The common base for a hard court is asphalt and concrete. The asphalt or concrete is generally made of padded material with rubbery coatings a thin sealer and special paint. Hard courts can vary in speed and ball bounce depending on their composition.
The hard courts at the US Open are made of Deco Turf which gives good speed. The Australian Open uses Rebound Ace that gives excellent bounce. Hard Court tennis is similar to clay-court tennis and is played on a concrete surface. Unlike grass court, hard court helps the ball to bounce at a greater height.
Hard courts usually have a faster-paced ball that gives very quick bounces. Some of the top tournaments like that of Australian Open Championship and US Open Championship are played on the hardcourt. Hard courts are the most preferred ground of all other surfaces.
The reasoning at the back of the favoritism and status is that it gives a more level playing field for the parties. One of the most striking features of hard courts is that it is easy to preserve them, unlike other courts.
Hardcourt games prove to be the most entertaining grounds for tennis for all. The impartiality of the hard courts is because it provides a favorable ground for all kinds of players.
It is a readily obtainable ground and does not require much work for surfacing like the clay and the grass courts. The hard court is the best ground for power-packed presentations that put great force in the game.
The top ten famous and best female tennis players performing at their best on the hardcourt are:
- Lindsay Davenport
- Steffi Graf
- Chris Evert
- Monica Seles
- Kim Clijsters
- Venus Williams
- Serena Williams
- Justine Henin
- Martina Navratilova
- Helen Jacobs
Both defensive players and power players find hard court easy to play on. It proves to be the best ground to showcase the real talent in the player.