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The Importance Of Repairing Cracks In A Tennis Court

Key takeaways:

  • It is important to repair cracks in a tennis court as soon as they appear for many reasons: they can be dangerous, damage equipment, decrease the longevity of the court, and increase the need for resurfacing.
  • The most common causes of cracks are weather damage, tree roots, and poor construction or lack of maintenance.
  • There are three primary options for repairing cracks: resurfacing (the simplest and most cost-effective solution), mid-level repairs (more expensive but less than reconstruction), or complete reconstruction.

Have you ever stepped onto a tennis court to find a pesky crack running through the center? If you have, you know that cracks can ruin your game and are also dangerous. This is why it’s so important to repair cracks in a tennis court as soon as they appear.

In this blog post, Action Asphalt will explore the importance of repairing cracks, the common causes of cracks, and some tips for fixing them.

The Importance of Repairing Cracks in a Tennis Court

Cracks are inevitable regardless of how well you take care of your tennis court. Over time, the sun, rain, snow, and foot traffic will all take their toll and leave their mark on the court surface. While some small cracks may not seem like a big deal, they can cause big problems if left unrepaired. Here’s why it’s so important to fix cracks in your tennis court:

  1. Cracks can trip players and cause injuries: A small crack doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can be enough to trip up a player whose foot gets caught while moving at high speed. And we all know that tennis is a high-speed sport! Even minor trips and falls can result in serious injuries like concussions or bone fractures.
  2. They can damage equipment: If a crack is deep, it can damage tennis balls as they hit the surface. In addition, cracks can also cause wear and tear on equipment like shoes and racket strings.
  3. They can decrease the longevity of a tennis court: Untreated cracks on a tennis court can result in greater damage over time and more expensive repair charges. Your tennis court will last longer and help you save money in the long run if you maintain it regularly and address problems as they arise.
  4. They can increase the need for resurfacing: Surface cracks on your court will worsen with time. A straightforward repair procedure might not be sufficient if the crack on your tennis court is wider than an inch. Court resurfacing will be required in these circumstances to fix the issue and provide a safe and playable surface.
  5. They can ruin the game! Small cracks may not affect gameplay much, but they can impact everything from the ball’s bounce to a player’s footing. This can lead to uneven matches and unenjoyable games for everyone involved.

Common Causes of Cracks in Tennis Courts

There are several common causes of cracks in tennis courts, such as:

  • Weather damage is perhaps the most common cause of cracks since extreme temperature changes can cause materials to contract and expand, which weakens their structure and causes them to crack.
  • Tree roots can also cause damage since they grow underneath the surface and can lift it, creating cracks as they go.
  • Finally, poor construction or lack of maintenance can also contribute to cracking since both can result in a weaker court that is more susceptible to damage.
Common Causes of Cracks in Tennis Courts

How to Fix the Cracks in The Tennis Court

There are three primary options for repairing cracks in a tennis court: resurfacing, mid-level repairs, and complete replacement.

Option 01: Resurfacing

We have many options for repairing the tennis court’s warping and cracking. Resurfacing the area is the simplest and most cost-effective solution.

It is advisable to take care of this as soon as your tennis court begins to exhibit cracking and warping because it is a regular phase in the lifespan of your court. It will get worse the longer it is ignored.

If there are no noticeable cracks and most of the damage results from the asphalt or concrete drying out, the gaps can be repaired quickly. The top layer of the court must first be cleaned by pressure washing before a filler is poured in to repair any holes. Cracks fixed in this way can resurface when the filled layer ages and degrades. Even if the court still has a level surface and no obvious cracks, it can be maintained with occasional resurfacing, provided there are no other major issues.

Option 02: Mid-Level Repairs

If resurfacing is seen as the lower end of the process, then the membranes, stone screens, and overlays constitute the medium stage of tennis court rehabilitation treatment and may be advisable for severely cracked courts.

Mid-level repairs include removing the top layer, placing the geotextile membrane for protection, then putting in a new sheet of asphalt or concrete. Finally, seal the new layer with a fresh acrylic coat. The membrane does away with the need to remove the court’s base completely since the geotextile layer can absorb damage and movement from the base before sending it to the top layer, increasing the court’s life.

This is the compromise choice as opposed to completely rebuilding the court. This approach costs more than resurfacing but less than replacement/reconstruction.

Option 03: Reconstruction

The only workable option if the court exhibits considerable cracking and unevenness is redesigning it. While rebuilding the court is expensive, digging up or crushing the old asphalt is required to create a new court base. It all comes down to how many courts are being worked on at once and whether to excavate or pulverize the court. While the cost of pulverizing equipment is generally the same whether it is used on one or five courts, the cost of excavating scales linearly with the number of courts. For cracks, reconstruction is the most durable option. Other, less involved solutions, might only be able to conceal more serious issues temporarily.


No one likes dealing with cracks—in their tennis court or any other surface. But ignoring cracks will only lead to bigger problems down the road. So, if you see a crack in your court, take care of it immediately before it causes further damage. Your tennis players will thank you!

Need help patching up your court? At Action Asphalt serving Sacramento, CA, we are more than happy to oblige. Our staff comprises expert estimators, managers, and field workers well-versed in various sports court paving materials, processes, and procedures.

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