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How to Maintain Clay Tennis Courts

Posted by Tennis Supply Team on 5/25/2014 to Clay Tennis Court Maintenance & Info







If you want to maintain your tennis court in its original mint condition, there are several factors that need to be looked into. You need to hire competent maintenance professionals who can tend to your courts on a daily and long-term basis. Here are some tips to help you preserve the quality of your tennis courts.

 

Daily Maintenance 

 

Each morning before the arrival of players, the court surface has to be rolled using a court rake. Ensure that the line tapes are clean and neat to prevent the growth of weeds, fungus or algae.  You can clean the tapes by using a line broom. Following the end of each play, use a drag broom to remove any visible scuff marks. The playing lines need to be broomed before the start and end of the play and even in-between if required. Also, make it a point to water the court on a daily basis to maintain its quality and to remove dust particles.

 

Regular Maintenance Duties 

 

To prevent the court surface from hardening, you need to use the tow scarifier. This will ensure that any solidifying hardpan is effectively broken up and it will also prevent the surface from turning excessively firm. Specific regions of the tennis court like service boxes and baselines tend to become lower with regular play. You need to patch up these areas as and when required. Court maintenance professionals usually check the surface for depressions at least once a week.


If you spot a depression, use a lute to rough up the area. You can then incorporate the use of a specific HydroBlend to smear on the surface. Flatten it out with the help of a roller until the entire region achieves a uniform consistency. The surface has to be regularly watered over the next 3 days and wait for it dry out. It would be preferable to carry out these tasks during the weekends.

 

Long Term Tasks 

 

There are many measures that need to be carried out on a long-term basis to preserve the quality of the tennis court. For starters, courts are known to lose HydroBlend material due to wear and tear and also because of atmospheric conditions like wind and rain. This leads to displacement of the material from one end of the court to the other. Usually from the higher end to the lower end. If left neglected, the slope would eventually flatten out. This generally occurs over time and reinforcements have to be made every 6 or 7 years. Resurfacing is usually done using ‘laser temper’ methods.


At the end of each wet season, the tennis court becomes more susceptible to the growth of moss. It is essential to use moss killer chemicals to get rid of them in quick time.