How To Build A Professional Tennis Court In Your Backyard

If you are an avid tennis enthusiast, you probably would love to know how to build a professional tennis court in your backyard. Just think about the advantages to owning and building your very own professional tennis court. You could play at any time of the day; this type of availability will help you to greatly improve your game. Also, imagine inviting your friends over to play a couple of sets; talk about home court advantage!

To build a professional tennis court in your backyard, you will need.

  • A shovel
  • A rake
  • A tiller
  • Grass seed or sod
  • Measuring tape
  • A steam roller
  • Paint
  1. When you build a professional tennis court in your backyard, you will first need to determine if you have the appropriate space. A professional tennis court should be 78 feet long and 36 feet wide. Also, most courts have additional space on all sides. This allows for players to freely move and run. With this in mind, the total available playing area should be around 60 feet wide and 120 feet long.
  2. You will need to decide on what type of playing surface you will install. Clay and hard surfaces are two options available; however, if you are looking for a surface that is easy to install and maintain, consider using a grass surface.
  3. To install a grass surface on your professional tennis court, you will need to remove the top layer of grass and soil. Using a rake, begin removing the soil, as well as any other obstructions, such as rocks and roots. Keep in mind that your surface will not have to be completely level. Many professional tennis courts have a slight grade of a few inches.
  4. As you continue to build your professional tennis court in your backyard, you will want to prepare the soil for a layer of sod or grass seed. Take the time to till the soil, making sure that it is overturned many times. Next, use the steam roller to pack down the dirt. A tightly packed bed of soil just beneath the playing surface is what gives a grass court its signature bounce.
  5. Next, begin laying down the sod or the grass seed.  Water the area on a regular basis, and make sure that the grass is well rooted before continuing.
  6. You will now need to begin measuring out your professional tennis court. Measure an area that is 78 feet long and 36 feet wide; this will be your actual playing surface. Make sure that the additional space around the sides of the court is equidistant. Your net will be stationed at the half way point between two sides. Also make sure to mark off the center line and the doubles and singles line.
  7. Using the spray paint, begin marking off the court as well as the different playing lines. The center line should lay vertically, right down the center of your tennis court, with eighteen feet on both sides. On either side of the net, services line should be placed 21 feet away from the net. The doubles lines will run vertically on both sides of the tennis court, 4.5 feet away from the edge.
  8. The last step, and probably the easiest, is to install the tennis net.  After making sure it is set securely into the ground, grab your racket and get ready to play.
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