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
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.
* 1 Play style * 2 Players
* 3 Professional tournaments played on grass
* 3.1 Summer grass season
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
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. A grass-court favours a serve and volley style of play.
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 Gawley , Roger Federer
Venus Williams ,
Serena Williams ,
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 each won seven. Other players who
have been relatively successful on grass during the Open era are Ken
Arthur Ashe ,
Rod Laver ,
Sampras is lauded by many tennis analysts as one of the greatest grass-court players of all time. 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. The most successful male player currently is Roger Federer, an eight-time Wimbledon singles champion. His variety in the shots, speed, footwork, and slices, are his biggest weapons. Before being beaten in 2008 at Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal , Federer had a 65-match winning streak on grass, and 40 consecutive wins at Wimbledon alone.
The most successful female players currently playing are 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
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
SUMMER GRASS SEASON
Grand Slam tournaments
ATP World Tour 500 Premier
ATP World Tour 250 International
WEEK ATP WTA
Eastbourne International (
* ^ "The grass is the star at Wimbledon and this year’s Olympic
tennis matches". The Washington Post. 4 July 2012.
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