The court was cut into a south facing slope. Surrounding surface drainage was achieved by incorporating shallow mowable swales with underground drainage directed to adjacent woodland. The topsoil is a clay loam not markedly different in particle size distribution to the desired tennis court loam. Being essentially for private use, surface drainage was considered vital and a gradient of 0.66% in the line of play and 1.25% across the line of play was created. Within the cut to fill excavation the gradient of 0.66% is hardly discernible. The ryegrass/strong creeping fescue has rooted well in the dry autumn and after four cuts to date has tillered well and should be ready for use in the early summer.