Midweek Eastern Metropolitan Region Ladies' Tennis Association, Melbourne, Australia

Guidelines for Correct Footwear

Red Porous (En-Tout-Cas and European Clay) Tennis Courts

Please respect the requirements a club may have for correct footwear.

Shoes that are suitable for hard surfaces, synthetic grass and synthetic clay may not be suitable for porous courts. Just because the salesperson in the shoe shop tells you that the shoes are suitable for 'all' surfaces does not mean that they will be suitable for porous courts.

If the shoes you are wearing are not considered appropriate by the club on whose courts you are attending, then you are deemed to be not ready to commence play (as per MEMRLTA by-law 4a) and set may be claimed (as per by-law 9a).

Correct footwear for porous courts has a tread pattern giving reasonable grip, but does not damage the playing surface. As well as for the upkeep of court maintenance, correct footwear is vital for player safety.

Suitable Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts

Examples of
CORRECT FOOTWEAR


Correct Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts

The only acceptable outersole for red porous courts is a herringbone pattern which is usually found on tennis specific shoes and selected cross trainers.
Examples of
INCORRECT FOOTWEAR


Incorrect Footwear for Porous Tennis Courts

Any shoe outersole which has a lugged pattern is unacceptable on red porous courts as it will chew up and leave marks across the surface, damaging their condition.

A good test to know if your shoes are suitable for porous courts is to rub your hand across the sole of the shoe. If the sole feels round, then it will not be suitable. On the other hand, shoes with no tread (little or no tread) may also be unsuitable as they are prone to excessive slipping and are dangerous.