Tennis Court Construction

There is a great choice of surface available for building tennis courts and each will provide slightly different game characteristics. A synthetic grass (astroturf) court will offer a high ball bounce and a slower rate of play suitable for recreational or junior level tennis. Hard court and acrylic systems will offer a medium ball bounce and a quicker rate of play. Sand-dressed systems offer gameplay that most closely matches a natural grass court.

As well as play charactertistics, each surface will also have its own construction requirements and implications for costs and maintenance.

Our Services | Tennis

Blakedown are specialists in synthetic sports surface and court construction and we have been in business for more than fifty years. Our in-house, design and build services and skilled contracts teams are ready to assemble any type of tennis court playing surface and we also take care of the ancillary works such as drainage and irrigation systems, fencing, floodlighting, and sports equipment.

As principal contractor members of SAPCA, who set construction standards and regulate the installation of tennis courts, our clients can be sure of a first class project from start to finish.

Acrylic-coated tarmac tennis courts at Brunel University in Middlesex

Case Study | Bicester Lawn Tennis Club

Blakedown were contracted through the Sport England Inspired Facilites: Places People Play framework to resurface the tennis courts at Bicester Lawn Tennis Club. The old and worn existing tarmac surface was lifted out and a new tarmac layer installed. A two-tone blue acrylic-coat was then applied as the playing surface.

  • Client: Bicester Lawn Tennis Club
  • Contract Type: JCT Minor Works
  • Contract Value: £78,000
  • Build Time: 6 weeks

The tennis club's Chairwoman said of Blakedown: "The team were utterly professional from start to finish. They offered us complete reassurance throughout that we had selected the right people for the job; both in terms of quality and customer service. I would highly recommend Blakedown to everyone".

Choice of Tennis Court Surface

The most common playing surfaces for tennis courts are synthetic turf, hard courts, coated hard courts, clay, and polymeric. There are also very specialist surfaces such as rubber-coated asphalt, used at the US Open, and acrylic-coated latex, used at the Australian Open.

Synthetic turf
Sand-dressed sports turf is a synthetic grass system primarily designed for hockey but which offers good play characteristics for tennis. The system has a reduced (or obscured) sand infill so play takes place on the actual turf, which will often have a 'knit-de-knit' weave offering unimpeded ball bounce. A traditional, sand-filled astroturf system is also suitable for tennis and provides a robust, economical, long-lasting surface suitable for a range of other sports.
Hard Court
Tennis hard court surfaces, whether tarmacadam or asphalt, will be constructed as a two layer system: the base course and the wearing course. The wearing course is the upper-most layer and forms the actual playing surface. A tarmac tennis court will offer a fairly high ball bounce, quick gameplay, and will accommodate spin effectively. Tarmac also has a very good lifespan, is easy to maintain, and is relatively economical compared to more specialist surfaces.
An acrylic coat is an anti-slip performance layer that is sprayed onto tarmac tennis courts to provide a safer system with improved play characteristics. The acrylic can also be sourced in virtually any colour and so is often chosen to match club, team, or school colours.
Advantage Red Court
Synthetic turf manufacturer Edel Grass offer an innovative alternative to a clay system which is short-pile synthetic turf in-filled with red ceramic sand offering the characteristics of a clay court but without the need for scarifying or watering.
A polymeric sports surface comprises a layer of bound rubber laid onto a tarmac base. This surface is used for athletics tracks and multi-use games areas that can accommodate a netball, basketball, mini-soccer, and tennis. Polymeric offers players a good grip under foot, satisfactory ball bounce for tennis, and accommodates spin well.
Our eight court MUGA at Wright Robinson College in Manchester
An Advantage Red Court system by Edel Grass is a low-maintenance alternative to a clay court
Our sand-based synthetic turf courts at Watford Boys Grammar School
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