So you are thinking of building a tennis court? First thing you should consider is how much land do you have. The minimum size for a tennis court is 15 x 30 metres this will give you two metres from the double side line to the fence and three metres from the back line to the fence.

Council approval is usually necessary so you should check with council their requirements as regards set backs and land use ratio.

The court ideally should run north/south although it is not the end of the world if it is necessary to run the court east/west.

Tennis Court Excavation

All grass and topsoil should be removed from the court platform and excavated area compacted to determine if there are any ‘soft spots’ which will need to be dug out and recompacted. The fall on the court needs to be 1%. This is approximately a 300mm fall from one end of the court to the other. The fall can be diagonal, lengthways or a cross fall. It must never be on the same plane.


This can be either concrete, asphalt or compacted road base.

Tennis Court Fence

This needs to be usually 3.6 metres high and for aesthetics the posts are powder coated black and the wire black PVC coated.


Usually 4 lights are required. These sit on 6 metre poles.

Tennis Court Surface Choice

You have a choice of Tru-flex which is a sand filled acrylic emulsion applied with a squeegee or Pacific Grass which is a 19mm polyethylene which is applied to the court much the same as carpet.

You will then require net posts and net.


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