Choosing a Court Surface

As a prospective court owner you have a variety of choices when it comes to tennis court surfaces. We have put together a brief chart that summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of each court surface type. You can also click on each court type to drill down to a more detailed description of that court surface.

 

Positives

Negatives

Har-Tru

Sliding surface prevents injuries - 85% less than hard surfaces

Requires daily maintenance

Slower ball bounce - promotes longer rallies and more well rounded game

Requires watering/water usage

Cool, non-glare surface - 20% cooler than hard courts

Not playable in the winter months if above the freeze/thaw line

Surface dries quickly - allows play shortly after heavy rains

Will last a lifetime with proper maintenance

HydroCourt

Sliding surface prevents injuries - 85% less than hard surfaces

Requires daily maintenance

Slower ball bounce - promotes longer rallies and more well rounded game

Requires watering/water usage

Cool, non-glare surface - 20% cooler than hard courts

Not playable in the winter months if above the freeze/thaw line

Surface dries quickly - allows play shortly after heavy rains

More expensive to build than a standard Har-Tru court

Will last a lifetime with proper maintenance

Requires less maintenance and water than a standard Har-Tru court

ClayTech

Sliding surface prevents injuries - 85% less than hard surfaces

Plays slightly faster than a Har-Tru court

Slower ball bounce - promotes longer rallies and more well rounded game

Expensive

Cool, non-glare surface - 20% cooler than hard courts

Surface dries quickly - allows play shortly after heavy rains

Hard (Asphalt)

Low maintenance

Hard on the body

Medium to fast ball bounce appeals to power players

Longer drying time after a rain than Har-Tru or ClayTech

Speed of court can be tailored

Expensive to build

Court can be used for other activities (basketball)

May require major renovation after 10-15 years

Available for play year-round, even in cold climates

Hard (Concrete)

Low maintenance

Hard on the body

Speed of court can be tailored

Longer drying time after a rain than Har-Tru or ClayTech

Court can be used for other activities (basketball)

Expensive to build

Great for low-access sites

May require major renovation after 10-15 years

Hard (Cushioned)

Low maintenance

Hard on the body

Medium to fast ball bounce appeals to power players

Longer drying time after a rain than Har-Tru or ClayTech

Speed of court can be tailored

Expensive to build

Court can be used for other activities (basketball)

May require major renovation after 10-15 years

Available for play year-round, even in cold climates

Cushioning releaves some of the physical stress of playing on hard surface

 

 

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