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There are many facets that go into the proper construction of a tennis court. Tennis court installation is a project that must adhere to strict guidelines and leaves no room for shortcuts.

Considerations such as slope, sub-base, surface material, and fencing are all things your licensed tennis court contractor needs to take into account.

Due to an infinite amount of options and designs, it’s difficult to elaborate on specifics for constructing a tennis court. However, here are a few guidelines to consider.

Determine If You Have Enough Space For a Tennis Court

The outside dimensions of a single, regulation tennis court are 60′ x 120′ with additional space required to facilitate proper drainage and root control.

When installing a tennis court in North Carolina, the property line must be established first to ensure a minimum setback. A setback is a zoning ordinance imposed by local governing officials that regulate how close to a property line you are able to build a structure.

Building a tennis court that violates a zoning ordinance can result in fines or other legal action. You could even be forced to demolish the new court structure to put your property back in compliance.

Before embarking on any tennis court construction in NC, it is imperative to research any zoning laws that could affect your project. The professionals at North State Resurfacing can help from start to finish!

Layout For The Tennis Court

The net line of the tennis court should run parallel with an East to West direction. This will help prevent players from looking directly into the sun. Especially early or late in the day.

Have The Sub-Base Evaluated

We recommend having a Registered Engineer evaluate the conditions below the surface of the ground in the proposed area to determine if the underlying materials are suitable for the construction. The engineer will then provide recommendations for methods of preparing the site for construction.

Grading And Stone Base

This may be one of the most important steps in constructing a tennis court as this will establish the foundation. Care should be taken to remove all organic matter from the site.

Grading Tennis Court Base

This is also the time where proper drainage of the area will be addressed. It is not recommended to “cut corners” during this aspect of the project as a poorly constructed base will produce a poorly constructed tennis court.


A minimum of 2″ asphalt surface should be installed over the stone base. Slightly more expensive, but well worth the investment is to pave in two lifts, with the first lift measuring 1.5″ in depth and the second lift also paved to 1.5″ for a total of 3″ asphalt surface.

Tennis Court Fencing

Vinyl coated, chain link fence is the most popular choice in today’s tennis court enclosures. However, there is a variety of different materials and designs available to suit your needs. Whether you choose chain link, treated lumber or decorative PVC, we have the expertise to help you with designing your custom tennis court fence!

Tennis Court Lighting

A good lighting system for your court can add a little extra luxury to your play area. After all, who wants to quit at sundown? The most efficient light bulbs for a tennis court are 1,000w metal halide bulbs. This is because of the white light glow that it casts and the lengthy life expectancy. 1,000w metal halide bulbs will give around 12,000 hours of efficient lighting.

The quality of your tennis court’s light source is measured in foot candles. Forty plus foot candles without dark zones around your court will give you sub-par lighting. Fifty plus foot candles will give your court adequate lighting. Sixty plus foot candles accommodate a space for a wide range on the court. Seventy plus foot candles are professional grade and tournament level lighting for tennis courts.

Tennis court lights are exceptionally directional, unlike another overhead lighting that you would see on basketball courts and parking lots. Lights on a tennis court place the light exactly where you need it, without much overflow or light spillage into other areas outside the court. Tennis court lights are typically mounted 20 feet above the court surface.

Let’s Get Started Building Your Tennis Court Today!

When searching for a tennis court contractor it is imperative that you find someone who specializes in building tennis courts. Otherwise, your finished product could end up looking more like a painted parking lot than a tennis court.

Constructing tournament-quality tennis courts is a highly specialized field, and North State Resurfacing has an extensive portfolio of getting the job done right since 1990.

Get an Estimate on Tennis Court Construction

Give us a call at 919-365-7500 or submit a form for an estimate. The North State Resurfacing professionals are always happy to provide more information on our processes and services. We are happy to hear from you!