Many of us on the Taylor Fencing team are big fans of tennis. We love the cardiovascular activity, we love the stress release when you make a really good shot and in general, we love how accessible it is.
For those unfamiliar, here is a high-level look at the different rules:
- A ball has to land within bounds (the line around the court) for any sort of play to carry on; if a player hits the ball outside of bounds, this results in the loss of the point for them (and let us tell you, some players are not very happy about this).
- Anyone participating is not allowed to touch the net or the posts. They also can’t cross onto the opponent’s side, both for the purpose of the rules, but also in the sense of sportsmanship.
- No carrying the ball (like the fun drills where you see players bounce a ball to hold on to it) or catch it with the racquet. Not allowed.
- You get one hit if the ball comes your way. No player can hit the ball twice, that’s considered a fault.
- Similar to the rule above about not intruding on your opponent’s territory, you cannot use your racquet to reach over the net in order to return a prolific shot. Honestly, if you’re able to do this, the Taylor Fencing team is impressed. Tennis is a game of running and we’re guessing that when it comes to a shot like that, you’re coming from the farthest corner of the court.
- We’re not letting you hit the ball twice, so we’re also not letting you allow it to bounce twice before returning it to your opponents. One bounce, no hit, you lose a point.
- Penalties are properly observed in tennis. Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of upsets – be it physical or emotional. The blanket statement here is that if the racquet leaves the hand of any player or team, or any sort of verbal abuse takes place (broad spectrum here – respect is incredibly important in all sports and observed well in tennis), then you’re looking at any level of penalty given by the referee at the match or tournament.
- Finally, a couple of specifics that are good to know, especially if you’re a newer tennis player (and maybe future expert!) Never worry if your ball bounces on the line of boundary (and there are a few of those). If it bounces on the line, you are good to go.
- Similarly, any serve by an individual or team has to bounce at least one time before someone on the opposing team can return it.
Feel up to date? Inspired to start playing tennis on a regular basis. We totally get it. In the meantime, we know that you stopped by the Taylor Fencing blog because you not only care about the premium fences and gates that we offer to line and protect the perimeter of your property… we’re on to you. We know, that you know, that if you stop by the Taylor Fencing blog, you’re going to learn so much more.
Tennis courts construction really isn’t the farthest reach. We get contacted all of the time about the best sorts of fences and gates to help ensure that your errant tennis balls don’t go any farther than they need to. A) So, you don’t have to go running after them and perhaps more importantly, B) you’re not having to explain to the neighbours about why and how you may have broken their window, etc. Don’t worry, Taylor Fencing has your back and will ensure that doesn’t happen.
So, how do you construct the best tennis court ever?
We know it’s a bold statement, but the Taylor Fencing team will always stand behind not only our work, but our ability to share our passion on the blog. Here are our tips on this particular topic:
The first big question… are you embarking on building a residential tennis court? As you can imagine, they come with many more regulations and rules than commercial tennis courts, which you can readily join as a family, individual or team ready to play. We’re going to treat today’s post as if every reader is ready to embark on building a residential tennis court. Here we go:
- Sigh on the first one and we get it – but it is necessary. You’re going to want to check if your property is properly zoned to allow you to build. Next up, and this doesn’t apply to all – HOA (Home Owners Association) rules. Runoff and erosion can be the reason that you get an initial no, but don’t fear – look into things like grass tennis courts and doublecheck fencing and lighting.
- Time to measure! You need to know exactly where your property line ends, so that there are no uncomfortable conversations with your neighbours. You may want to simulate how much room you actually need to play, just make sure you include a little bit of space surrounding for both elevation and drainage.
- We mentioned grass tennis courts above, but if all things are cleared, you have a lot more options. Some require significantly more maintenance, and of course cost is a factor. Not much time to maintain? We recommend hard courts. Questions? Reach out to us; we can either answer or point you in the right direction.
- Oh… that whole tennis net thing. They’re actually installed in multiple parts – ground sleeves, net posts, posts. Someone smart figured out around the process that the posts and nets can be removed and stored should three be inclement weather. Portable tennis net systems are an alternative and frequently more space and budget friendly.
- Finally, let’s look at lighting and tennis courts fencing (our personal favourite). They do need to be fenced if they’re on residential properties and the Taylor Fencing team can discuss what makes sense for your property. (We tend to like chain-link fences or mesh fences). Lighting-wise – just make sure you have it and that it’s properly spaced around the court.