Surfaces for Tennis Courts

Here at Sovereign Sports, we have many years’ experience of constructing tennis courts in many different surfaces, depending on each of our clients’ individual requirements.

Whether you’re looking to have a brand-new tennis court constructed, or if you’d like to have your existing court resurfaced, please get in touch with us today so we can talk through your requirements.

Types of Surfaces

Click on each type of surface below to find out more information:

Tennis court surfaces

All Weather Hard Tennis Courts

Open-textured porous macadam is by far the most popular tennis surface, having been installed in private homes, schools, clubs and public parks throughout the UK. This surface is hard and flat, meaning that the path of the ball is fairly predictable and its speed is somewhere between medium and fast. Because of this, the surface is a great option for all standards of play. Plus, it requires very little maintenance, so it’s the ideal choice for both tennis and in multi-use game areas.

Furthermore, there is also the all-weather porous open graded macadam to consider, which has been specifically designed for tennis. This type of surface is laid on a dynamic stone base, which can then either be coloured black or spray painted with a coloured acrylic finish.

Tennis court and multi-court surfaces

You also have the option of double layer macadam, which comprises a base course macadam and a slightly larger aggregate in the macadam itself. This composition provides a solid base for the top layer macadam to be added to by our highly-skilled installation team.

Where possible, we recommend avoiding having any trees, foliage or hedges within close proximity to the court area. This is because bird droppings and leaves can significantly reduce the macadam surface’s durability. Open textured porous macadam avoids some of these issues, and is free draining to quickly clear rainwater. For this surface, we will normally apply the acrylic paint coating approximately 3 weeks after the macadam has been laid, to give it sufficient time to cure.

Grey Green Surface

Our Grey Green surface is a semi-loose type of tennis court. We construct it using several coatings of bitumen emulsion and stone, getting finer towards the top of the surface. This gives it a light grey/green appearance, which becomes darker when wettened.

The surface is very easy on joints since the layering of bitumen and stone give it a certain springiness. Unlike the macadam surface, it doesn’t provide such an intense grip underfoot, meaning less of a strain is put on the feet, ankle and knee joints.

We mainly recommend this kind of surface for private use, and in locations where play will not be as intense as in clubs or schools. It is very easy to maintain and highly durable, lasting somewhere between 10 and 15 years. To fit it, we estimate that it will take somewhere between 3 and 5 weeks.

Synthetic Grass Surfaces

Multi court playing

We install a wide range of synthetic surfaces which we source directly from Playrite Ltd – the world leaders sporting artificial grass manufacture. We supply various styles of carpet, ranging in terms of pile height, texture, construction material, and in-fills. Certain synthetic grasses, for example, use silica sand in-fill, whereas others use rubber crumb and a combination of both. The choice very much depends on the sport being played.

There is a huge range of surfaces available on the market today, each of which we can supply. Below you will find a selection of some of our most popular synthetic surfaces, along with details of the construction style/materials, infill and play characteristics. If, however, you have a particular style in mind which isn’t on our website, please contact us to see if we supply it or visit our dedicated synthetic courts page.

Artificial Grass for Tennis Courts

Winner 15 – ITF Category 4 Medium to Fast

This is a 15mm tufted, sand filled, polypropylene yarn, ITF Standard Tennis Surface. Whether you are looking for either a beginner or professional level court, this surface provides great grip, comfort, and a degree of spin. It is the ideal choice for an outdoor tennis surface you want to use all-year round.

Synthetic Clay (This type of surface looks remarkably like natural clay)

Sussex tennis court surfaces

A short pile sand filled surface, this surface has been designed to replicate a clay court in both appearance and playing characteristics.

This all-weather synthetic clay court provides a medium to slow pace of play, with a surface speed, and ball bounce similar to that of traditional clay. We provide the surface with its lines inlaid, meaning it requires much less maintenance than natural clay. It is also playable in all types of weather, and is suitable for all levels – including tournament level play.

Please see our dedicated artificial clay court page for further information.


Matchplay 2 Synthetic – ITF Category 2 Medium to Slow

Tennis and multi surfaces

The Matchplay 2 is an excellent multi-sport surface, offering a much more natural feel when compared to other artificial products. Being sand dressed, the surface’s performance characteristics are clear from day one and play can commence almost immediately after its been laid.

An ideal choice for multi-use games areas, the Matchplay 2 offers high performance and durability across a wide range of sports – netball and tennis in particular. This is because it incorporates a built-in cushion layer, making it perfect for medium-paced play.

The surface also has a high level of porosity, is easy to maintain and can be used in all types of weather conditions. This, in return, maximises playing time.

Conqueror – 3rd Generation

Football court pitch

Meets FIH, FIFA 1 Star equivalent, IATS performance standard and EN15330 Part 1.

This 3G outdoor sports surface is filled with sand and rubber, making it suitable for sports like hockey and football. The surfaces look like grass and offers similar playing characteristics; for instance, the rubber infill provides extra grip for studded boots, as well as extra shock absorption.

Plus, it incorporates a shock pad absorbing underlay, offering extra comfort and an improved playing performance. Please take a look at our dedicated MUGA page for further information.

We offer tennis court services across the UK. From East and West Sussex to Hertfordshire, and Essex, we have constructed tennis courts in major towns and cities across the South East of England, including LondonBrightonTunbridge Wells, and Canterbury – to name just a few.



    Tennis court fencingOur company provides two systems as standard, tubular or angle iron powder coated in either green or black, installed around the perimeter of the court to a height of a 2.75m (9ft). There is a vast array of fencing systems on the market today, so if you have something in mind please don’t hesitate to contact us.



    Surface CleaningAll surfaces need regular maintenance to retain good condition, whether it is porous macadam, synthetic clay, synthetic grass.
    Every surface should be swept clean and all leaves, pine needles, detritus and rubbish should be removed on a weekly basis



    floodlights tennis courtSovereign Sports are able to offer 2 types of lighting system, Static or Retractable. Our retractable system is aimed more at the private client, being less obtrusive than the full size static option. The static system we offer complies with SAPCA and LTA recommendations and is the preferred choice for clubs and schools.


    Associated Work

    Perimeter pavingAlong with our main concern, being the construction of tennis courts and sports surfaces. We also carry out a wide range of associated works and optional extras which include double edge perimeters, personalised fencing posts, practice walls, retaining walls, paths, patio areas, steps and landscaping to the surround of the court.