M'kay, so we hear about the pros and how they are on different surfaces, but how about all of you here that play and have played on more than one surface?
I was started out on a hardcourt at the age of about three playing tennis with my dad at a local park. It wasn't too long thereafter that we were out there for up to six hours a day, him coaching me the entire time, helping me develop a passion for the game.
By the age of five, he and my mom already knew that this was a serious deal for me, and we moved from Missouri to Florida to seek tennis opportunities. I was introduced to indoor clay courts there (age 5) and I couldn't believe the difference. I had been so used to this fast-pace game, and then here was this slower pace surface, and I remember hating to play on it. I even complained about how it stained my "pretty shoes and clothes." I never have really liked playing on clay, and I've only played 7 clay tournaments in now 13 years of competitive play.
Grass was a different story. I first played on a grass surface when I was six and I loved it, after I understood the surface a little better. I haven't played a grass-court tournament since I was nine (which was also in Florida), but wow did I love the pace of the grass.
Carpet was no big deal to me, and I've played on it more than I would care for.
When we moved to Missouri three years ago when I was 15, it was back to full-time hardcourts unless I was playing an international tournament, such as in Germany and France, where the tournaments I played in were almost always on clay.
So anyway, what surfaces have you all played on, and what do you favor and why?