Play your own Grand Slam Tournament on these 3 tennis court surfaces

Dated: June 19 2021

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Avid tennis fan? Then you know that not every tennis court is the same. Each surface will change up your play and the outcome of a game.

You don’t have to play on the world stage to discover that hard courts heighten the intensity of a game and clay courts can test your technique in so many ways. The opportunity to try out all three Grand Slam court surfaces is just a drive away.

Read an overview of the surface below to make tennis another one of the many enjoyable things to do in Arizona.

Grass courts

The game of tennis traces its roots to grass. Also known as a lawn court, this court surface encourages fast play. The soft surface of the court keeps ball rebound low, spurring players to fine-tune serves and volleys as well as quicken footwork.

Because grass courts are a living surface, they require plenty of maintenance. The play of a court can change depending on the condition of the grass, looseness of the soil underneath, and number of rounds already played. As a result, many grass courts are found in private clubs and only one Grand Slam uses the surface: the Wimbledon Open.

A roughly 30-minute drive northeast from Phoenix, the Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale gives its members four USTA-certified grass courts to practice on. If you want to feel like you’re at Wimbledon, plan a trip to the private Desert Mountain Club. The Scottsdale club boasts a stadium grass court. 

Hard courts

Laid using asphalt and concrete and topped with acrylic, resin, or rubber, the hard court is the most common tennis surface. It’s popular, because it requires minimal maintenance and has a durable, consistent structure. 

The hard court sees Grand Slam action during the US Open and the Australian Open. Aggressive tactics excel on its high-rebound surface. Balls bounce high and move fast, rewarding players with strong serves and quick reflexes.

Develop your all-round game at the Phoenix Tennis Center. Located in the heart of Phoenix, the center makes 25 lighted hard courts available to the public. You can book a court in advance to guarantee several rounds of high-energy play. 

Clay courts 

Found only in the French Open, the clay court almost always guarantees long rallies. The aggressive tactics and quick wins of hard and grass court games don’t have much of a foothold here.

Made of crushed stone, brick, shale or metabasalt (Har-Tru), clay courts test a player’s endurance and tactical skills. Balls bounce the highest and move the slowest on them. The best clay court players tend to be great defensive players who are also skilled at catching their opponent off guard when returning the ball. 

Thinking of practicing on clay courts to polish your technique? Visit the Desert Mountain Club or the Desert Highlands Golf Club (both in Scottsdale). Desert Mountain has five Har-Tru courts to practice on, while Desert Highlands has six. 

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