Preparing for an Upgrade
|As the movement
toward a more aesthetic tennis atmosphere continues, club and facility
owners and managers find their complexes in need of repair and upgrade.
A recurring list of improvements includes everything from fencing and backdrops
to amenities such as water fountains, landscaping and seating for spectators.
Some upgrading can be done at minimum investment, while others require extended time and money. Nonetheless, following is a checklist of ideas for improving our facility to make the tennis experience more enjoyable.
Soft fencing beautifies the court and its surroundings, along with serving the same purpose as a regular fence at a lesser cost.
Improved clips now attach background netting to fencing in a variety of ways, creating a more professional and unitized appearance.
Windscreens have gained in popularity, serving form and function. These screens lessen wind resistance, and are available in colors to match existing fencing. Screens also may be purchased displaying logos of clubs, schools, facilities, etc.
"Dog ear" or "California Corners" are also useful and aesthetically pleasing, minimizing ball movement around the court and eliminating the industrial, rigid appearance of ordinary square fencing.
Nets, Posts, Etc.
Net posts need repainting every two years, and when set in sleeves should be coated for protection against rusting. Periodic scrubbing of the net head bands rids it of dirt and mildew, giving the net a new appearance.
Center straps can be either hand scrubbed or tossed into a washing machine to make them appear new as well.
To ensure correct net height, use 42-inch sticks and measure them 36 inches outside the singles sidelines. This provides proper net height for singles matches.
Leaning net posts could be a problem with either the post sleeves or the posts themselves. Many club/facility managers mount the posts in a cubic yard of concrete in a level below the local frost line, allowing them to leave the nets under tension year-round.
Many of the courts built during the tennis boom of the '70s are now needing help. Renovation, if not new construction, is serious undertaking that requires solid planning. Consider some lessons learned by many facilities and clubs during their upgrading.
In whatever way you decide to improve your tennis facility, detailed specifications for upgrading are available from:
"When you play with the best, you are the winner."