Category Archives: Information and Advice

Tennis surfaces: what’s the best playing style?

Sometimes improving at tennis is about more than just practice. It could be the case that the way that you play is right for one type of surface but is not well suited to another. Here we take a look at the different tennis court surface and the styles of play that suited them best.

Grass

Traditionally the most popular and theoretically most effective playing style on a grass court (or a synthetic grass court) is the serve-and-volley style. This type of play emphasises powerful serving and fast shots. The player will typically hit their serve and then immediately rush towards the net to attempt to volley a winner before their opponent can get settled. This style can end points very quickly, disrupting opponents’ rhythm.

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Singles and doubles court: what’s the difference?

With years of expertise creating beautiful tennis courts for homes, sports centres and schools, Sovereign Sports has plenty of experience not only in building the surface, but also in spraying the markings. Many people enjoy tennis but don’t actually understand the court markings particularly well – specifically they may not understand the difference between a court during a singles or doubles match.

Of course, the vast majority of tennis courts are marked with full doubles. This is the familiar shape of court that you will have seen if you have watched Wimbledon or played on a standard tennis court.

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Do you need planning permission to build a tennis court?

Home tennis courts are growing in popularity. Aside from being a great way to stay in shape, having a tennis court can also improve the value of your home as well as providing a lovely centrepiece for the property. But many homeowners are put off the idea by perceived bureaucratic challenges such as getting planning permission.

However, if you are thinking of having a tennis court installed, it is good to know that having to get planning permission is a rarity. Here we take a look at whether you are likely to need permission to have a court installed.

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Andy Murray Playing Tennis

Favourite court surfaces of the most famous tennis players

Tennis courts come in a range of different surfaces from the standard hard court to the rarer grass and clay courts.

Andy Murray

Clay is listed as Andy Murray’s favourite surface in his ITF profile. And while this might be the case it can’t be denied that it also the surface that he has seen the least success on. An all-court player, Murray’s game works well on every surface, but given his two wins at Wimbledon as well as his Olympic gold medal, it would be fair to say that his favourite surface is grass!

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Tips for avoiding wear on your tennis court

Tennis courts are sturdy and long-lasting but if they are not looked after properly they can wear down just like any other surface. And the truth is that a lot of this wear is avoidable if you take sensible steps. When used correctly and kept in good condition your tennis court surface can last more than a decade without significant wear, but this can be drastically reduced if the court is misused. Here are some tips for avoiding wear on your tennis court.

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How to improve your tennis forehand

Every tennis player would love to make changes to their game to help them improve, and there is no doubt that the forehand is one of the key shots that can make this happen. Whether you have a private court in your garden and can spend hours practicing, or you only get the chance to head down to the local tennis club every so often, there are changes that anyone can make to improve.

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How to prevent tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is one of the injuries that is most often suffered by regular tennis players. If you have a home court on your property or you are a member of a tennis club and you have found yourself developing the symptoms of tennis elbow it can be very distressing. Not only is the condition uncomfortable, but you might be worried that you won’t be able to play tennis in the future without suffering pain.

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Home tennis court: an alternative to hard court

If you are thinking of having a brand new home tennis court installed at your property, now could be the perfect time. It has never been easier and more affordable to have a beautiful tennis court created in your garden or on private land, and a tennis court can add value to your home as well as giving a lovely focal point to the property.

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