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4 Health Reasons To Never Play Tennis On an Old Court Surface

A quality playing surface is crucial for both your physical well-being and your game performance.

Researched, written by Amber & The Team
Updated on January 21, 2024

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Tennis courts can accumulate wear and tear over time, even with proper maintenance.

Water may start pooling on the surface and remain there for extended periods.

The tennis court’s surface may start bubbling or get cracked.

Over time, color can start fading, and the surface can begin allowing mildew and mold growth.

All these issues make it hard for players to play on the court while increasing health and safety concerns.

This calls for resurfacing, a cosmetic alteration to a court’s surface level.

Below are four health-related reasons to never play tennis on old surface, and why it’s better to resurface tennis courts on time.


Increased injury risk


An uneven tennis surface creates a trip-and-fall hazard that can cause a player to lose footing and fall, resulting in severe injuries like broken bones and sprains.

If a tennis court isn’t resurfaced regularly, uneven surfaces and cracks may become significant over time, increasing the risk of injury.

Failure to resurface the tennis court may cause the surface to become jagged and rough. Tennis court resurfacing not only helps maintain the court’s appearance but minimizes injury risks as well.

It addresses cracks and uneven surfaces, creating a smoother surface that guarantees player safety.


Impact on joint health


When tennis players run, jump, or engage in other physical activities, the repetitive force of their movements puts a lot of strain on their bodies, especially muscles and joints.

If the tennis court surface doesn’t have sufficient shock absorption, the players’ bodies absorb this force, increasing the risk of fatigue, discomfort, and injuries.

Resurfacing the tennis court is crucial to ensure a more cushioned surface – it enhances its shock absorption to ensure players aren’t affected as much when they fall.

Excellent shock absorption minimizes impact on player muscles and joints.

This results in less fatigue, letting them maintain performance levels for long durations.

Reduced impact also shortens recovery time between plays, enhancing overall performance.

A shock-absorbing surface reduces the risk of injury by:

  • Protecting joints;
  • Preventing injury overuse;
  • Offering fall protection.


Adverse effects on mental state and confidence


Playing on a tennis court that isn’t correctly maintained negatively affects a player’s mental condition and confidence.

Uneven, cracked surfaces make it hard for players to foresee how the tennis ball will respond or bounce, resulting in frustration and reduced focus when playing.

The lack of concentration further increases injury risk because players might not pay much attention to their surroundings.

Tennis court resurfacing leads to better shock absorption, maintaining a uniform surface while ascertaining the ball behaves in a predictable manner.

Playing on a freshly resurfaced court boosts a player’s mental state and confidence while making them more focused on their environment, minimizing injury risks.


Safety hazards


Tennis courts experience a lot of wear over time, including cracks and uneven surfaces, resulting in damaged courts, which creates a safety hazard if the problems aren’t appropriately addressed.

Resurfacing is a vital routine tennis court maintenance task that addresses these safety concerns.

The process starts with the repair stage.

Resurfacing includes an in-depth assessment of the whole court and completion of repair works, including crack and pothole fixing and surface leveling.

The repair work is then followed by the surfacing phase.

Once completed, the resurfacing process restores surface smoothness and minimizes tripping and other injury hazards, promoting safety.




Tennis court resurfacing comes with multiple rewards.

Familiarize yourself with the health benefits of playing on a resurfaced court.

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