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DIY Tennis Court Project

Updated March 23, 2017

Having one's own tennis court can be a positive experience, as it is readily available for play anytime. Although it may be a large expense, it can save money, as tennis clubs often require membership fees and court time fees. If you are a frequent or professional tennis player, this investment will easily be paid off over a short period of time.

Choose a flat surface for the tennis court. This should be an even surface and should not have an angle or a slant. While an average tennis court is about 36 by 78 feet, the size of the court is a personal preference. Add at least a few extra feet on each side of the court for safety and movement of people around the court.

Decide on the type of surface the tennis court will have. The court can either be asphalt, clay or grass. Choosing the correct type of court may depend on where the court will be located. Although grass courts can be quite beautiful, they require the most maintenance in terms of watering and mowing. On the other hand, clay courts require more maintenance than asphalt courts and can be created in different colours. Clay courts are the most common type of court.

Choose the colour scheme of the tennis court, if a clay court has been decided. The most common coloured courts are red, blue or a faded orange. Selecting two contrasting colours may help define the boundaries of the court, but select colours wisely. Darker colours will absorb more sunlight than light colours and may create build-up in court surface temperature.

Construct the tennis court. Depending on the type of court picked, there will be different tasks. Either way, an outline or a wooden frame should be created. While an asphalt court is rather simple when completed, it can be a daunting and at times, dangerous task. If possible, have someone help who knows about asphalt. Installing a clay court may seem easy, as it simply needs to be laid down. Although clay courts do not require any extensive maintenance during the changing seasons, they do require a drainage system, if the court is located in an area where rain is often an issue. A grass court is the simplest method, as grass simply needs to be planted, watered and maintained until it is long enough for a court.

Use the white tennis court paint to outline the boundaries and individual courts on the tennis court, if it is a clay court. Use regular white paint for grass and asphalt tennis courts.

Install the net posts in the middle of the two longer sides of the court. If the court is asphalt, drill the net base of the posts down using a power drill. If the court is grass, dig holes slim and deep enough to support the net posts. Attach the net to each post by tying the strings at the end of the net into the loop holes on the net posts. Tighten it so it does not hang loosely on the court.

Add any extras that may be preferred on the court, such as a referee chair, benches for the audience or fencing to outline the court.

Things You'll Need

  • Cement, grass or clay for the base of the court
  • 36-foot long net and net posts
  • White tennis court paint or white paint
  • Any additional preferences, such as benches or a referee chair
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About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.