Tennis Courts And Tournaments


Tennis is a sport played in different places and on different types of courts. There are three major types of courts which include the clay courts, grass courts, and hard courts. These three courts host all the major tennis tournaments in a calendar year. Tennis was also earlier played on the carpet court. They were however abandoned as many players complained about regular injuries on that surface. We look at the most important tennis tournaments played on these three types of courts.

The Hard Tennis Courts

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The hard courts hold most of the tournaments in a regular season. Two Grand Slam events are played on hard courts. They include the Australian Open which is played in January every year. It is the first slam of a regular tennis calendar. The US Open is also played on hard tennis courts. It is played in September every year and is the last slam of a regular season.

Many other famous tennis tournaments are played on the hard courts. They include 6 of the 8 Master’s 1000 events.  Among them is the sunshine double of Indian Wells and Miami, the American hard-court swing of Canadian Open and Cincinnati Open. There are also the last 2 Masters events of the ATP calendar in Shanghai and Paris Bercy played on hard courts. Many other tennis tournaments including ATP 500s and ATP 250s are also played on the hard tennis courts. 

The Clay Courts 

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After the hard courts, the clay courts host most of the tournaments. The most important tournament held on clay is the French Open. There are also the 3 Masters 1000s which form a part of the European clay swing. They include Monte Carlo Masters, Madrid Open and the Rome Open. Rafa Nadal has been the most prolific clay-court champion in the current era. He has won more than 10 titles on 3 tennis tournaments held on clay. In Rome, the Spaniard has won 9 titles so far. 

Clay courts are regarded as the most difficult ones to play. This is because of the slow nature of the red dirt. The patience and stamina of the players often get tested on the clay courts. Tennis players with a strong defense and baseline game have more chance of succeeding on the clay tennis courts. This is why the French Open is known as the elusive Grand Slam as many famous players have never succeeded to win it in their career. 

  The Grass Courts

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 The Grass courts are the earliest ones on which game was played. These days fewer tennis tournaments are played on this surface. The grass is still regarded as the surface where tennis artistry can be displayed. Wimbledon is the most famous tennis tournament held on the grass courts. Earlier the Australian Open and the US Open were also played on grass. 

Grass tennis courts, however, don’t host any Masters 1000s. Other important tennis tournaments held on this surface include the ATP 500s like Halle Open in Germany, Queen Open in the UK. The surface is still known as home to tennis. The name lawn tennis is derived from the grass courts where it started.

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