Tennis Court Maintenance

Whether your court is hard or soft, it requires maintenance to keep it safe and playing well. It’s also a good idea to have your court inspected periodically for cracking, weeds standing water or other signs of deterioration.

Tennis Court Maintenance should be treated with an appropriate herbicide. Pulling a weed that has an established root system will damage much more of your court surface than the small area it is growing out of. In addition, it will encourage re-growth of the weed. Tree limbs and shrubs that hang over the courts should be pruned so they do not touch the surface.

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General cleaning should be done about once a month by rinsing the court with water. If stains are evident a mild detergent, such as 2 parts household bleach to 4 parts water, can be used to scrub the surface and rinse thoroughly.

Puddles on the court should be removed as quickly as possible. Long-term standing water softens the coatings and causes premature wearing. It also acts like sandpaper under the feet of players, and adds extra abrasion to the surface.

Drainage systems are a vital component of a court. If they are not functioning properly water will flow back onto the court surface or underneath it causing severe problems. A drain system inspection should be part of your regular maintenance routine.

Signs should be placed near the court explaining the “rules” of the court, including that only non-marking tennis shoes may be worn and no chewing gum or food is allowed on the surface. Benches and other permanent equipment should be secured to the surface to prevent damage from sliding or dragging on the court.

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