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Many sports courts do not require fencing, but tennis courts do. If you do not have fencing around the court, it is hard to control where the balls go during game play. Fencing can also help reduce wind and noise from outside, allowing the players to perform their best. In this guide, we’ll provide some helpful tips to guide you during your tennis court fence planning.
Standard Features of Tennis Court Fencing
Most tennis court fences are 10 feet tall and constructed of chain link fencing. This provides sufficient protection for balls flying in the air. Some fences also have an angled section of fencing along the top to further prevent balls from going out of the court. The fence should have at least one gate to enter and exit through. If there are dividing fences between courts, there may need to be an entrance for each section.
Things to Consider When Designing a Tennis Court Fence
You could set up a generic tennis court fence that just wraps around the court, but that may not be ideal for your situation. Consider these factors during the planning process:
- Wind Control: Most tennis court fences are lighted with fence screens to keep wind out. The screens still allow some air flow so the court does not get too hot, but it keeps the cross wind to a minimum. You could use screens on two sides of the court or all four, depending on how windy it gets in your area.
- Privacy: If you do not want people passing by to watch the tennis players, you will need a thick mesh or potentially a double set of mesh. You could also use fencing around the property to prevent people from walking into the area without a purpose.
- Height: If the ground around the tennis court is raised, you may not need a 10 foot fence. The fencing would need to be ten feet higher than the base of the court. If the ground is 4 feet high, you would only need a 6 foot fence. Your fence installers can discuss those options with you during your consultation.
- Separation for Multiple Courts: If you have multiple tennis courts in the same area, you may want diving fences between them. These could be anywhere from 6 feet to 10 feet tall, depending on your needs. We will discuss that more in the next sections.
- Audience Visibility: If you plan to have an area for audience members to sit outside of the court, make sure that side of the fencing is left uncovered.
Fences for Practice Tennis Courts
When planning a fence for a practice tennis court, consider who will be using the area. If it is mostly amateurs learning how to play tennis, you may want dividers between the courts. These players are more likely to send a ball flying, which may interrupt people on the next court. If your practice court is used mostly by experienced players, you may leave the courts open to one another. This is especially true for school teams because the coach may want access to all the players at once.
Fences for Tournament Tennis Courts
Tournament tennis courts are typically only used for matches. They may also be used for practice from time to time, but they are primarily reserved for big events. The fencing for these courts must accommodate a larger seating area for audiences, with plenty of visibility from the stands. Wind and noise control is important for tournament courts because the players are being rated on their performances. Since these courts tend to be more decorative, you may explore more decorative fencing materials, such as black chain link fencing.
Fences for Private Tennis Courts
If you have a private tennis court on your property, you can design it to suit your needs. It may be in an area where it does not get very windy, so you can eliminate the need for mesh screening. You may want a different material than chain link fencing – something to match the existing fencing on your property. Design a tennis court fence that fits your needs and goals, and you can enjoy it for years to come.
For further assistance planning your tennis court fence or to receive a free fence installation quote, contact All Around Fence at (443) 838-9374.