WM Loud Reference Sections


What are the dimensions of a tennis court?

A tennis court has playing dimensions of 78ft x 36ft or 23.8m x 11m. 

The minimum acceptable dimensions of a court is 33.5m x 16.5m. 

Smaller courts are able to be built, however William Loud suggests going to a club and marking out the dimensions of the smaller court and trying to play a game within these dimensions.

Should I choose an acrylic court or a synthetic grass court? 

This depends on several factors.  Wm Loud suggest you consider the following before making your decision: 

What are you planning to use your court for? If it is for tennis as well as giving the kids some space to ride their bikes on, then you might want to consider an acrylic surface which is much tougher and more durable.

Are you a competitive tennis player? If you are seeking to really work on your game, then an acrylic surface might the best solution. 

Is it for an aesthetic area where you might also like to entertain? If this is the case, a synthetic grass court might be more suitable.

It is well worth mentioning that an acrylic surface is much easier to maintain overall. 

Is my tennis court maintenance free?

No, nothing is maintenance free.

An acrylic court needs pressure washing once a year

If there are trees surrounding the court, then the court should be regularly inspected for potential root damage.

Synthetic grass courts need to be rejuvenated on a regular basis.

All courts need bird and bat droppings removed as soon as possible. 

Courts should always be kept clean.

What is the expected life of a synthetic grass court?

Generally a synthetic grass court will last approximately 10-12 years and will need to be replaced in full once worn out. Disposal costs can be quite high for this type of material.


Our netball/tennis court is slippery in the wet.  What should we do?

All courts will be more slippery when wet. New courts can be slippery due to their wearing in process.  This wearing in process can be hastened with a high-pressure wash.

All players should be encouraged to wear appropriate footwear for the weather conditions.  In wet weather this means soft rubber soled shoes, preferably with a herringbone sole pattern similar to Dunlop Volleys.

What are the dimensions of a netball court?

Netball courts have a 30.5m x 15.25m playing area. 

The net is 3.05m high. 

What is the minimum distance between netball courts?

The International Netball Federation standards call for a minimum run off of 3.05m where there is no adjoining court. When there is an adjoining court, the minimum distance between courts should be 3.66m. 

When can you surface an acrylic netball/tennis court?

Acrylic surfacing in the southern states of Australia can only generally be undertaken between the months of September and April.  However other factors such as shading of the court and prevailing climatic conditions may affect this. Surfacing during colder periods will lead to premature wearing of the court surface.

How long before I need to resurface my court?

Generally in a club situation a surface life of 7-10 years would be expected.  On a private court, the expected life of the surface would be approximately 10 years, depending on usage. 


What is the difference between EPDM and Pre-Coloured Rubber?

EPDM is a manufactured material that is solidly coloured.  No wearing of the colour will occur with this material and it is far more durable. 

Pre-coloured rubber is made of recycled car tyres that have been coloured using a factory process to create a surface colour. Over time this colour will wear.

What is fall height?

The “free height of fall” is the distance a child could fall from the equipment to the ground. 

Current laws have recently changed so it is best to contact the relevant authorities to ensure that you have the most accurate current information.

Please be aware that these standards are designed to reduce injury, not avoid it.