Court surface: Artificial Clay (Tiger Turf Advantage Clay)
Number of courts: 4 courts
Court Speed: ITF - 2 Medium-Slow
Facilities: Purpose Built Club House 2015
Coaching: Level 3 Coach Tadhg Johnston
Flood Lit Courts: Yes
League: De Vesci LTC plays league in both men's and women's.
History: De Vesci LTC is set in the beautiful mature parkland of the De Vesci Gardens, Sloperton, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Tennis has been played in the
De Vesci Gardens since 1895. Since 1895 De Vesci has had a number of tennis surfaces from grass, tarmac, artificial grass to now artificial clay in 2015.
BaseLine Synthetic Clay at De Vesci Lawn Tennis Club
To keep up with the advances of modern tennis clubs. De Vesci LTC made the brave decision to install all artificial clay tennis courts the first of its kind in Ireland. The surface is called Tiger Turf Advantage Clay, it is a synthetic clay that looks and plays like clay. Accredited with an ITF 2 court pace rating of (Medium-Slow) means its the most realistic synthetic clay court on the market today. De Vesci sent a clay court committee to Liverpool on a fact finding mission to play on two synthetic clay courts. With excellent playing characteristics and the benefits discussed De Vesci voted in the new synthetic clay courts in 2015.
It took one month to install the new courts. The main difference between synthetic clay and artificial grass is the court pace. Synthetic Clay is ITF 2 Medium-Slow while Artificial Grass is ITF 5 Fast. This means higher, slower bounces which makes for longer rallies, more opportunities for learners to see how points are constructed compared to faster surfaces. We find rallies are longer and points are won more tactically compared to other surfaces. This is great for beginners and advanced players. Another benefit about clay is the surface provides excellent support for joints and muscles, meaning that game play is more comfortable and the risk of injury is reduced. Spin also reacts well to the surface. A number of professional players learnt their craft on clay courts. Federer, Murray and Nadal all learnt how to play tennis on clay courts.
Court maintenance is very simple. A three minute drag of the courts means each member experience is the best it can be keeping the courts smooth and ready to play. By dragging the courts its also allows members to cool down and stretch after a match.
Keen tennis player John said:
"I spent my summers playing at this club. It's really great to see the club go from strength to strength. The courts look and play brilliantly and it really does feel and play like clay as promised. De Vesci is a great club for local people and is all the more enjoyable with these new facilities."