Guide to Modern Day Tennis Court Construction

Category: Sports

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Building new a tennis courts requires space, money and a special expertise to ensure the court is playable and the area around the courts is safe and usable.


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A Guide To Modern Day Tennis Court Construction

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In recent years tennis has made a resurgence and the threat to courts in many communities is less than it has been. Since the COVID-19 lockdown started to ease around the world tennis has been one sport that has been a popular choice as a non-contact sport and people have been flocking to the courts. Building new a tennis courts requires space money and a special expertise to ensure the court is playable and the area around the courts is safe and usable.

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As well as the construction of the court itself court surfacing lighting fencing or perimeter walls and any other amenities in the vicinity of the court need to be taken into account. Lighting will mean the court will get more use and allow players to play in different conditions. Then there is the positioning of the court in relation to the sun.

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It is suggested that courts should be oriented as close to north/south as possible and the net line should be on the east/west axis. The reason it needs to be positioned like this is so the sun does not disrupt play particularly in the early morning or late afternoon. The length of a court is around 78ft by 36ft wide. Mini courts for children learning the game are 36ft by 18ft.

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There are several different surfaces to choose from – clay courts hard courts grass courts synthetic courts and carpet courts. The different courts all have a very different impact on how the game is played. For example grass is considered to be the most difficult to play on as the ball moves so fast them.

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The grass is grown on hard packed soil and how the court performs will be dictated by whether it has recently been mowed or how much it has been watered. The ball tends to bounce low and fast on a grass court so it gives the opponent less time to be able to move. Grass courts are the most difficult to maintain.

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Artificial grass is becoming a popular surface for recreational tennis. It is not used on professional courts but it is can be used for warm up courts. The benefits of artificial grass courts are that they are easy to maintain with low maintenance costs long lasting weather resistant and are cheaper to construct than traditional courts. All of these factors are a bonus for cash-strapped local authorities and clubs on tight budgets. Clay courts are cheap to build and can be installed anywhere even over the top of old and cracked asphalt courts. They do need to be looked after well to stop them from cracking.

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The cost of tennis court construction depends on the surface that is being used the size and the condition of the surface that is being built on. It will also depend on how extensive the add on facilities are – lighting fencing walls or any buildings. The average cost is usually around 65000 but could be as high as 100000.

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Major Walter Wingfield is said to be the person who started the game of tennis on courts outside. He took a version of Real Tennis out on to a lawn in 1873. It was called Sphairistike Greek for playing ball and was first played in Wales in the UK.

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The process of constructing a tennis court starts with the excavation of the allocated space taking off the top surface to the required depth. All courts are built on a level layer of foundation of asphalt and then topped up with acrylic layers. A geotextile layer is used to help with drainage filtering and protection of the site. It is the amount of sand used in these acrylic layers that will determine how fast the ball will bounce.

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Professional tennis tournaments have jazzed things up since the US Open decided to change their surface color green to blue in 2005. The reason for the change was to make the ball easier to see for both players and spectators.

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Once your tennis court construction is complete then it is important to maintain the space. Experts say that court maintenance is often not taken seriously enough. But it is the decisions you make at the start of the construction process that will impact how easy it is to maintain your court.

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Cleaning at least every few weeks Introducing special rules to limit the damage of the court like special shoes not items like chairs dragged across the court and no eating or chewing gum that could dame the surface Fences are something to consider when constructing your court to prevent children from playing non tennis games on them to stop animals getting in and stop any types of vehicles from getting on them

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Installing a drainage system will mean surface water won’t damage the surface but it is important to check for leave and debris blocking the drainage Remove any surface water to prevent it from damaging the surface Consider getting the court colour painted in an anti-slip and anti-fungal paint that will help with maintenance Courts will need to be resurfaced every six to eight years to keep them in good working order

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Contact details CrowAll Surface Contractors Ltd. Address: 2 Briardale Place Aurora Ontario Canada L4G 6M4 Phone Number: 416-951-4626 Website:

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