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playing surfaces click to hear : playing surfaces

Tennis is played on various indoor and outdoor surfaces; playing strategies are adapted to the court surface.
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grass synthetic surface hard surface (cement) clay

grass click to hear : grass

Extremely fast playing surface that favors a serve-and-volley game; grass surfaces are increasingly rare due to high maintenance costs.

synthetic surface click to hear : synthetic surface

Soft elastic surface that offers excellent bounce and reduces the risk of injury.

hard surface (cement) click to hear : hard surface (cement)

Surface given to fast bounces; hard surfaces quickly wear out shoes and balls.

clay click to hear : clay

Slow and comfortable surface given to long rallies; clay courts require regular but low-cost maintenance.