Tennis for Beginners: What Are the Different Types of Tennis Courts?

tennis courts typesFor those unfamiliar with the basics of tennis, courts are often assumed to be the same. On the contrary, there are different types of tennis courts and each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. The dimensions of a tennis court are typically 78 x 27 ft. for singles matches and 78 x 36 ft. for doubles matches, and if you’ve ever wondered what tennis courts are made of, here are the types.

What Are Tennis Courts Made Of?

The following types of tennis courts are all great, but they appeal to different types of players. Whether you prefer soft, cushioned surfaces, or hard, bouncy ones, here’s what you need to know about clay, hard, grass, and indoor courts.

Clay Courts

Clay courts reduce the speed of the ball, making it ideal for hard hitters. These surfaces are great for inexperienced players as the slower bounce makes it easier for an opponent to return the shot.

Grass Courts

Normally associated with prestigious Wimbledon Championships, grass courts are the fastest of all outdoor tennis surfaces due to its slippery surface. The ball moves faster with a lower bounce, making it a favourable option for players with a good serve and net players. These courts are the most expensive to maintain and are not used as often as years ago. However, the value is in the softness of the surface, which makes it the most comfortable to play on.

Hard Courts

Hard courts are typically made from concrete, acrylic, or asphalt, making them more popular as they are easier to maintain. These surfaces allow the ball to travel slower than grass courts but faster than clay ones, and provides a high bounce for the ball. It is also considered the most versatile surface or all players because it is a good compromise between the qualities of a grass court and the control of a clay court. On the down side, they are rougher on the body due to their firmness.

Carpet or Indoor Tennis Courts

Indoor tennis court surfaces come in a variety of materials, textures, and thicknesses. The ball tends to bounce slightly slower, but with a more predictable pattern when compared to hard courts. Although it’s convenient for indoor locations, it requires regular vacuuming to prevent the buildup of dirt and dust.

Consider Tennis Camp or Lessons for Your Kids

Tennis camps for kids are a great way for them to learn from experienced instructors and make friends in their community as they develop social skills. Tennis coaches are not only experienced with the game but also know the best ways to encourage children, help them have fun, and develop their skills in a non-intimidating environment. With a tennis camp in North York or Toronto, your child can also meet with other local children in their age group, making the experience all the more fun.

Bayview Village Tennis Camp is the top tennis camp in the GTA. Its Tennis Canada-certified instructors work to teach kids not only how to have fun with tennis but also how to play smart and safe. More information about the junior and advanced summer tennis programs can be found by calling us at (905) 889-7293 or e-mailing

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Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen, a certified O.T.A Level III coach, has successfully worked with juniors at all levels of the game, from grass roots to the international level. A National Senior Champion himself, Peter was employed as a National Coach by Tennis Canada, as the Head Coach of the Central Region High Performance Program. Peter currently ranks 321st in the world for Men 50 and over.


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