How Much Does a Tennis Court Cost?

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$5,461 - $39,572

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Published January 10, 2022

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Tennis Court Cost

Building a regulation-sized tennis court costs $60,000 on average, with a range of $25,000 to $120,000. A half-sized court might cost as little as $20,000, with most in the $25,000 to $30,000 range. Cost factors include court size and material. Asphalt ranges from $20,000 to $60,000 while post-tensioned concrete falls closer to $100,000. Acrylic surfacing the final step in the building process of hardcourts, costs $3,000 to $8,000, which is wrapped into the project total.

Average Tennis Court Installation Cost

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National Average $22,516
Typical Range $5,461 - $39,572
Low End - High End $3,800 - $259,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 36 HomeAdvisor members.

Cost of Building a Tennis Court by Type

Clay $30,000 - $80,000 Inexpensive but with extremely high maintenance needs
Asphalt $40,000 - $100,000 Inexpensive hardcourt with lower lifespan and higher maintenance needs
Grass $50,000 - $150,000 Expensive installation and requires near daily maintenance
Concrete $60,000 - $120,000 More expensive hardcourt to install but with a longer lifespan and lower maintenance
Turf $75,000 - $100,000 Works and functions like real grass without the high maintenance needs

Asphalt Tennis Court Cost

Asphalt tennis courts cost anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000. Most cost $65,000 on average for regulation size. Asphalt costs about 20% less than post-tensioned concrete, but with a shorter lifespan and higher maintenance costs. Over the life of the court, you’ll end up paying more for asphalt than concrete. Yearly maintenance falls between $1,000 and $2,000.

Post-Tensioned Concrete Tennis Court Cost

Post-tensioned concrete tennis courts cost $60,000 to $120,000 to build. You’ll pay more for a full-sized area for regulation doubles play, while a smaller area for singles or individual play run on the low end. While more expensive than the other types, concrete lasts longer and needs less maintenance than asphalt.

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Clay Tennis Court Cost

Clay tennis courts cost $30,000 to $75,000. Yearly maintenance costs $1,000 to $2,000. You’ll pay slightly less than asphalt with about the same maintenance costs, but you’ll spend more time laying clay. This material doesn’t work well in windy areas since you’ll quickly lose your top layer.

Artificial Grass or Astroturf Tennis Court Price

Artificial grass courts with a sand underlayment cost $75,000 to $100,000. They offer a close-to-grass surface to play on without the hassles of daily maintenance or watering. However, they don’t perfectly simulate grass play.

Grass Tennis Court Construction Cost

Grass tennis courts cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000. It also requires near daily maintenance. However, it’s one of the most sought-after surfaces for playing tennis. Although this may seem like the easiest type to make in your backyard by yourself, it requires precision crafting to get a perfectly level and evenly distributed playing field.

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Tennis Court Construction Cost

Construction costs range from $30,000 to $150,000. That price includes surface preparation, laying a base, installing a surface (acrylic, grass, turf or clay), painting, finishing and net installation. Most court installers recommend upgrading with a high-quality fence and adequate lighting, which costs an additional $10,000 to $30,000. Some installers include a fence as part of the project price.

Some of the most popular upgrades include the following:

  • Fencing costs: $5,000-$15,000

  • Lights for nighttime play: $2,000-$15,000

  • Water fountains cost: $1,000-$4,500

  • Gear storage racks and organizers: $200-$3,000

  • Shoe cleaners: $400-$3,500

  • Backboards and rebound nets for individual practices: $5,000-$10,000

  • Clocks, timers and scorekeepers: $200-$1,500

  • Umpire chairs: $800-$2,500

  • Benches: $200-$2,500

  • Covers: $500-$1,000

  • Tennis bubbles: $6,000-$150,000

  • Acrylic surfacing: $4,000-$10,000

Backyard Tennis Court Fencing Cost

You’ll spend anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for a tennis court fence. For half courts, you might spend $2,000 to $8,000. Most have vinyl-covered chain link at least 8 feet high. Chain link fencing costs $5 to $20 per foot.

Tennis Court Lighting Costs

Sport court lighting costs between $2,000 and $15,000. That includes the lights, wiring and switches, all of which are important for playing at night. Most residential installations fall between $2,000 and $6,000. Commercial courts tend to exceed $10,000. Regulation brightness ranges from 350 to 450 lux but recreational (home) applications only need 250 lux.

Tennis Court Paint Cost

Repainting the lines costs $350 to $600 per court. For initial builds, your total project price includes painting.

Acrylic Tennis Court Surface Cost

Acrylic surfacing costs $4,000 to $10,000. Your pro usually includes this in the initial project fees. It’s the exact same process as resurfacing, but without any of the costly or time-consuming repairs since it happens on a new build.

The final step in most hard-court builds comes in the form of an acrylic sealant surface applied over the top of your asphalt or concrete. This durable surface can include rubberized additives to create a “cushioned” surface. It helps with the durability of your court, grip for players and responsiveness of how the ball bounces. It’s cheaper than resurfacing (which happens later) because you won’t need to repair cracks or low spots.

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Indoor Tennis Court Cost

Building an enclosure around your tennis court costs $20 to $125 per square foot, depending on materials, location and accessibility. It’ll also add several weeks to your project. You can make this a free standing enclosure or attach it to your home to make an in-home court.

Tennis Bubble Cost

Tennis bubbles, an inflatable tent for all-season play, costs anywhere from $6,000 to $150,000. More permanent inflatable air tents or tennis bubbles cost over $100,000.

Tennis Court Resurfacing and Repair

Repairing your tennis court costs $4,000 to $10,000, including resurfacing. You’ll always want to repair any cracks or low spots before resurfacing, which is wrapped into the resurfacing price.

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DIY Tennis Court Construction vs. Hire a Pro

While it’s possible to DIY a tennis court, the scope of the project means it’ll still cost thousands and take weeks to complete. It also takes an expert to get a perfectly level and even surface. The easiest DIY installation type is grass, but you’ll need to maintain it daily. Professionals use laser-leveling techniques to get a perfectly level playing surface. They’ll guarantee their work and finish the job in a fraction of the time it’ll take a DIYer. Hire a tennis court installer to help with your project. They’ll know the best methods and materials to use for your area.


What type of tennis court is the best?

The best type of tennis court varies between players, budgets and locations. For recreational players and homeowners, the most installed type is a hardcourt – asphalt or concrete. But you can choose from turf, grass, clay, asphalt or post-tensioned concrete courts.

Type Lifespan Notes
Grass Indefinite with maintenance Preferred by elite players, but requires almost daily maintenance.
Turf 10 – 20 years An lower-maintenance alternative to grass but also costly.
Clay Indefinite with maintenance Best in naturally humid and windless areas.
Asphalt About 20 years Popular and inexpensive but requires more maintenance.
Post-tensioned concrete About 40 years Popular, lasts up to 40 years, low maintenance, high installation cost.

How do you build a tennis court?

Building a tennis court requires following a few stages:

  1. Land preparation. Grading and clearing the land of trees.

  2. Subbase installation. Digging and laying the subbase of dirt and gravel, which your concrete, asphalt, grass and clay sit on. Setting up forms for concrete.

  3. Court installation. Installing the court material: grass, asphalt, concrete, or clay. Clay and grass also need irrigation systems.

  4. Adding a cushioned surface. For hardcourts (concrete and asphalt), you’ll often see an acrylic topcoat, often with rubberized polymers added for a cushioned effect. Clay and grass do not need this.

  5. Painting. Painting the lines. Sometimes, painting refers to “painting” on the acrylic topcoat.

  6. Fencing and Lighting. Installation of all fencing and outdoor lighting options if available.

Does a tennis court add value to your home?

A tennis court can add anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 to your home’s value.

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