Tennis Court Maintenance
All synthetic tennis courts require regular maintenance if they are to maintain their intended play characteristics throughout the seasons and maximise their longevity and safety.
Artificial Clay Tennis Courts
Artificial clay tennis courts are generally reliant on playing on the level of fill and not the carpet fibres and maintaining that level of the fill which, because they are a loose fill system, is dispersed continually. The artificial clay infill should be even over the entire system at approximately 2mm (the thickness of a 2p coin) on top of the stabilisation mat. Play should not take place on a surface that has the fibres of the stabilisation mat visible and it is important that Players drag the surface and brush the lines off after each session helping to redress the disturbed infill and leave the court in a good condition for the next users. The action of dragging by players should be in an elliptical motion continually moving from outside to in gradually moving either from the end of the enclosure to the net or vice versa. The idea being to help bring dispersed fill back into the playing area as well as evenly redistributing the fill.
Artificial clay courts benefit from, either fortnightly or monthly, more intensive maintenance works which involve using a heavy triangular drag brush towed behind a small tractor mower or quad bike. This action will help move the fill over of the system but more importantly decompact the existing fill, and lift any crushed stabilisation mat fibres. The direction of this type of action should be the same as hand dragging, but over the entire enclosure and the direction altered each session. It is good practice to remove the net posts at least once per month to clear the post sleeves of migrated clay and to allow for brushing through the net line.
Annually courts benefit from a cleaning and maintenance service carried out by a company such as ours. This type of service decompacts the existing fill to a greater depth than simple drag brushing and removes a degree of contamination build up from the fill, prior to redistributing it evenly over the enclosure. During the process the stabilisation mat fibres are lifted and separated, and the migrated fill from the perimeter edge and the tennis net line is moved back into the playing area. Top up infill is then applied, if required, from the club’s stock on site. How many times a surface should be cleaned and maintained annually is dependant largely on the use the courts receive, the diligence of the club members, and the man power and equipment to carry out the monthly maintenance regime.