What surface did you learn to play tennis on?

Dr. Laborious
06-11-2004, 10:50 PM
Always wondered how this differed from country to country

06-11-2004, 10:59 PM
indoor carpet
(but it must be noted that I had my first tennis lessons in late autumn so most of the outdoor courts have been already closed, otherwise it would have been prolly red clay)

but I still don't like playing on clay :(

anyway, I'm playing tennis "only" as my #2 leisure time sports as I'm already playing basketball for a club and tennis only with friends and not on club level

06-12-2004, 12:16 AM
Clay. I've always played on clay.
But i have to admit that i've tried once playing on hardcourt and i felt better. I don't like playing on clay much but that's all we have (mostly lol)

06-12-2004, 12:20 AM
Indoor carpet :yeah:
That was cool :)

06-12-2004, 12:31 AM
Hard aka squeaky. Clay just makes a terrible mess of everything. 1st time I stepped onto a court as a child it was some kinda shale if I recall :)

06-12-2004, 12:55 AM
Hardcourt - Plexipave

06-12-2004, 12:56 AM
up the park on concrete and if the net didnt have holes in it or dog poo on the court you could have a decent game lol

06-12-2004, 03:55 AM
im from argentina but i played all my life on hardcourts, only twice i played on clay. :cool:

06-12-2004, 04:29 AM
Outdoor hard. Indoor carpet and grass are my fav. surfaces to play on however.

06-12-2004, 05:17 AM
Although I started out on the street, I really learnt how to play on red clay :) It totally doesn't suit my game, but it is still my fav. surface.

Clara Bow
06-12-2004, 05:35 AM
Hardcourt. That's really the main type of surface that was around in the subdivisions where I grew up.

up the park on concrete and if the net didnt have holes in it or dog poo on the court you could have a decent game lol

Tee hee! That reminds me of when we thought we were hot s*** on my high school tennis team and made fun of an opposing school's court because it had a bunch of cracks and weeds poking through. Now I have a rotator cuff injury and am getting cortisone shots. It's called karma, people! ;)

Action Jackson
06-12-2004, 05:37 AM
Clay and I am glad it wasn't anything else, though we had the free asphalt community courts as well which I played on now and then.

06-12-2004, 05:37 AM
Hard court, outdoor :)

06-12-2004, 05:44 AM
Outdoor hard court. Just about the only surface where I grew up.

06-12-2004, 06:24 AM
Only the best red clay.

06-12-2004, 10:39 AM
Clay, of course.

06-12-2004, 10:43 AM
up the park on concrete and if the net didnt have holes in it or dog poo on the court you could have a decent game lol
lol, sounds like the courts i used to practice on, ours had (and still has) a huge crack in the concrete.

06-12-2004, 10:58 AM
hardcourt here.

06-12-2004, 11:09 AM
I've always played on red clay.

06-12-2004, 11:23 AM
I did some lessons as a kid on hardcourts which is all we seem to have around my area

But never played any tennis as a kid other than those lessons, instead playing basketball, soccer, footy etc up until a couple of years ago

Even though tennis has always been one of my fav sports ever since I was a kid, only since late last year have I really been busting to get out on a court at least once a week, but every one of my mates hates tennis, except for one, and he's been in and out of hospital :(

David Kenzie
06-12-2004, 11:30 AM
Hardcourt, most tennis clubs only have concrete courts in France. But my favorite surface is red clay.

06-12-2004, 11:32 AM
that's my favourite too

User ID 4783
06-12-2004, 12:07 PM
Clay and it is still my favourite surface :rolleyes:

06-12-2004, 12:45 PM
Clay is my favourite as well

06-12-2004, 12:47 PM
Clay here... It's also my favorite surface, though I like to play on hardcourt aswell

06-12-2004, 01:21 PM
Hardcourt - Hard...no explanation needed..just hard :tape:

06-12-2004, 01:29 PM
Mostly concrete, with the occasional (usually badly maintained) grass courts in the backyards of particularly privileged country friends! Actually, the concrete was badly maintained too, and the extra lines from doubling for netball didn't help ;) I still have a scar from falling over one very nasty, raised crack :lol: Amazing I still like the game really!

Oh, and all outdoors of course, and almost all my games as a schoolkid were doubles.

06-12-2004, 01:39 PM
None of them are in the choices.

I learned how to play tennis on sand&shell courts and cement courts.

06-12-2004, 01:55 PM
Grass like nearly everyone here in England.

06-12-2004, 01:57 PM
Grass like nearly everyone here in England.

Concrete for most in England unless you have an elite membership to an exclusive tennis club. :)

06-12-2004, 02:02 PM
Concrete for most in England unless you have an elite membership to an exclusive tennis club. :)

That is actually not true - I learnt to play tennis on the courts at my school and also in the public park - and all they had were grass courts. Perhaps it has changed recently though as I'm not quite as young as some people on this Board so haven't played much for a few years - but the courts I learnt on are still very much in use!! Admit I did belong to an "exclusive" tennis club at one stage too though :) .

06-12-2004, 02:21 PM
Always Clay, but I love playing on hard, it suits my horrible game better and its fun to variate.

However, as years go by and body starts tog et injury prone, I practically stopped playing on hard, since clay is more body friendly.