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Tennis Court & Pickleball Court Construction

Based in St. Louis, Byrne & Jones Sports has the capability  to design, build & maintain your tennis and pickleball courts. Our services include:

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Our Approach to Court Construction

Typically tennis courts & pickleball courts are constructed out of asphalt or post tension concrete. Each surface has its plusses and minuses. Regardless of the construction material selected for your new courts, there are other important factors to take into consideration like its location, type of soil and drainage options. Most important though, are the design, construction techniques and experience of the contractor. Give us a call at (314) 254-9766 to learn more.

Asphalt Playing Surface

Asphalt has been the industry standard for decades. If properly designed, constructed, and maintained they should last anywhere from 12-18 years. A lot of tennis court owners prefer asphalt over post-tension concrete because it’s a softer surface and typically cost less to construct.

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Concrete Playing Surface

Post-tension concrete courts are gaining in popularity throughout the United States. The main reason is that they are less susceptible to cracking than asphalt courts. Post-tension involves encasing cables in both directions in concrete, then stressing and locking the cables in compression once the concrete has the proper compressive strength.

When constructing a tennis court, Byrne & Jones Sports Construction takes the entire site into consideration. From orientation, soil stability, and drainage to landscaping design and fencing – we look at the total picture to make a recommendation that makes the most sense for your particular needs. We use state-of-the-art laser guided equipment to ensure perfect playing surface conditions, drainage, and longevity for years to come. Give us a call at (314) 254-9766 to learn more about concrete tennis & pickleball court construction.

What are the dimensions of a tennis court? 

The court is 78 feet long. Its width is 27 feet for singles matches and 36 feet for doubles matches. The service line is 21 feet from the net. Additional safety space around the court is needed in order for players to reach overrun balls for a total of 60 feet wide and 120 feet long. A net is stretched across the full width of the court, parallel with the baselines, dividing it into two equal ends. The net is 3 feet 6 inches high at the posts, and 3 feet high in the center. The net posts are 3 feet outside the doubles court on each side or, for a singles net, 3 feet outside the singles court on each side.

Based on the standard rules of tennis, the size of the court is measured to the outside of the respective baselines and sidelines.

What are the dimensions of a pickleball court?

    • The court shall be a rectangle 20 feet wide (6.10 m) and 44 feet long (13.41 m) for both singles and doubles matches.
    • A total playing area 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28 m) is the minimum size that is recommended. A preferred 10-foot (3.05-m) surrounding margin measures 40 feet (12.19 m) by 64 feet (19.51 m).
    • Court measurements shall be made to the outside of the perimeter and non-volley zone lines. All lines should be 2 inches (5.08 cm) wide and the same color, clearly contrasting with the color of the playing surface.

What are the different types of playing surfaces?

Tennis is played on a variety of surfaces and each surface has its own characteristics which affect the playing style of the game. There are four main types of courts depending on the materials used for the court surface:

  • Clay Courts
  • Grass Courts
  • Hard Courts
  • Carpet Courts

How much does it cost to build a tennis court?

Depending on the site, and options (fence, lighting, retaining walls, water runoff management, permits, local requirements) the basic asphalt court starts at about $50,000. A post-tensioned court is about double the price of asphalt. 

What is the difference between asphalt & concrete playing surfaces?

Asphalt courts are faster to construct, lower initial cost, and need more frequent maintenance. Concrete courts are more durable, low maintenance, and crack resistant. The biggest drawback to asphalt courts is that they crack (so may concrete). The difference is the concrete cracks don’t grow as wind as asphalt cracks. Asphalt can crack as wide a 2 to 4 inches. Post-tension will not allow the crack to widen, by keeping it compressed.  

What is the difference between post-tensioned & reinforced concrete courts?

Post-tensioned concrete is reinforced with a grid of high-strength sheathed steel tendons, or cables. While the concrete is curing, the cables are tensioned in both directions and held permanently under stress by anchoring them in a perimeter beam. This squeezing action keeps the concrete in compression, improving its tensile (or bending) strength. The more the concrete is squeezed together, the less likely it is that shrinkage cracks will develop or open.  

Another benefit of post-tensioning is that contractors can build larger slab using thinner concrete sections, and they do not have to install control joints which can interfere with play. Rebar reinforced concrete courts need control joints, usually at a spacing of 10 to 15 feet, including in the playing area. Overtime these joints will widen and other cracking will occur.  

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