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Tennis courts

What size is a tennis court?
The generally accepted ‘standard’ size of a private court is 110 feet by 54 feet. As the playing lines for a doubles court are 78 feet by 36 feet this will leave you with a runback at each end of 16 feet and a side run off of 9 feet. If the standard of play is very good and you have the space, you could consider a larger court of 114 feet by 56 feet (LTA recommended minimum for club use) or 120 feet by 60 feet (International Standard). Of course where space is restricted it is sometimes necessary to reduce the size of the court. If the ground is sloping , you will need an area larger than the court measurements to allow for the creation of banks when the site is levelled. It is normal to leave a flat margin 18’’ wide around the outside of the perimeter drain if required.

Where can a court be built?
A tennis court can be built in most places provided there is sufficient space and the ground conditions are suitable. A court surrounded by trees on the south side will mean a large area will be in the shade which encourages moss growth. There will also be a problem with falling leaves and other debris. Overhanging branches will cause additional problems with bird droppings and sap from the trees which can damage the surface, it is therefore preferable to have the court in an open area if possible.

How would it be positioned?
The positioning of the court is normally dictated by site restrictions, boundaries or aesthetics. If none of these apply, it is preferable to lay the court North by North West to South by South East to allow the fullest summer and autumn evening play with minimum glare from the sun.

How is the site prepared?
A site will need to be cleared of trees, scrub etc which can normally be burned on site. A small area adjacent to the court can be used to bury roots and rubbish. It is normal practice to remove organic top soil and vegetation to expose the subsoil. Alternatively all rubbish and soil can be taken away from the site at an additional cost.

Fencing posts
These are galvanised steel which are finished in a factory applied enamel coating to match the chain link netting.