How Much Does it Cost to Build a Tennis Court?

As a lover of sports particularly tennis, constantly harboring the dream of having a nice lush tennis court at the back of your home is a cool one. Owning an average tennis court in your home allows you to participate in a splendid tennis match anytime you want. A  brilliant design of the court could even render your court more flexible to other sports, allowing for different sports by your family members. 

The common question here however is how much does it cost to get an average-sized court at the back of your home. Well…, on the general side, building an average tennis court can range from spending about 20000 to about a 100000 dollars with respect to the standard you want for the tennis court and other different conditions your site would require in the building. For instance, if your site is hilly or a rocky one, you would definitely spend much more than having an already leveled land. Resurfacing might however not cost as much as actually building the court. Resurfacing for a tennis court can range from 5000 to about 20000 dollars. 

For an overall intuitive design of your court, it is wise to take the important factors into consideration when building a tennis court. Factors such as the court type, site preparation, and amenities are important factors that should be taken into consideration. 

Court Type

It is wise to consider which court type is suitable for your area and how much you have for each type. For instance, going for a grass court will cost less than the clay type which would require large bulk of other major material such as acrylic and concrete. Also, the single court type is definitely the best fit for most home use. In fact, singles could also require a lot of space of as much as 7200 sq feet for a full tennis experience when playing the game. 


Site Preparation

The preparation of your site can be very expensive if your site needs comprehensive preparation. It is a must therefore that your contractor takes a thorough examination of your site condition to know the necessary processes in making your site leveled up for the tennis court. For instance, if your site is too rocky, swampy, or has got a lot of trees or any other taxing problem, then you will require more cash to cover the resources for leveling up your site as well as the cash to cover labor costs. Because more problems mean more resource cost as well as labor costs. 


Amenities are also a significant aspect of the capital you would spend on the total costs of building a tennis court. Even though they may appear optional, they are also as important. This is because to a large extent, they enhance the accessibility and convenience options to play inside different weather conditions and at any time of the day. A few of such amenities would include: 

The lighting 

This is necessary when you also wish to have your games at night. The costs should not be more than three hundred dollars. A sum of the lighting expense with labor costs could be around five hundred dollars or less. 


A fence is an important part of the amenities you should have around your tennis court. It would prevent unwanted guests (such as hefty animals or vehicles) from entering your court. Depending on the fencing material you select (such as wood, metal, or vinyl) The approximate costs of fencing should be around ten thousand dollars. 


In addition to the ready-made court, the purpose of landscaping is to increase the whole beauty of the tennis court. As such, materials such as flowers and some fine sand can be added to bestow a more natural look on the court. 

Wind Screen 

Getting a windscreen could be also necessary for your tennis court. They help prevent strong air from gameplay distribution. They also add to the total security of the court. Depending on how large the fence is the total costs could go from a hundred to about four hundred dollars. 

There are other important amenities such as the scoring equipment, the shade, and the backboards. 


Tennis Court Types

Your pocket size does and your site condition does the talking when it comes to choosing a court type for your tennis games. 


If what you desire at the back of your home is a clay court, then you should be well prepared for larger expenses that a clay court requires. This is because a clay court is one of the most expensive in terms of its construction and maintenance. Clay might be very expensive but worth every penny it costs in the end. 


Milder injuries occur since it has a softer surface. 

Longer intervals between maintenance since cracks are not often. 

Slower but higher bounce is common here. 

Smooth surface lets players slide to reach the ball quickly. 


The cost of maintenance is very high. 

Water balance of soil should be as precise

The gameplay is slower than on other courts. 

It is easy to get stained or dirtied.



The conditions here are almost in the entire contradiction to that of the clay court. It is widely available and affordable in the market. In fact, the grass-court is the most affordable of different courts existing. The grass type is also the most used by many players including the professionals.


It is very affordable and easy to get. 

It is very perfect for servicing. 

There is much activeness here since it is easy to run around. 

The ball bounces high and fast here. 


Maintenance is more frequent here since there is a need for constant watering and mowing of the grass. 

Sliding to get balls is not advisable here since there can be injuries here. 


This court type is very affordable and also easy to maintain. The gameplay is also as seamless and as smooth here. 


The build-up lasts very long here. 

Maintenance costs are also very low here

The rich surface makes good high ball bounce here. 


Cracks are developed after some time which starts to affect gameplay as well as longevity. 

It is still fairly expensive to construct. 


This court type is very durable and lasts very much longer than the others. With the right maintenance, an asphalt court can go on up to 20 years without any issues. 


It is easier to set up and construct. 

It is designed with a strong asphalt coating to increase its longevity. 

Ball bounce is as high as the concrete 


It declines faster during humid weather. 

Another expensive type of tennis court is the acrylic type. It is in fact the most expensive type of tennis court existing. The downsides of this one are definitely its cost. However, it is worth every penny since it doesn’t crack, unlike the concrete and asphalt type. After construction, the cost of maintenance is also very low when compared to others. 


Construction of the Tennis Court

Again the cost of building a tennis court is definitely influenced by the location of the site that will be used and its soil surface. A lot of the expenses would be spent on labor costs. From the land clearing, excavation, and leveling, a lot of manpower is needed. And these three steps are very important in the building of a tennis court even if the site was a former wrecked sports area, it is very important to clear and level the land. 

Again it is usually most beneficial to go for the grass-court since it has many benefits plus and it is a bit easy to construct. The site has to be cleared thoroughly then excavation of the land can be done. Drainage lines are installed and laid during the preparation of the foundation. Additional soil can be added before seeding or sodding the soil. Extra carefulness may be needed during the sodding to make sure the land stays as flat after construction. This process is also almost similar to the clay type, only that the clay surface is used instead of the grass. 

As for other court types such as the concrete and the asphalt, some other materials such as steel frames and cables would be needed to hold and support the asphalt or concrete that will be poured. 

Resurfacing of a tennis court (especially the hard-surfaced courts) would eventually be necessary after some time since there is bound to be color fading and cracks on the surface which lead to ugly uneven areas over time. Also, serious injuries may start to occur after some time so resurfacing would be very necessary. Resurfacing can be done by refilling the holes and cracks then applying some acrylic and painting over it for an even smoothness. The cost for this could be as high as 10000 dollars especially if the damage is much and the court is a large one. 

With this, guide, If your pockets are mature enough you can definitely get a tennis court up within two months all you need to meet up with a professional constructor to brief you on the specifics needed in getting a tennis court up. 


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