Growing up playing clay court tennis it has always bothered me that collegiate tennis is only played on asphalt/hard surface tennis courts. Football and baseball fields can be grass or synthetic and that is acceptable. Beyond the fact that I think colleges/schools should have an home court advantage, I also believe that clay tennis helps to develop a full tennis game. Longer points, dimensional strategies and different styles of play just makes sense. It is only a simple biographical search of the top 10 players in both the men’s and women’s professional game to figure out that developing tennis games on clay has produced some of the best tennis players in the world.
So, why aren’t clay courts part of college tennis?