The Change of Footwear with the Change in Tennis Court Surfaces

Many people understand the importance of tennis court resurfacing because the surface of your court not only affects the quality of your game but it also puts your health at risk.  Interestingly, you also need to consider changing your footwear as per the surface of your tennis court.

The hard court is a common surface that is a mixture of silica, acrylics, concrete, and asphalt. Due to the mixture, your lower extremities will have to absorb a tremendous amount of shock. Not wearing a suitable pair of shoes can lead to problems such as Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, plantar heel bruising, and plantar fasciitis.

The best thing is to opt for a heavier shoe in this case; in fact, you should remember that the harder the tennis court surface, the heavier the shoe should become. That is the only way to minimize the risk of hurting yourself on the field.

Clay Tennis Courts

In the United States, clay courts are quite popular. There are two types of clay courts commonly found in the US that are red clay, which is crumpled red bricks and green clay, which is made up of natural materials and chemical binders.

Clay courts are quite challenging as they require an ideal balance of moisture. In the absence of the required moisture balance, the court may become too dry and slippery or it may become too wet and clingy. Both cases will result in injuries and sprains to the players.

The sliding on the clay surface may result in blisters, onychodystrophy, onycholysis, subungual hematoma, turf toe and hallux limitus. To avoid these issues herringbone pattern shoes are recommended on clay courts. They are the lighter ones with an added ability to grasp on the dry floors and easy to move on the moist floors. To avoid blisters and foot jamming it`s better to stick felt inside of shoes.

Grass Tennis Courts

Tennis courts with grass surfaces are comparatively less popular ones as grassy surfaces are very soft and can lead to an ankle sprain and hyperextension injuries. Moist grass and the soil underneath are the possible risks.

There are special shoes designed for playing on the grass court, which have the rubber nubs on the plantar and distal outsole. These are ideal for playing on the grassy surfaces and provides good grip on the soil. Players can also use shoes with deep herringbone pattern if they can’t access the former one. It is always recommended to do some startup practice before playing if they are new on grass surface tennis court.

Carpet Tennis Courts

Tennis courts with the carpeted surface are quite dangerous and least popular as the players are more prone to get injured on this surface. To reduce the probability of strains and injuries carpeted surfaces are sanded. Still, if the sanding is not even it may create the problematic situation.

For tennis courts with carpeted surface hybrid shoes are recommended as they can go well with extra soft and over dry surfaces.