Building a first class tennis court

The eight stages of tennis court construction

Building a tennis court that will play well and last for many years calls for a rigorous proven approach to construction and the use of the best materials in sufficient quantities. The process of construction under the surface of the court is critically important to the court's quality and life. We build to specifications that exceed the minimum standards laid down for the tennis court construction industry. Detailed below is an example of the process that is undertaken in the construction of an average sports surface.

Our specialist team, using laser-controlled machines, excavate the site to leave a surface with a fall in one direction.

If necessary, a perforated plastic pipe is laid in stone to the perimeter to catch water coming from above and extract water from court base. A geo-textile weed barrier is laid on the excavated base

Pressed concrete or attractive brick edgings are laid to the perimeter on concrete with stone under, to allow water out to the drain

40 - 20mm of selected hard stone is rolled to a minimum consolidated depth of 150mm.

To clay sites, a capping layer of gritty stone is laid to a depth of 100mm to stop the clay shrinking and moving.

A galvanised trapdoor lid and net post sockets are set in concrete.

Holes are drilled in the ground and the fence posts are concreted all the way down. The edgings are then haunched all the way around so that the fence foundation acts as a pile foundation for the edge too.


Some 32 mm of open-textured play course is laid by our unique powered straight-edges and rolled to a fine finish.

An acrylic or polyurethane finish is applied on top of the macadam for Pladek, or carpets laid on top for Savanna, Sporturf or Omniclay.


About En Tout Cas

Cotswold Tennis Courts is an En Tout Cas company. En Tout Cas has built tennis courts throughout the UK and the rest of the world for many years. Its name is a byword for quality and reliability.  We offer the full range of leading-edge sports surfaces from En Tout Cas. See more here…