The Difference Between Playing on Outdoor and Indoor Tennis Courts

Are you a tennis player? If yes, have you played on both indoor and outdoor tennis courts? If you have, then you must know the difference. There are some players that strictly play outside tennis while others play only indoor tennis

However, there are the flexible tennis players that like to blend the two experiences. Some of the differences between the two tennis courts is the bounce of tennis balls, speed and weather conditions. 


Need I tell you that outdoor tennis is subject to different weather conditions? You may not play during the rain, very hot and windy seasons. Get comfortable as we delve deeper in the differences between an indoor and outdoor tennis court.

The Difference Between Playing on Outdoor and Indoor Tennis Courts

Favorable Conditions

Some people say it doesn't matter whether tennis is played indoors or outdoors, it remains what it is–tennis. However, I don't agree with that statement. There is a difference, especially if you are a player who pays attention to detail

For instance, you know the playing conditions in the indoor tennis court are the same throughout the game while the outdoor conditions vary. For example, the temperature in an indoor court is controlled, has consistent light and the same air current


This means every ball serve is presumably subject to the same circumstances as the previous ball. Under these similar conditions, the actual mechanics of your swing are what takes the day. You don’t have to interpret the environment as is the case sometimes when playing in the outdoor tennis court. 

Note that indoor courts also vary and the best players have to first interpret and respond to the variations.

Flexibility of the Player

If you are a flexible player who can easily analyze wind conditions, navigate the changing shadows on the court and withstand heat, then an outdoor court might be ideal for you. 


Sometimes it’s the type of player and their specific needs that dictate whether they can play either in the outdoor or indoor tennis court. Also, less experienced players get small upsets more in outdoor courts in case they respond faster than their opponent.

Experience of Player

As a tennis player, experience playing on either type of tennis court contributes greatly to your success. After all, isn’t it said that repetition is the most reliable contributor to success? 

Also, remember, weather contributes to how two players with slightly different skill levels perform. If you are used to playing outside, you can easily take advantage of the changing dynamic. On the other hand, a player that plays indoor tennis often might find a transition a little bit rough.

As a player, you might want to vary where you play to stay competitive. You might go for competitions or to play in a different place where you have to use a different tennis court from the one you are used to. 

In other words, if you are an indoor player, always try busting out the sunscreen and playing outdoors where you can and the same with outdoor players.

 Ball Speed

One of the differences between indoor and outdoor tennis courts is ball speed. While playing indoor, the ball speed off the playing surface will remain the same throughout the game but different with outdoor conditions. 

For example, wind and moisture can affect the way the ball responds to the playing surface resulting into a slower pace than what indoor players are used to.

The Difference Between Playing on Outdoor and Indoor Tennis Courts
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It is said, outdoor courts promote fatigue faster than indoor courts. This is because of the controlled environment which you get in indoor courts. The sun has a way it drains your energy mainly during the middle of the day. 

You must know how hard it gets to gather enough energy to finish a match strong in the middle of a hot day. However, it’s different on a cooler day. Note that when playing on a hot day outdoors, you want to keep hydrated to stay competitive.

Bottom Line

There is a difference between playing indoor or outdoor tennis. For example, experience determines how you play. If you are used to playing outdoor tennis, then transitioning to indoor might be tough.

Weather variables also determine the outcome of the game. On a windy day, you might not have control over your ball. Also ball speed remains the same in the indoor court unlike outdoor.

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