To successfully plan the installation of a chain link fence around a tennis court, you should first determine the length and width of your fence. In order to do this, you should acquaint yourself with the standard tennis court layout and dimensions.
From the net, the service lines should be placed at 21 feet in both directions. Then another 18 feet is provided from the service line to the base line which results in a measurement of 39 feet spreading on each side of the tennis court, or a total of 78 feet court length. The total width of the tennis court is 36 feet.
In order to give the players adequate playing ground to chase the ball, a setback of 21 feet on both directions is provided before the back screen, and a setback of 12 feet is provided for the side screen on each side of the court. This gives you a total screen length of 120 feet and width of 60 feet, which is the dimension of your fence line.
Please see illustration below for a better understanding of the tennis court dimensions. Bear in mind that the base back screen and the side screen is what your fence will be installed on.
Chain link estimation
The next measurement that you should take into consideration is the height of your chain link fence. The usual height of a tennis court fence is 10 feet. You could have a shorter fence height on the area in between the two service lines, which measure at 42 feet on each side. In these areas your fence could be as low as 6 feet.
Based on the figures above, what you will need to buy is a taller chain link with a dimension of 218 feet by 10 feet, and a shorter one with a dimension of 82 feet by 6 feet. All of the following figures will be based on these 10-foot and 6-foot measurements.
Fence posts estimation
You will also need to buy fence posts with heights in accordance with the chain link fence. These posts will be buried about 4 feet for corner posts and about 3 feet for line posts, and spaced on average 8 feet apart, except for the gate posts. With the standard dimensions of a tennis court, you will need the following:
1) 4 corner posts with a length of 14 feet;
2) 26 line posts with a length of 13 feet; and
3) 8 line posts with a length of 9 feet.
Note: All measurements above are based on the dimension of tennis courts for official use. Should you decide to install a court within your yard for personal use, shorter chain link and court dimensions may be applied.