Having a backyard tennis court is a dream come true – at least for the avid tennis lover. As a lover of this sport, it is not unusual to crave for a personalized backyard tennis court.
While the thought of owning a personal court may seem like a huge feat, it’s actually easy to pull off. There are important things to consider during planning especially the best surface to choose for your court.
There’s more – lighting, landscaping and even fencing need to be considered. Here are key features that should never be overlooked when installing a backyard tennis court.
Do You Have Space For Your Backyard Tennis Court?
For doubles play, the recommended size for play is 60 by 120 feet. So, the first thing to do is to measure and check there’s enough space for the court.
There’s need to make room for extra space around the court for installation of drainages, fencing, and landscaping.
Drainage is Key
Drainage is vital so water can drain off the court with ease. The surface should be considerably leveled, albeit preferably higher or maintaining the same level as the surrounding land.
It is recommended to have a finished surface that is four to six inches above the surrounding ground level. For areas with higher water table, an underground drainage system should be installed to drain out water.
After the surface has been installed, key installations like fencing, lighting, score-recording units, and other add-ons should be introduced.
Fencing – Size & Aesthetics Matters
Fencing is necessary so runaway scenarios can be prevented as much as possible.
A 10-feet fence is recommended for hard-courts. While 8-feet is recommended for fast-dry, clay and turf courts because these surfaces create reduced bounced ball situations. When it comes to choice of materials for fencing, there are varieties to choose from fabric mesh to chain link, the choice depends on financing and aesthetics.
One traditional fencing material offers a crisp look while providing solid support, the chain link-vinyl coated is touted for its excellent qualities. It comes in different colors but lighter colors should be avoided as they impact on the ball’s visibility.
Another popular fencing material is the fabric mesh fencing – this netting material employs synthetic materials (polypropylene or nylon cord) that are stretched along wooden or metallic posts. This material is flexible and offers good visibility and has been tested over extended periods on golf courses, driving ranges and even stadiums. It’s cheaper to install than chain link fencing.
Having a nice shade to relax before, during or after a game is important. Custom shade shelters designed to site’s specifications can be purchased online and installed upon delivery.
Personalized shade shelters usually comprise a metal framework, concrete or paver slab, and fabric awning.
Shelters built in factories can be easily installed on the court or fence. Shelters mounted on courts comprise of a bench, awning and a framework, while shelters mounted on fence comprises of just the framework and awning.