“What Condition Is Your Court In?”
The modern game of tennis is played on a wide variety of surface types that produce significant differences in performance and playability. Slow playing, high bouncing clay and lighting fast, low bouncing grass produce obvious differences. However, the vast majority of tennis court surfaces are acrylic systems thought to play consistently some where between the two extremes. Quite frankly, while acrylic playing surfaces are most often selected for their consistency, ease of maintenance and durability and the wide range of performance and playability that can be achieved with them is often overlooked.
When considering an acrylic tennis court surface: the ball bounce, speed of play, footing, traction and resiliency can all be controlled through product selection and application techniques with the primary influences being surface texture and cushioning system. Surface texture directly affects ball bounce and speed of play and the cushioning system provides resiliency, which provides footing, traction and playability while reducing the impact and body stress associated with conventional hard courts. The appropriate amount of cushioning will not only provides a more comfortable surface to play on, and has also shown to reduce injuries.
When it comes to acrylic tennis court surfaces, the tennis industry and players at all levels should listen closely to the comments and preferences of the professional players. After all, we all want the same thing: a comfortable court that produces a consistent and desired speed of play while reducing body impact, stress and injuries. If you ask more questions about the wide variety of acrylic tennis court surfaces available, you will quickly realize that they are the most versatile playing surfaces in the country.
So, what condition is your tennis court surface in?