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Before I had my two kids, I was used to working out at the gym, playing badminton and going for a run whenever I wanted. With a toddler and baby, I found it was much more difficult to find the time to exercise and invest in my own health and well-being in the way I was used to. However, I was determined to eke out some time in my day for myself and found that if you’re willing to be flexible and take a creative approach to the way you exercise, you can stay in shape. I started this blog to share my tips with other mums and help readers create their own fitness routines that allow them to continue taking part in the sporting activities they enjoy in a way that fits in with their responsibilities as parents.

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Choosing The Best Tennis Court Surface For Your Needs

by Tommy Gordon

When you make the decision to have a tennis court constructed, there are several factors for you to take into consideration, including the surface of the court. There are four main types of surface for you to choose from, and they each have unique qualities and drawbacks. Here's an overview of those tennis court surface options for you to consider:

Grass

Grass courts are synonymous with Wimbledon, but grass needs a lot of maintenance to keep the court in a suitable condition. The ball has a tendency to bounce low on a grass court, so rallies are short. Additionally, players need to be quick at getting to the ball, and this can be advantageous for those who play close to the net. These factors mean the serve holds more significance on games played on grass than on other surfaces.  

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass gives your court the traditional grass surface appearance without the same level of maintenance required for grass courts. Artificial grass requires periodic vacuuming and gentle hosing to remove debris. Play is similar to that on grass courts, and the even bounce and consistent level of spin on artificial grass surfaces makes them ideal for all experience levels.

Clay

Clay surfaces are used in the French Open and are made of crushed brick or shale. This type of surface is ideal for baseline and tactical players, as the high bounce produced on clay makes rallies longer. Big serves aren't as effective on clay courts, so utilising angles and spin can help you gain the advantage and dominate.  

Hard

Hard courts are used in the Australian Open and are a popular outdoor choice, as the acrylic surface provides a consistent playing experience. The bounce is even and moderate, while speed of play is slower than grass but faster than clay. Those who have good general playing skills will do well on hard surface courts, regardless of whether they favour the baseline or net.

When making plans to have a tennis court constructed, consider maintenance requirements, frequency of use and player style when deciding on the surface material. Average rainfall and drainage solutions should be key considerations, particularly if you have opted for a grass surface, and how the court surface will be kept cool during the summer months to prevent damage also needs to be determined at the planning stage. Your chosen court designer will discuss your criteria with you in detail and can make recommendations if you're unsure of the best surface for your needs.

Contact a tennis court construction company for more information.

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