Boston Tennis Court Construction Co. Inc.

Boston Tennis Court Construction Co. Inc.

As with most industries, consulting and hiring an experienced, competent professional will give the best chance for a quality, durable tennis court.

Boston Tennis Court Construction, Inc. - 24 Rockland Street - Hanover MA 02339 - (781) 826-2303

Court Construction Basics

SIZE AND SPACE – A standard size tennis court for doubles play measures 60’ x 120’ from fence to fence. For batteries of two or more courts, a minimum of 48’ additional width is allowed for each extra court. For example, two courts measure 108’ x 120’, three courts measure 156’ x 120’, etc.Total cleared space, however varies depending upon site topography, perimeter drainage needs, landscaping and so on. You’ll need a minimum of 5’ around the entire court perimeter. A steeply sloped site requires more clearing to allow for natural sloping around the court. Additional space provisions are needed for special drains, elaborate landscaping or patios. Courts can be smaller than these dimensions, but since the playing lines for doubles are always 36’ x 78’, undersizing compromises safety and quality of play.

ORIENTATION – If possible, a tennis court is situated in a true north-south direction to minumize the effect of a rising or setting sun.

PERIMETER SLOPING & DRAINAGE – A court built into the side of a hill requires different perimeter sloping and drainage than one built on a flat, open area. To divert surface water from washing onto or under a court, a variety of techniques are used, ranging from natural swales, to elaborate underground systems. Sometimes retaining walls are required with drainage provisions behind the walls. This all affects size and space requirements.

FENCING – There are many options here. A standard fence is 10’ high, but 8’ or 12’ may be appropriate at times. The court can be fully enclosed with a high fence or sides can be left open or enclosed with a lower 3’ or 4’ fence. Corners can be a traditional 90 degrees or cut off diagonally. Support systems include wood (round cedar or pressure treated pine) or steel posts (galvanized or vinyl-bonded). The fabric can be vinyl-bonded chain link, netting or chicken wire.

PERMITS – Local bylaws and rules regarding tennis court construction vary. The following issues must be addressed:

Building Permits and Fees – Check with your local building department

Conservation Restrictions – Check with your local conservation department

Utilities – Prior to groundbreaking, a common agency (DigSafe in Massachusetts) is notified to spot and mark all underground lines for gas, electricity, water and sewer.

As with most industries, consulting and hiring an experienced, competent professional will give the best chance for a quality, durable tennis court.

Boston Tennis Court Construction, Inc. - 24 Rockland Street - Hanover MA 02339 - (781) 826-2303