Tennis Surface Maintenance
The sport of Tennis can be played equally as well on an artificial surface as on real grass, with the correct maintenance an artificial tennis court can last for years and will not as badly as real grass. A short pile artificial turf offers excellent grip and takes spin well, they can be used through winter as well as summer.
HB Sports Surfaces installation team ensure that clients have a high quality, level, playing surface, suitable for all standards of play.
These artificial surfaces can either be sand dressed or sand filled turf which is not only resilient but also meets with regulations for both domestic or club use. No more sliding on patchy muddy courts and no more muddy sports shoes.
Artificial Grass is becoming increasingly popular with Tennis Clubs / Courts this is because in comparison to clay or natural grass, an artificial grass surface requires considerably less maintenance, it is more resistant to wear than real grass, it repels dirt easier and it is extremely player-friendly. An artificial grass tennis court will last a long time if correctly maintained.
Artificial grass tennis courts can be played on for much longer thanks to their excellent water permeability. This means that tennis court clubs / facilities are able to offer an extended outdoor season. Competitions / schedules no longer have to be cancelled due to the weather rendering the courts into poor condition.
Sand Filled Artificial Sports Surfaces – with pile heights typically of 20 to 24mm will require regular brushing. The interval depends upon the surface usage as well as its positioning. A shaded artificial surface which is close to deciduous trees will require more frequent maintenance than one that is out in the open with no nearby vegetation around. A chemical treatment and deep cleaning throughout its life will ensure the court continues to offer excellent play characteristics. Some artificial courts that have become badly contaminated may require the sand to be completely removed and replaced.
Sand Dressed Artificial Carpets – are predominately a surface designed for hockey, but they also offer a good surface to practice football or play tennis. These types of surfaces usually have pile heights of between 15 and 20mm and they have less sand than the filled surfaces. This means they can offer faster play characteristics, ideal for the game of hockey. Sand Dressed Carpets require regular maintenance just the same as Sand Filled Carpets do. Brushing as well as a chemical treatment to kill off moss/algae will be required. A deep clean will keep artificial carpets on top form.
HB Sports Surfaces offers professional maintenance services with experience in artificial cricket surfaces. We have the expertise and equipment to ensure the Tennis surface remains in top condition.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to artificial tennis surface maintenance:
Daily or Weekly Maintenance:
Debris Removal – Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris from the court using a leaf blower, brushes, or a mechanical sweeper. Regular debris removal prevents infill compaction and keeps the surface clean.
Inspect for Damage – Conduct frequent visual inspections to identify any damage, tears, or loose seams. Address these issues promptly to prevent further damage.
Litter Control – Install litter bins around the court and encourage players to dispose of trash properly.
Grooming and Brushing – Use specialised grooming equipment to lift and redistribute infill material evenly. This maintains the upright turf fibres, ensuring better performance and aesthetics.
Power Brushing – Periodically use power brushing equipment to penetrate the infill material, fluff up the turf fibres, and prevent compaction. This helps maintain optimal playing conditions.
Infill Level Check – Measure the infill material’s depth and redistribute it to maintain the recommended levels. Could you consult with the manufacturer or installer for guidance?
Deep Cleaning – Conduct deep cleaning at least once a year using specialised equipment to remove contaminants like moss, algae, dirt, and organic matter. Deep cleaning enhances the appearance and safety of the court.
Infill De-compaction – Schedule de-compaction services to break up compacted infill material, promoting optimal ball bounce and surface performance.
Boundary and Line Marking – Repaint and maintain boundary lines, service lines, and other court markings to meet the required standards for play.
Weather Protection – Be mindful of the court’s surface temperature in hot weather. Consider providing shade or cooling methods for players. In cold weather, ensure the court is not frozen or slippery.
Player and Staff Education:
Proper Footwear – Educate players, coaches, and maintenance personnel about the appropriate footwear for the artificial surface. Inappropriate footwear can cause damage and increase maintenance needs.
Following these maintenance guidelines and conducting regular inspections ensures that your artificial tennis court remains safe, visually appealing, and optimal for playing tennis. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of the surface but also enhances the overall playing experience..