Following the government’s decision to enter into yet another lockdown, millions of people have been left with no choice but to stay inside and temporarily miss out on the activities they’d normally do to pass the time.
One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners interested in having a tennis court constructed is: how long will the process take? It is undoubtedly an important issue given the implications of having a part of the home or garden be a construction site for a period of time. However, it can be a difficult question to answer because there are a number of factors to consider.
Is a grass court worth it?
For many homeowners it is their dream to own a tennis court – and in a perfect scenario they would have a grass court. Much of this is down to the popularity of the world’s most important tennis tournament, Wimbledon, which is famously played on grass. But while you might love to play on a grass court, there are many other aspects of ownership that aren’t as fun.
If you are interested in the possibility of getting a grass court installed, it’s worth understanding some of challenges associated with this type of surface, as well as some of the alternatives available.
Tennis surfaces: what’s the best playing style?
Sometimes improving at tennis is about more than just practice. It could be the case that the way that you play is right for one type of surface but is not well suited to another. Here we take a look at the different tennis court surface and the styles of play that suited them best.
Traditionally the most popular and theoretically most effective playing style on a grass court (or a synthetic grass court) is the serve-and-volley style. This type of play emphasises powerful serving and fast shots. The player will typically hit their serve and then immediately rush towards the net to attempt to volley a winner before their opponent can get settled. This style can end points very quickly, disrupting opponents’ rhythm.
Singles and doubles court: what’s the difference?
With years of expertise creating beautiful tennis courts for homes, sports centres and schools, Sovereign Sports has plenty of experience not only in building the surface, but also in spraying the markings. Many people enjoy tennis but don’t actually understand the court markings particularly well – specifically they may not understand the difference between a court during a singles or doubles match.
Of course, the vast majority of tennis courts are marked with full doubles. This is the familiar shape of court that you will have seen if you have watched Wimbledon or played on a standard tennis court.
Home tennis courts are growing in popularity. Aside from being a great way to stay in shape, having a tennis court can also improve the value of your home as well as providing a lovely centrepiece for the property. But many homeowners are put off the idea by perceived bureaucratic challenges such as getting planning permission.
However, if you are thinking of having a tennis court installed, it is good to know that having to get planning permission is a rarity. Here we take a look at whether you are likely to need permission to have a court installed.
There are many myths and misconceptions hanging around about tennis courts and how they are constructed. The truth is that many of them have no basis in fact at all. Here we look at three common tennis courts myths and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: You can only have a hard court installed
It is commonly thought that if you want to have a tennis court installed in your property, your only option is to have a hard court surface. While there is no doubt that hard court is the most popular of the tennis surfaces found in the UK, it is possible to have others installed. High quality synthetic courts such as artificial grass and even artificial clay can be easy constructed.
Favourite court surfaces of the most famous tennis players
Tennis courts come in a range of different surfaces from the standard hard court to the rarer grass and clay courts.
Clay is listed as Andy Murray’s favourite surface in his ITF profile. And while this might be the case it can’t be denied that it also the surface that he has seen the least success on. An all-court player, Murray’s game works well on every surface, but given his two wins at Wimbledon as well as his Olympic gold medal, it would be fair to say that his favourite surface is grass!
Tips for avoiding wear on your tennis court
Tennis courts are sturdy and long-lasting but if they are not looked after properly they can wear down just like any other surface. And the truth is that a lot of this wear is avoidable if you take sensible steps. When used correctly and kept in good condition your tennis court surface can last more than a decade without significant wear, but this can be drastically reduced if the court is misused. Here are some tips for avoiding wear on your tennis court.
All tennis courts require some form of maintenance. Some tennis court owners assume that they only really need to put the work in when the weather is poor, however this is not the case. The most popular type of home tennis court is the hard court, made using all-weather macadam and while this is hard-wearing and easy to maintain, it is still vital that you are carrying out basic work on a regular basis through the summer months.