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Four tennis turf questions to ask your contractor

By admin on December 7, 2018

Thinking about getting an artificial grass tennis court installed? From the lighting to the aftercare, here are the questions you should be asking your contractor before work on the project begins.

      1. Is my chosen location appropriate?

The location you choose is important particularly in terms of size and orientation. For tournament play, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) advise that a single court should be 36.57m x 18.29m, which includes run-offs of 6.40m at each end and 3.66 on either side. In terms of orientation, the location should also allow the court to run from North to South to avoid the sun causing disruption to play as it rises and sets.

You will also need to get the ground condition assessed, as the depth of the foundation needed and the extent of the works required will depend on the type of ground you have.

       2. What is the best artificial surface type for me?

There are so many options on the market today it can at times be difficult to decide which is best for you. With this in mind, we’ve outlined the key surfaces, from artificial clay to MUGA, here in our guide. However, your contractor will also be able to advise you as to which will best suit your requirements, depending mainly on the facility type and the intended usage.

       3. What kind of maintenance will my tennis turf require?

An artificial tennis turf is much easier to maintain than natural grass. However, it will still need looking after. Before getting one installed, it is worth asking your contractor what maintenance the court will require and bearing in mind the following considerations:

Equipment

Brushing by hand can be hard work, so it’s worth investing in a power brush to help ensure infill is distributed evenly and the fibres stand upright. Budget should also be set aside for the provision of rubbish bins at any entry points to the pitch and a litter picker so that regular leaf and litter collection can be carried out.

Staffing

Do you plan to look after the court yourself or do you need to employ someone to maintain it properly? If so, make sure this is factored in to the lifetime cost of the surface at the planning stage. It is also advisable to outsource a specialist to come in on a regular basis to carry out procedures such as decompaction and repairs.

       4. What additional amenities should I consider alongside the tennis court?

If possible, adding social areas will generate further revenue. For example, a café or clubhouse will make the facility more appealing to players and will increase the footfall to the facility. Or a smaller addition that will still make a difference is the installation of floodlights. This will mean you are able to open all year round and increase the hours of play.  

For more information, why not take a closer look at our range of artificial grass for tennis courts?

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