Yes, it’s tennis season again; from the 2nd of July our television screens will be inundated with Wimbledon matches and news, featuring the manicured green lawns and our favourite players, no doubt our fridges will be filled with delicious, juicy strawberries and cream – briefly! Perhaps you enjoy playing tennis yourself and while many of us might bat a ball with the children during the summer months, are you an avid player who dreams of having your own tennis court?
Well, why not make your dream a reality? It might surprise you to know that you can create a tennis court on a piece of land just 30 by 15 metres, including the required surrounding space. Ideally, a home tennis court should be 33.5 by 16.2 metres but if you have sufficient land, then why not thoroughly stretch your legs on a court of 36.5m x 18.2 metres?
You may wish to get advice on how much value a tennis court would add to your property, which is not necessarily in alignment with the cost. But perhaps you would prefer to lease some land instead? You can get plenty of good advice about doing all of this, just by speaking to your local estate agent.
If you are in a group of tennis enthusiasts, you could feasibly club together to finance a shared tennis court – alternatively, why not appeal to your local community to find out if there are locals who would share your interest and would be happy to make an investment in this venture, or raise funds?
It is a good idea to first consider your court’s position in relation to the sun, in order to help reduce glare during play, although it is unlikely this will be completely unavoidable. Neither would you wish to block your favourite view from the conservatory, or the sun’s rays to your vegetable patch, or even have overhanging branches in the way. Naturally, the tennis court would need to be a cohesive addition to your garden’s design.
Once you have decided on where your tennis court will be, then you will need to consider what construction is required in and around the tennis court; such as what foundations your court will need, which is affected by the base surface being utilized and whether you will require a wall or fence enclosure or lighting.
There are a surprising amount of surfaces that can be used for a tennis court, so if you would rather skip the inconvenience of high maintenance mowing, why not have a soft surface laid or some artificial grass? Have a look at this website which offers a wide range of surfaces.
If you do choose to keep a soft natural grass court, then the lawn will ideally need to be smooth and uniform; free of weeds, lumps and holes, and firm to support the bounce of the balls. You should have a top quality, preferably cylindrical, lawn mower which can mow down to 6mm, but may wish to hire a professional to do the work.
Lighting will, of course, play an important role in the use of your court, especially if you are planning on late summer night tennis get-togethers and keeping up play in the colder months. According to experts, illuminating a tennis court adds an extra 35% playing time. There are companies which offer lighting systems which can support you in this and which will help you enjoy the sport all year, instead of just at the peak of the Wimbledon season, take a look here.