It has been said that life is like a game of tennis. Why? Because the player that serves well seldom loses. No serve can be made, however, without a finished tennis court, and a complete tennis court requires fencing. Without fencing, it would be impossible to contain tennis balls on the court, protect onlookers from flying balls, and prevent pets or children from running into the court.
The best choice for tennis court fencing is chain link fencing. Chain link fencing is the ideal candidate for the job for a host of reasons. Chain link fencing can reach the high height required for a tennis match. It also has the unique ability to be modified to create training areas to further enhance your skills or to provide privacy and shade to your court. Further, chain link fencing is timeless because it is both incredibly durable and affordable and is easy to install. In this blog post, we break down all of the distinctive features that make chain link fencing the best choice for your court, and cover some of the opportunities that it provides for making your court your own. In no time, your court will be ready for tough serves and even tougher matches.
Tennis Court Fence Height
It goes without saying that tennis balls can fly high and far during a vigorous match of tennis. In order to keep the game moving along (and prevent yourself from constantly playing catch), it’s important to install high fencing to prevent balls from flying out of bounds and getting lost. Most tennis courts require 10 to 12 feet of fencing. It is difficult to install other varieties of fencing, including wood, vinyl, or aluminum fencing, at such heights.
Constructing fencing with the proper height is also an important part of being a good neighbor and tennis court owner. High fencing will prevent onlookers from being hurt by flying balls. It will also keep children and pets from running onto the court and getting hurt.
Modularity + Versatility
One thing that makes chain link fencing particularly special is its versatility. There are a number of modifications you can make to chain link fencing to meet your needs, interests, or aesthetics. Because chain link fencing is so versatile, it is also easy to continue to make modifications over time as your tennis practice or conditions change. For example, say you’re just starting to play tennis. You may want to modify your fencing to include backboards in order to practice your swing. As time goes on, you may become more focused on matches, and may modify your fencing to create more space for people to watch you play. By choosing chain link fencing, you open up a host of opportunities for your court.
One of the modifications you can make is to add either privacy slats or netting to prevent balls from becoming lodged in the fence. Both privacy slats and netting also have the advantage of creating more shaded areas on your court. Privacy slats are long pieces of plastic that fit seamlessly into weave of your chain link fence. Privacy slats close holes that tennis balls may become caught in, create shade, and can also create more privacy on the court for tennis players. While privacy slats may not entirely block the court from view, they create a more enclosed feeling and eliminate visual distractions, like onlookers or other tennis matches.
Mesh, on the other hand, is hung on the interior of your chain link fencing and prevents tennis balls from slipping through the holes in the fence. Mesh is easy to install and modify as needs change. It provides less privacy than privacy slats, but still creates a visual barrier between courts and light shading.
Yet another option for expanding the utility of your chain link fencing is to install backboards on the fence. Backboards are solid panels that create a training area for you to practice rebounds and train by yourself or with a partner. Chain link fencing makes it easy to hang backboard panels on fencing and move them around as necessary. With backboards, you can play tennis anytime, even without a tennis partner.
Durability + Affordability
Chain link fencing is one of the most durable types of fencing. It is constructed from heavy-duty steel, and it is very weather resistant and long-lasting. Natural forces have a minimal impact on chain link fencing, because the open links in the fence allow wind, rain, and other elements to move through the fencing, rather than creating a barrier that could be knocked or forced down. Further, chain link fencing is galvanized to prevent rusting, and can last for well over 20 years. It’s long-lasting, low maintenance qualities make it a great choice for a tennis court.
Investing in fencing that will last the years (and remain versatile while doing it!) is a good bet when choosing fencing for your court. Rather than focusing on up-front costs and maintenance, chain link fencing will last for years with little to no effort. Chain link fencing is one of the most affordable types of fencing, and it is extremely easy to install. Most chain link fences can be installed in a matter of hours, making it the perfect finishing touch for a court. Because chain link fencing doesn’t require maintenance or repair, it remains cost-effective throughout its long lifespan.
Time to Play!
Now that you’re familiar with all of the advantages chain link fencing has for fencing tennis courts, it’s time to go ahead and install it. Beitzell Fence Company has been providing high-quality fencing to both residential and commercial customers for over thirty years. We’re ready to begin working with you to install a fence and make your court ready to go for game time!