Hard court

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The hard court ( English hardcourt or hard court ) is one of the four playing surfaces in tennis , consisting of a solid, water-impermeable surface.


It is made of concrete , the advantage is that there is little unevenness in the ground and so the bounce of the ball is regular and therefore easier to calculate. The playing surface is an advantage for players who like to take risks as well as for servers, but the joints are more stressed, especially when falling, than with other surfaces. The structure is simpler and the surface structure is smoother and therefore more even. The idea of ​​competition is more clearly in the foreground. It is not well suited for amateur athletes due to the risk of injury, especially the knee and ankles are vulnerable. The equipment shows a higher level of wear .


Two of the four Grand Slam tournaments ( Australian Open and US Open ) and the ATP World Tour Finals will be played on hard courts.

The following tournaments of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 are played on hard courts:

The following tournaments of the ATP World Tour 500 are played on hard courts:

The following tournaments of the ATP World Tour 250 are played on hard courts:

Individual evidence

  1. Hard Court, the. Part of speech: noun, masculine. In: Duden . Bibliographisches Institut GmbH , p. 2 , accessed on July 18, 2017 : "Sports field, especially tennis court, with a solid [water-impermeable] surface"
  2. Hard court as a tennis court. Hard court: fast tennis, joint endangering. In: Sportlexikon. Wolfgang Winkelbauer, p. 1 , accessed on July 18, 2017 : “Another variant of the tennis court is the hard court. The hard court is made of concrete and has the advantage over grass and sand that there is hardly any unevenness in the ground and the ball's bounce is therefore very regular and easier to calculate. "
  3. hard court. Hall magic on the right surface. In: tennisextra.at. Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG , 2017, p. 4 , accessed on July 18, 2017 : “Hard courts in domestic tennis halls can - like the hard courts on the ATP Tour - be of different properties. As a general rule, hard courts are simpler in terms of their structure and, thanks to their smooth surface structure, are significantly more level than sand or carpet courts, which makes it easier to calculate the jumping behavior. The subsurface is very fast, the different materials can still contribute a lot. Hard courts are therefore particularly suitable for experienced players with good winning strokes, the idea of ​​competition is more in the foreground on hard court than on sand, for example. The big disadvantage, which is why amateur athletes in particular, should rather avoid hard court, is the increased risk of injury due to a lack of sliding behavior, knees and ankles are particularly vulnerable. The equipment also has a higher level of wear and tear than other surfaces. "