What do you need for a home tennis court?

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Many homeowners would love to have their own tennis court but believe – for one reason or another – that it’s not possible for them. The truth is that getting a tennis court constructed is easier than it ever has been, and there’s no an awful lot that a home needs to make the build possible. Here we look at what you will need to have in order to build your court.

The space

Perhaps the only thing that you really need to have a tennis court constructed at your home is enough physical space for the court itself. The recommendation from the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) is that a court should be 114 feet in length and 56 feet in width, but in practice the majority of home courts are smaller than this.

There is nothing wrong with a space of around 110 feet long and 54 wide for your tennis court. If you are worried that you might not have enough space, speak to an experienced tennis court builder about whether you can have something constructed.

Flat ground

You might assume that apart from simply having the space available for a tennis court, it’s also essential for that space to be fairly flat. While it is certainly the case that it is preferable to have a completely flat surface it should be noted that you can have levelling work carried out to provide you with an ideal surface. This will inevitably add to the cost of the court, but it means that it may be possible for you to have a court constructed even with a fairly hilly or uneven garden.

Planning permission

At Sovereign Sports we are often asked whether planning permission is required for a home tennis court. The fact is that in most situations there is no need to get planning permission from your local council. Typically you only need to get permission if there is a change of use needed on the land – for example, if you are building on a field behind your property. You may also need to get permission for items such as floodlights.

Three things you didn’t know about home tennis courts

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If you would like to have a tennis court constructed at your home there might be a few worries or doubts that are putting you off. Here we look at three things that many people don’t realise about home tennis court construction.

You can have a clay court!

You might believe that the only option for having a home court built in the UK is a hard court, but this isn’t true at all. Amazingly, it is even possible for you to have a synthetic clay court created at your home. Artificial clay is actually a carpet surface that mimics the playing characteristics of real clay.

It can be easily and cost-effectively installed at your home for the experience of playing on clay at home.

Dimensions can be created to suit you

Some people assume that they don’t have the space in their garden to fit a tennis court. But it should be noted that you can have the dimensions of your court reduced to fit your garden if necessary. If you are interested in having a court construction but are worried that you don’t have enough room, you should talk to experienced court builders for a second opinion.

You probably don’t need planning permission

One thing that can put homeowners off the idea of getting a home tennis court installed is the thought of having to go through the process of gaining planning permission. So you might be surprised to learn that in most cases it is not necessary to get planning permission for your tennis court at all.

Typically the only time that you would need planning permission is if the land requires a change of use. It is also worth noting that if you want to have floodlights installed, these may need permission.

Does a tennis court improve the value of your home


Many people would love to have their own private tennis court at their home – it is both a symbol of luxury and a fantastic feature piece. Having a court constructed is cheaper than ever before and while the outlay is undoubtedly high, there can be no doubt that the court adds value to your home. In this sense it can be seen as an investment in your property.
But while a great tennis court adds significant value to your home, it is still important that you should follow certain rules to ensure you are getting as much out of your court as possible. Here are three key factors to ensure your court adds value to your home.

1 – Have it built by tennis court experts

The first thing to say is that it is unwise to try to save money by having your court built on the cheap. A tennis court is a huge purchase and having one constructed at your home is a huge job – you need to entrust it to local professionals who hold extensive experience in creating high quality courts. Having low quality court construction will only serve to see your court wear down or crack quickly, and you would then have to invest in expensive repairs.

2 – Maintain the court

It is also absolutely vital that you should maintain your court properly. It is no good investing in an expensive tennis court if you then let it fall into disrepair. Your tennis court builder will be able to provide you with all the information you need on maintenance, but it will always consist of regular sweeping and cleaning, as well as occasional respraying and rejuvenating of the surface.

3 – Invest in features

Remember that part of what makes your court valuable are the usability features. It is important that you should not only have a quality court built but also have features such as comprehensive fencing and floodlighting to make it as usable as possible.