho - please share your experiences.

Aug 5th, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Super Dave
Aug 5th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Hardcourt only...

Mina Vagante
Aug 5th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Hard Court , Indoor Carpet, Green Clay, Grass.

Aug 5th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Rebound Ace, Green Clay, Red Clay, Deco-turf, Plexicushion, asphalt, normal hard court (school)

My favorite is red clay.

Aug 5th, 2010, 07:31 PM
DecoTurf II, Plexipave (indoor and outdoor) and Plexicushion.

Aug 5th, 2010, 07:54 PM
I don't even know the different surfaces in the UK - no one seems to give a fuck about that:lol: I have played on Red Clay, Euro (synthetic) Clay, (indoor) Green Clay, Grass, Synthetic Grass, Astro Turf, Hard, Acrylic and Indoor Hard

Aug 5th, 2010, 08:07 PM
I've played on hard, indoor hard, and green clay (both outdoors and indoors). :)

In The Zone
Aug 5th, 2010, 08:29 PM
Everything but grass. :sobbing: It's a dream of mine!

Aug 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the responses everyone :)
Looks like some people on this forum get around ;)

Aug 5th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Indoor and outdoor hard, indoor "red" clay and indoor carpet.

I would LOVE to play on grass and outdoor red clay, but they're really hard to find in Canada...at least in my area.

Actually, indoor "red" clay is my favourite surface - so much slower than what I'm used to, and it makes up for my lack of speed. It also helps with all the spins I can put on the ball, with the backhand slice, dropshot and my heavy top spin forehand driving my opponents crazy.

Aug 5th, 2010, 09:37 PM
outdoor hard, indoor hard, red clay and green clay.
I hope to play on carpet and grass in the future :)

Aug 5th, 2010, 10:28 PM
My local club has grass and asphalt courts so them. My school had red clay which is what I learned to play tennis on. And they had the US Open style acryllic hard courts, which I think is DecoTurf. I've played on indoor carpet as well.

But never green clay, or rebound ace.

Aug 5th, 2010, 10:55 PM
Hardcourts and Green Clay. Here in the US it's really hot and all they have is outdoor hard or green clay :o

Aug 5th, 2010, 11:27 PM
It's crazy how many more different surfaces the UK has compared to the US. :tears:

I would really love to play on decoturf one day just because it is solid and flat. The indoor courts are nice, but most of the outdoor hardcourts I play on are this gravel-like shit or else 'all weather acrylic' which have a million holes in them to catch the rain. :tape:

Aug 5th, 2010, 11:30 PM
I don't even know the different surfaces in the UK - no one seems to give a fuck about that:lol: I have played on Red Clay, Euro (synthetic) Clay, (indoor) Green Clay, Grass, Synthetic Grass, Astro Turf, Hard, Acrylic and Indoor Hard

i've played on all of these to bar indoor 'american clay' i.e green clay, only play outdoors on it.

you are so right though, half the clubs i play matches at haven't even a clue what surface they have lol

The Dawntreader
Aug 5th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Indoor hard, Indoor carpet, Outdoor hard, European Red Clay (in Spain).

Has anyone else ever played on shale?:o:lol:

Aug 5th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Indoor hard, Indoor carpet, Outdoor hard, European Red Clay (in Spain).

Has anyone else ever played on shale?:o:lol:

sadly yes, theres a club called stanton tennis club near me that we have to play in the leagues and we have to draw straws to play there. you never wear nice trainers or clothes to play on shale as it will stain them forever lol.

Aug 5th, 2010, 11:42 PM
the glorious 'shale' courts at stanton lol


The Dawntreader
Aug 5th, 2010, 11:44 PM


We used to have similar looking courts, but in a much , much more deteriorated condition. I swear Cannabis leaves were protruding through :lol:

Aug 6th, 2010, 02:08 AM
Omg yes!

I guess I tried desperately to forget forgot about playing on the shale courts. I played on them while I was younger and they tried to tell me that it was clay. :hysteric: After watching RG and seeing that there were no trees growing out of the surface, I caught on.

Thinking about it, in addition to playing on clay at the national junior tennis centre in sutton, I have also played on the clay in the czech republic. Such a huge difference the 'real' clay in Czech Republic is so much better. It's slower, easier to slide and it just feels so much more real.

Aug 6th, 2010, 02:53 AM
Asphalt, painted concrete, Decoturf, indoor hard, green clay and red clay.

Aug 6th, 2010, 05:56 AM
Hardcourts and Green Clay. Here in the US it's really hot and all they have is outdoor hard or green clay :o

My only favorite green clay is in Florida, during the summer, because it's a surprisingly medium paced surface. The Florida Tennis Center's HarTru tennis courts are so easy to slide on that I've taken my fare share of falls. It's like ice sometimes. But it's beautiful surface when it's loosely packed and not like freaking sand dunes on a concrete surface.

Played on red clay in France, Italy, and the IMG Academy in Sarasota. The first two were so fun...felt like Roland Garros. The IMG Academy red clay court didn't behave right because it was in humid Florida, which answers the question as to why there's hardly red clay in the states.

Aug 6th, 2010, 06:53 AM
Red clay, indoor hard, outdoor hard, grass and carpet.

Aug 6th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Indoor/Outdoor hard and Green Clay.
I despise the Green Clay near me. It's a public park, so the courts are city operated, so the clay has pretty much been sitting there for a few decades.

Aug 7th, 2010, 05:18 AM
Clay(thought the clay ive played on have like seashells in them)

Aug 7th, 2010, 05:21 AM
Indoor hard, Indoor carpet, Outdoor hard, European Red Clay (in Spain).

Has anyone else ever played on shale?:o:lol:

qhat court is that?:confused::confused::confused:

Aug 7th, 2010, 12:03 PM
Lost of different types of Synthetic grass (varying degrees of crappiness)
Real grass only once it was amazing :inlove:

I wanna play on carpet and clay!

Break My Rapture
Aug 7th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Indoor hardcourt, asphalt, indoor carpet and red clay.

Aug 7th, 2010, 04:11 PM
Outdoor red (never green) clay
Indoor and outdoor hard (incl. hard) Decuturf, Plexipave etc
Carpet, also outdoor :o last week in Crete. Indoor home.
Grass, artificial outdoor (once in Iceland)
Indoor multisport something, what do you call it?
Outdoor asphalt

Aug 7th, 2010, 08:39 PM
I've played on red clay, normal hardcourts :shrug:, the rubber surface and synthetic grass or whatever. :tears: Low bouncing quick synthetic grass is like ideal for my game. My shots always land in.:sobbing:

Aug 8th, 2010, 07:22 AM
synthetic grass ( what a crappy surface :( the ball doesn't even bounce!! ), and the hard court similar to AO and one like in Miami both outdoor, and once I've played indoor when I was in USA I'm really looking forward to play on clay my game suits more in slower court in Thailand there are only two courts each for red clay and grass I've never been there and hopefully when i return to Us I could get to play some green clays :)

Aug 9th, 2010, 03:27 PM
just once in an outdoor carpet (which is shit, it was slower as clay:tape:), asphalt (that wasn´t even a court just a "place":spit:) and outdoor red clay which is my most hated surface ever

Aug 9th, 2010, 09:01 PM
Hard court, outdoor and indoor red clay and synthetic grass!
I think my game would be best on the (synthetic) grass :inlove: but I just have played few times on that surface! But almost every time I play tennis I'm playing it on red clay so it is my best surface! :yeah:

Aug 9th, 2010, 10:07 PM
Hard courts and red clay courts. The red clay courts are the best!

Aug 14th, 2010, 09:17 PM
Hard court, asphalt, red clay, and indoor carpet. I love hardcourts besides I'm Spansish :lol:

Aug 14th, 2010, 11:20 PM
Synthetic Grass which was my favourite! Also played on Red clay, and Hardcourt.

Aug 15th, 2010, 06:05 AM
Hard (Indoor and outdoor)
Green Clay
Red Clay
(and couldve been grass but it had rained :( )

Aug 15th, 2010, 08:34 AM
Synthetic grass is fast or slow surface?

We haven´t any synthetic grass courts here in my town:tears:

Aug 15th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Synthetic grass is fast or slow surface?

We haven´t any synthetic grass courts here in my town:tears:

Very fast! Acctually, the fastest surface I have ever played on! The bounce of the ball is very low and fast. Reactions really should be fast to play good tennis on that surface! It is great surface for agressive players!

Aug 15th, 2010, 04:58 PM
outdoor red clay (love it :hearts: even though I am a ballbasher :lol:), indoor carpet, indoor synthetic clay (don't know the exactly name)

Aug 31st, 2010, 08:01 PM
Back in the day with my inexperience self I use to play on Green Clay/Grass.

Sep 20th, 2010, 06:06 PM
Hard, Indoor, Clay, and something like rubber in the UK

indoor was my favorite :)

Sep 28th, 2010, 07:49 PM
I wanna play on red clay :sad: it cost around 38 bucks per hour :eek: to play on it and it's not many of them around in Thailand

Randy H
Sep 29th, 2010, 03:30 AM
Hard (indoor and outdoor), indoor carpet, outdoor synthetic grass, and green clay

Sep 29th, 2010, 11:37 AM
All around the world are syntetic grass or indoor carpet courts just here we must have sucky clay everywhere:tape:

Sep 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM
I have played on red clay (loved), green clay (disliked it!), carpet (loved), fast hardcourt (loved), slow hardcourt (loved).

I have always wanted to play on grass! :D

Sep 30th, 2010, 08:02 PM
I wanna play on red clay :sad: it cost around 38 bucks per hour :eek: to play on it and it's not many of them around in Thailand

WOW! I can't believe it's so much! In Germany to play outside is free for members of the club! :eek:

Sep 30th, 2010, 11:12 PM
entoutcas, hard, plexicusion, grass and i have a synthetic grass court at home

Oct 1st, 2010, 12:07 PM
Synthetic Grass & Hardcourt (not sure which types). Would love to play on clay :)

Oct 1st, 2010, 01:03 PM
grass (weirdest thing ever), clay, hard (rebound ace), synthetic grass and other random hard courts.

Oct 4th, 2010, 09:14 AM
Indoor hard, red clay and parquet. Indoor hard being the worst surface

Mateo Mathieu
Oct 13th, 2010, 07:48 AM
I've played on synthetic grass, red clay, synthetic clay and other random hardcourts but I did play on Rebound Ace once or twice.

I really want to play on real grass! :sobbing:

Oct 25th, 2010, 12:23 PM
Red Clay, Blue Hardcourt and Indoor parquet.
Will play on Carpet from this or next week for the whole winter :hearts:

Oct 25th, 2010, 04:21 PM
clay rules:rocker:
also played on hard court indoor carpet and synthetic grass!
red clay by far my favourite!

Oct 25th, 2010, 08:04 PM
In the US, the huge majority of hard courts are Deco-Turf, or a similar concrete-like surface, so I've played a lot on that in parks and against other schools.

I, however, have played most of my life on green clay, Har-Tru, courts, as that's what we had at my school, my club, and most places I went on vacation. Because of this, it is definitely my favorite surface and the one that I'm most comfortable on. It's worth noting that indoor and outdoor green clay actually play somewhat differently.

I have also had the opportunity to play on red clay, grass, indoor hard, Rebound Ace (just once), and that awful synthetic grass stuff that they like to play on in Japan. The one surface I really want to try is carpet, but hardly anywhere in the US has it.

Oh, and during the Sniper attacks in DC, our high school coach would set up a "tennis court" in our gym, which consisted of two trashcans with an extension cord in between them dividing a sleek hardwood floor...

Oct 25th, 2010, 10:02 PM
In Romania, it seems that there doesn't exist anything else than red clay :lol:

So, it's not surprising that most Romanian players were/are specialists on this surface.

I sometimes play on indoor hard courts, but I prefer slower surfaces (I'm not the best server ;))

Wish to have the chance for playing on grass sometime! :angel:

Oct 26th, 2010, 02:37 PM
Asphalt, Rebound Ace (actually I think it was Synpave), green clay, red clay, Taraflex indoors, fuzzy carpet indoors (don't really know what it was).

Best of these was green clay, it was just so easy for your feet, fun medium speed, good bounce. Red clay was similar but felt slippery (I guess our shoes weren't proper clay shoes). Synpave was also great. Taraflex was so fast we couldn't properly play on it, even weak serves seemed to whizz by. Asphalt is not great, but alas that's where we have to play 95% of our matches as they're only free courts...

Oct 26th, 2010, 05:07 PM
red clay,indoors too, and hard court
there isnt anything else is Serbia...

Oscar Tegni
Oct 31st, 2010, 10:14 AM
edit: never mind

Oct 31st, 2010, 09:36 PM
Hard Court
Red Clay
Synthetic Grass
& indoor court with granulate on it.

Nov 1st, 2010, 02:40 AM
Hardcourt (inc Rebound Ace, Plexipave, Asphalt, Concrete)
Red Clay (and 'Anr Bed')
Synthetic Grass
Indoor Carpet (and other indoor hard)

Grass is my fave

Nov 1st, 2010, 04:41 AM
Hard Court
Green Clay

The Witch-king
Feb 5th, 2011, 08:25 AM
different variations of hard courts - fast and slow
And clay.

I like the smooth fast hard courts where the ball stays low and I don't like slow hard courts.

Clay is interesting. Takes a while to get used to it being so slippery and the occasional bad bounces.
I find moving and sliding left and right quite fun & easy but moving forward to short balls requires a lot of concentration. I find I don't have the footing to steady myself.

Feb 5th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Ive played on

Rebound Ace
Synthetic Grass

Feb 10th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Synthetic Grass


Feb 12th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Red clay, rebound hard court, synthetic grass, grass and a clay court which was rocks :/.
In Australia I had a court in my back yard which was like cement with a certain paint which made it bounce, idk but it was good, nice and quick. i grew up playing on clay and I like it but lately I am more prone to hitting brainless because I haven't played in about 3 months so I don't have any idea what to do but when I was able to stratergise and construct points clay was my favourite surface...

Feb 13th, 2011, 07:44 AM
Synthetic Grass
Rebound Ace
Red Clay

Feb 13th, 2011, 09:13 AM
2 :p Clay & Synthetic Grass

Feb 14th, 2011, 02:53 AM
Outdoor Hard
Indoor Hard
Red Clay
Green Clay

was supposed to play on Grass at Bolliterri's in the Cayman Islands for a lesson but me and my brother (tennisbuddy12) played on Red Clay :lol:

Feb 14th, 2011, 03:08 AM
Outdoor Hard
Indoor Hard
Oudoor Green Clay
Indoor Green Clay

Feb 14th, 2011, 09:47 AM
I've played on a ton of indoors surfaces (all those carpet-y or hardcourts indoors), its actually what I learnt to play on. Hyper hyper fast, so now my game suits really well to fast hardcourts.

I play on outdoors hard all summer (Rogers Cup surface, actually Rogers Cup courts :p).

Play often on green-grey clay, as its the only one we have in Canada. Especially in the summer, a few very important provincial tournaments played on it. Not doing that great.

Played a Futures tournament on red clay in Italy, which was a mess as I had never played on it before. Very different from green clay and just so doesn't fit my very flat game.

Played on fake grass a few times, its kinda interesting. Never got the chance to play on real grass though :sad:

Apr 19th, 2011, 06:49 PM
grass, clay, hardcourt, indoor carpet. :)

Apr 28th, 2011, 01:29 AM
I've played on,

Red Clay and;
Synthetic grass.

My Favourite would have to be the plexiplave. I like quicker hard courts where the ball skids through, I don't particularly like how slow plexicushion is.

May 4th, 2011, 01:41 AM
Red clay, green clay, synthetic grass, various types of hardcourts, indoors.

I feel most confortable on clay, but if I adjust a bit and force myself to hit harder and flatter I can do ok on faster surfaces.

May 4th, 2011, 11:14 AM
2 types
Clay+Indoor Hardcourt

May 4th, 2011, 02:24 PM
I've played on clay and indoor hardcourt. I enjoy playing on both of them with a slight advatage of the clay surface :)

Dec 27th, 2011, 05:45 PM
My mom is the tennis expert in our family and when we were getting our tennis court for our home a couple years back the actual surface was a main concern. We wanted something that placed the least amount of stress on our bodies, enhanced our game and that did not crack. We went to the guys at Classic Turf (www.classicturf.org) and I have to say we couldn't be happier with our tennis court!!! Their post-tensioned concrete is the perfect sport surface; it's beautiful and really performs.

Dec 27th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Synthetic - Green
Classic Clay

Dec 27th, 2011, 09:06 PM
Hardcourt, Indoor Hardcourt, Indoor Carpet, and Clay.

Dec 27th, 2011, 10:07 PM
Rebound ace, synthetic grass, green clay, red clay, indoor hard and regular outdoor hard.

Indoor hard is my favourite. Clay is just awful :facepalm:
Synthetic grass :help:

Dec 28th, 2011, 12:08 AM
indoor hard, outdoor hard, red clay, green clay.

Dec 28th, 2011, 07:20 AM
Clay Clay and Clay
Outdoor Hard


But probably I'll play on Indoor Hard soon.

Dec 28th, 2011, 08:29 AM
There is no other courts except Outdoor Hard in Hong Kong, I think there is no indoor hard also...(Maybe yes, but probably not fast)

I don;t play tennis :oh:

the jamierbelyea
Dec 28th, 2011, 08:51 AM
Indoor/Outdoor Hard
Rebound Ace
Red & Green Clay
finally got to play Grass this past summer :)

Feb 4th, 2012, 05:13 AM
Hard court (basically all types, Plexicush, Plxipave Rebound ace etc.), Grass, Carpet (outdoor), red Clay.

I really want to play indoors sometime, I'd go all GOATra on everyone :lol:

Feb 4th, 2012, 06:39 AM
red clay, indoor carpet, grass, hardcourt
though red clay suits my game the most:cool:

Feb 4th, 2012, 10:00 AM
En-tout-cas (red clay), synthetic grass (carpet), plexipave (hardcourt), grass and... asphalt. :sobbing:

Never played indoors, unforch.

Feb 4th, 2012, 09:26 PM
I'm pretty sure I've played on everything but grass.

Feb 5th, 2012, 08:49 AM
I only played on outdoor-clay and indoor-carpet. :lol:

Feb 8th, 2012, 03:54 PM
indoor clay, outdoor clay, indoor carpet, outdoor hard (cement), outdoor synthetic grass.

Apr 4th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Indoor Hard, Hard, Clay

Apr 26th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Well, everyday 6 months a year on semi-clay, semi-grass at home (yeah it's lawn that became clay).
Red DecoTurf and gray clay also.

Apr 27th, 2012, 09:20 AM
Clay outdoors and indoors, hard outdoors

Apr 27th, 2012, 10:02 AM
I've never played indoors or green clay :p

Apr 27th, 2012, 10:59 AM
I've played.

Red clay en-tout-cas
Grass (We sneaked on, played like 5 points until we lost the ball :rolleys:)
Synthetic - RED
Synthetic - GREEN
AUS OPEN COURT 21 :banana:

Apr 27th, 2012, 11:28 AM
^If only there were official tournaments courts near my hometown. Well, we got a Futures, indoor, and I'm like 150 km away from the Rogers Cup when it's at Montreal.

Apr 27th, 2012, 03:04 PM
Red Clay, Green Clay (Indoors and Outdoors), Indoor Hardcourts, Outdoor Hardcourts. Looking to add grass this summer.

Apr 28th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Red Clay or that stuff at Kooyong, indoor hardcourts, indoor hardcourts, grass, synthetic blue, synthetic green, synthetic red.

Never seen green clay before.

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May 6th, 2012, 05:21 PM
Indoor Wood Floor (gymnasium lol),
Indoor Carpet,
Synthetic Grass,

May 7th, 2012, 05:58 AM
I have also played tennis on basketball courts..

Jul 14th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Red Clay, Grass, Asphalt, Hard Court.

HC was my favourite, but I played a tournament where they had grass, clay and HC all being used. :help:

The Grass was horrible, my opponent had a really good slice serve out wide and I swear I got aced 10 times.

Clay was fun because I love sliding, and defence is also a plus, but i couldn't really see the mark left by the ball, so I was a little disappointed.

Jul 14th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Indoor HC, Outdoor HC, grass, synthetic grass and carpet.

I REALLY want to play on Clay :sobbing:

Jul 14th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Just two, outdoor hard and indoor hard. There are some clay courts (green) nearby but I would have to join the club to play on them.

Jul 14th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Hardcourt, Har-tru, Red Clay, and a simulated grass court - it was Hardcourt with a green mat with holes that was supposed to give a similar grass experience.

I enjoyed clay the most.

Jul 14th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Low-grip hard courts (Indoor and Outdoor)
High-grip hard courts (Indoor and Outdoor)
Green Clay Har-Tru courts (Indoor and Outdoor)
Synthetic Grass (Outdoor)

I will be playing outdoor Red Clay in August, and I have no idea where the nearest carpet venue would be.

Jul 15th, 2012, 07:49 AM
Indoor and Outdoor Hard
Indoor and Outdoor Plexicushion and Rebound Ace
Indoor Wood
Indoor and Outdoor Carpet
Outdoor and Indoor Red Clay
Outdoor Green Clay
Outdoor Artificial Grass
Natural Grass

I think the only combination I haven't played on is Indoor Green Clay. Of these the craziest is indoor wood, its ridiculously fast. Indoor carpet is quite common when playing in the UK too at a big brand of health clubs. Good old red-clay is still my favourite.


Jul 15th, 2012, 03:03 PM
Indoor hard
Indoor carpet
Outdoor hard
Outdoor asphalt (different surface...plays like a hard clay)
Outdoor green clay
Outdoor red clay
Rebound Ace

Jul 20th, 2012, 08:39 PM
Indoor and Outdoor hard.

Never played on clay.