If you love tennis, you probably want the ability to play on your own property. Tennis court builders can ensure you have the perfect space to volley around the ball, but if you want to protect your body, you may want to keep the following tips in mind.
1. Choose Clay
Traditionally, tennis courts can be clay, grass, or concrete. If safety is your main objective, you may want to choose a clay court. Grass can get wet and slippery, and it also takes a fair amount of work to maintain. Concrete is incredibly hard if you slip and fall. In contrast, clay isn't as prone to slipperiness as grass, and at the same time, it's a lot softer for falls than concrete.
2. Insist on an Underlayment
That said, you can improve the safety factor of your clay tennis court if you put in a good underlayment. Ideally, you want to hire a tennis court builder who can clear the area and put in a base layer of dirt covered with gravel. Then, the clay court should be put over the gravel.
If you put the clay directly onto the ground, it won't be as yielding in a fall. As an added safety bonus, the gravel also helps with drainage, and as a result, you aren't as likely to get puddles on your tennis court.
3. Make Sure You Have Ample Space
Do you love to dive for balls? Do you or your partners tend to hit hard shots that get close to the line? If so, then you need lots of space. You don't just want a tennis court that is large enough for the game itself. You also need to ensure that you have an ample perimeter around the tennis court so that if you dive for a ball, you don't run into the fence or ground surrounding the playing area. Instead, you want to be safely within the bounds of your clay court.
4. Put in Lights
Ideally, your tennis court builder should also be able to offer you additional features and accessories with your court. In particular, you may want to ask for lights. Then, you can safely play tennis at all times of the day or night without worrying about visibility.
5. Consider Storage
Finally, you may also want to add storage areas around your tennis court. Then, you always have access to your tennis supplies, but you can also keep first aid kits and other safety essentials in the area.