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How To Build A Tennis Court

A closer look at the differences between the grand slam surfaces

Worldwide planning applications for tennis courts, spike each year during the Wimbledon tournament. Famous for its pristine grass, this choice of surface is adorned by many considering installing a court at home, but aesthetics is not the only consideration wealthy tennis enthusiasts should make when choosing what surface to play on at home.

Speed Of Play

Grass is the fastest of all court surfaces and consequently favours players who prefer the serve and volley style of play. If you’re tennis game can keep up with the pace, then grass could be for you. In contrast Roland Garros’s clay courts traditionally make for the slowest playing style. However a slower style of play doesn’t make for a more boring game, slower surfaces traditionally allow for longer rallies between players and opportunities to showcase a wider array of technique. And what about the hard court surfaces, such as plyometric and macadam? Well, they’re slower than grass and faster than clay and both can be layered with materials to adjust the pace of play on court. For this reason professional players consider hard-courts to be the fairest way of comparing different player’s all-round abilities with the racket.

Resilience To Weather 

Whilst three out of the four grand slam arenas in the world have specially designed roofs to prevent rain disrupting play, few home tennis courts are constructed indoors. This means property owners should consider the weather, when selecting their tennis court surface. Both clay and grass can easily become waterlogged and take a fair amount of time to dry before play can resume, without a ready team of ball boys and girls on hand. Hard court surfaces are porous enough to get you back on court quickly.

Court Maintenance

The pristine grass of SW19 is trimmed to 8mm in length, looking after a grass court means maintaining a living ecosystem. The continuous maintenance of grass courts is a key consideration when choosing this surface, in contrast plyometric and macadam hard-court surfaces are far easier to manage and probably why they are the preferred choice for many tennis enthused property owners.


Janine Stone has over a quarter of a century of experience managing full design and build activities on prime residential projects. Working with our clients and specialist tennis court contractors, we have created exceptional homes that reflect our clients’ passions and lifestyles. Contact our team to discuss with us your latest project.