Which tennis court surface is right for you?


Welcome to part one of a two-blog part blog on home tennis court surfaces. In these blogs we will look at the range of tennis court surfaces which are available and help you decide which one could be right for you. In part one we will look at the most common home tennis court surface as well as one that is gaining significant popularity in the UK.

Hard court

The vast majority of tennis courts – both at clubs and in private homes – are hard courts. This is because this is both the cheapest and most durable court surface available, as well as being easy to install and maintain. The advantages of hard courts are clear; they are fun and easy to play on, and with the right maintenance they can last for many years. The majority of courts are built using porous macadam, which is hard wearing and suitable for play in all weather.

If there is a disadvantage to hard courts it could be that they are the most common type of court in the UK, so it’s probably easy to find a hard court local to you. Choosing a different surface can provide you with a unique option for your home. However, a hard court is good option for anyone looking for their own tennis court.

Artificial Clay

A ‘real’ clay court is something that is very rarely seen in the UK. This is because real clay does not deal with well with damp British weather. But if you are interested in having a clay court, you could consider the option of artificial clay. This special surface is effectively made using carpet that mimics the appearance and feel of playing on clay. This is a low maintenance surface that drains water quickly and withstands bad weather easily.

Please return to the Sovereign Sports blog for part two of the series, in which we will look at options including grass and artificial grass, comparing them both to each other and the surfaces above.