Being able to play a game of tennis whenever you want is a
great feeling, whither it’s for you or your residents.
There’s no greater joy for a tennis player than to have their own tennis court
. Windscreen, net posts, play surface, it all comes together for a great place for a match. But having your own court also requires a lot of extra work to ensure that it stays in great shape for years to come. Look over these tips to help keep your court on its game.
Keep your Court Clean – It’s important to make sure that your court is clear of debris and dirt that can cause premature deterioration of surfaces. Use the recommended push broom and/or water broom for your court’s surface type and remember to take care while sweeping and scrubbing. You don’t want to damage your court accidentally!
Clean Regularly – Set up a schedule that works best with your court’s surface type. Usually you’ll want to look over your court thoroughly every month. Be sure to check for any built up debris, signs of cracking, developing depressions or bubbling/blistering on the play surface. Any vegetation growing on or too close to the court surface should also be treated with a systemic herbicide. It’s also a good time to make sure that your nets and windscreens are in good shape and not over-tensioned to avoid additional damage to the posts and fence.
Beware of Water – Water poses a hazard to your play area. After cleaning make sure the area is dried thoroughly before playing. You’ll also want to avoid over-irrigation around the edges of your court. Taking too long between cleanings can result in stains or watermarks on your court surface and mar the appearance of the court.
Consider Fencing the Area – If you have a lot of nearby foot traffic you may wish to consider fencing in your court. This will help to keep unnecessary traffic off your court from unwelcome visitors, both human and animal alike. It also gives you other potential add-ons you can use for both play and daily maintenance, such as tennis windscreens
Invest in a Windscreen – Windscreens have a few helpful uses. The right color can help you track your ball better and aid in blocking out distractions from the environment. They also give the benefit of filtering out some of the debris that blows onto your court so you don’t have to sweep off the surface as much.
Take Care of the Court Surface – Skateboards, non-tennis shoes, maintenance equipment, all of them need to stay off the court if you want it to last a long time. These can damage the surface and result in costly repairs. You will also want to consider placing pads under any chairs or seating to avoid gouges in the surface.
Fix Open Cracks ASAP – With winter around the corner this is important! Water can freeze inside these cracks and cause extensive damage to your court surface. It’s better to get them filled properly by a professional early than to have to re-do your entire court after a few years from carelessness.
Always look into the recommended care instructions for your equipment and court surface. Keeping a regular maintenance regimen and taking good care of your court will ensure you can enjoy tennis throughout the years!