The fence of a tennis court is more than just for show. It serves to block the ball from the inside and protect spectators, property and passers-by. There are several factors you need to consider before constructing the fence for a tennis court. These considerations can heavily affect how people will play in that court.
Fencing your tennis court: 7 things you need to know
If you are considering fencing a tennis court, then you need to know a few things beforehand. Here are 7 things you need to know before enclosing your tennis court.
1. Know who will be using the tennis court.
There are different standards for tennis court fences, depending on use. Commercial tennis courts, for example, have various recommendations in terms of fencing compared to personal courts. Children’s courts also have different recommended sizes.
Deciding on the general use of the tennis court can significantly help in constructing the fence. Make sure you know whether the court will be for domestic use, for official purposes, or commercial purposes.
2. Know the size of the tennis court.
Try to also decide on whether you will be constructing a court for singles or for doubles matches. If you want both, then go for doubles since the court is larger. The standard size for singles matches is 23.77 meters long and 8.23 meters wide. The standard for doubles, on the other hand, is 10.97 meters wide. Children’s courts have a recommended size of 18 meters by 6.4 meters for older children. 11 meters by 5.5 meters is the recommended size for younger children.
Also, leave some extra space beyond the standard sizes given above. Players will often need to chase the ball beyond the lines of the court. Place the fences far enough beyond them so they don’t interfere with the game.
3. Pipe railings or chain links?
Tennis courts have fences that are either made of pipe railings with cables or chain links. Pipe railings with cables provide excellent visibility, while chain links are more secure. Either of them will work quite well. It’s up to your preference which one of the two you want to install.
4. Chain link height
If you choose to go for chain link, have an estimate of the height that you want the chain link fence to be. Many chain link fences for tennis courts measure upwards of 3 meters. Take the overall size of the courts into consideration if you are on a tight budget.
5. Pipe railings and cables
If you go for pipe railings and cables, you need to take their configuration into consideration. You need to think about the ratio between pipe railings and cables. Many tennis court fences follow a 2:3 pipe to cable ratio. Others follow a 1:3 pipe to cable ratio.
6. Fence post estimates
Fence posts are necessary for both chain link fences and pipe railings. The length of the fence post needs to be more than a meter than the height of the fence. This is because these are buried into the ground.
You will also need multiple fence posts. One fence post is necessary for each corner of the court. Multiple line posts will also be needed, spaced evenly along the fence.
7. Fence fittings
Finally, the fence fittings must also be considered. These fittings should be appropriate for the type of fence you get. They should also be facing away from the play area.