The Info List - Grass Court

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A grass court is one of the four different types of tennis court on which the sport of tennis, originally known as "lawn tennis", is played. Grass
courts are made of grasses in different compositions depending on the tournament. Although grass courts are more traditional than other types of tennis courts, maintenance costs of grass courts are higher than those of hard courts and clay courts. Grass
courts (in the absence of suitable covers) must be left for the day if rain appears, as the grass becomes very slippery when wet. Grass
courts are most common in Britain, although the Northeastern United States
United States
also has some private grass courts.


1 Play style 2 Players 3 Professional tournaments played on grass

3.1 Summer grass season

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Play style[edit] Because grass courts tend to be slippery, the ball often skids and bounces low while retaining most of its speed, rarely rising above knee height. In addition, there are often bad bounces. As a result, players must reach the ball faster relative to other surfaces, and rallies are likely to be comparatively brief; therefore, speed and power are rewarded on grass. On grass, the serve and return play a major part in determining the outcome of the point, increasing the importance of serving effectively, and maintaining focus in exchanges which can be heavily influenced by lapses in concentration.[1] A grass-court favours a serve and volley style of play. Players[edit]

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
serving at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.

Among the most successful players on grass in the Open Era have been Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, John Newcombe, Björn Borg, Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
and Chris Evert. All have won at least five grand slam singles titles on grass; Navratilova won twelve, Federer and Court won eight, while King, Sampras, Graf, and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
each won seven. Other players who have been relatively successful on grass during the Open era are Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Virginia Wade, Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
and Andy Murray. Sampras is lauded by many tennis analysts as one of the greatest grass-court players of all time.[2][3][4][5] He won seven Wimbledon singles titles in eight years from 1993 through 2000, with his only loss in that span coming in the 1996 quarterfinals. Roger Federer
Roger Federer
is statistically the most successful male grass court player of the Open Era; he has won an Open Era-record 17 grass court titles including an all-time record 9 Halle Open
Halle Open
titles and an all-time record of 8 Wimbledon Gentleman singles titles. Federer has the longest grass court winning streak in the Open Era as he won 65 consecutive matches on grass from 2003 to 2008 where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
in the 2008 Wimbledon final. The most successful female grass-court players currently playing are Serena Williams
Serena Williams
and her sister Venus Williams, with seven and five Wimbledon singles titles respectively. Venus has won five out of her nine Wimbledon finals appearances (losing three to her sister Serena) and achieving five titles in the ladies' doubles with her sister. Professional tournaments played on grass[edit] The professional grass court season is comparatively short. Until 2014 it consisted only of Wimbledon, two weeks of tournaments in Britain and continental Europe leading up to it, and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in the Newport, Rhode Island, United States
United States
the week after. In 2015 it was extended, with an extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon. On the ATP Tour, the Stuttgart Open
Stuttgart Open
became a grass court tournament that year.[6] In 2017 a new ATP 250 tournament in Antalya, Turkey, will be played a week before Wimbledon.[7] On the WTA Tour Mallorca, Spain, began hosting a grass court tournament beginning in 2016.[8] Summer grass season[edit]


Grand Slam tournaments

ATP World Tour 500 Premier

ATP World Tour 250 International


Week 1 Stuttgart Open
Stuttgart Open
(Stuttgart, Germany) Nottingham Open (Nottingham, United Kingdom)

Rosmalen Grass
Court Championships ('s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)

Week 2 Halle Open
Halle Open
(Halle, Germany) Queen's Club Championships
Queen's Club Championships
(London, United Kingdom) Birmingham
Classic (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Open (Santa Ponsa, Spain)[9]

Week 3 Eastbourne International (Eastbourne, United Kingdom) Antalya Open (Antalya, Turkey) Eastbourne International (Eastbourne, United Kingdom)

Week 4 Wimbledon (London, United Kingdom)

Week 5

Week 6 Hall of Fame Tennis
Championships (Newport, Rhode Island, United States) none

See also[edit]


Clay court Hardcourt Carpet court


^ "The grass is the star at Wimbledon and this year's Olympic tennis matches". The Washington Post. 4 July 2012.  ^ " Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
on Grass
Courts". USTA. 28 May 2008.  ^ "Sampras still the best - Murray". Irish Times. 23 June 2009.  ^ "Sampras "walks on water" for Wimbledon win". McCook Daily Gazette. 2 July 1999. p. 7.  ^ Calvin Tomkins (28 June 2010). "Anxiety on the grass". The New Yorker.  ^ " Stuttgart
To Make Switch To Grass
Courts In 2015". ATP. 29 March 2013.  ^ "ATP calendar 2016-2017-2018" (PDF). ATP. 29 March 2013.  ^ "WTA To Head To Mallorca
In 2016". WTA. 9 June 2014.  ^ "New WTA event in Mallorca
in 2016 further expands grass court season" (PDF). WTA. 9 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

LTA – Grass
Court Guidance

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