What makes the court speeds differ?

01-20-2006, 07:24 PM
What makes the speed of courts change? I have heard many different explanations and I expect that they all bear some truth. The opinions I have heard so far probably make a difference but there is a huge difference between clay and hard or hard and grass or clay and carpet. etc...

Thank you very much in advance to anyone who helps me. Oh, and I'd like it to be a fairly detailed answer if possible.

01-20-2006, 07:41 PM
Smoothness of the surface is a big factor. Smoother it is, less friction there is between ball and the court and less speed the ball will lose upon impact. One year, they painted Melbourne courts to make them smooth & fast, to help Aussies (Scud, mostly). Of course, that year Agassi won, beating Sampras on the way :)

Also, height of the bounce has impact on gameplay. It is not necessarily tied to court speed - clay courts have lower bounce than most hardcourts, yet are usually considered "slower".

01-20-2006, 07:45 PM
This old article has a nice explanation:



01-20-2006, 07:49 PM
Thank you both so much.