Tennis is a fun sport that can be enjoyed in a public sports setting or in your own back garden. However, you’ll need to install everything from the tennis posts to the nets. If you’re not sure how to do that, this post should help.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin setting up, you’ll need to ensure you have all the items necessary for the installation. You’ll need the tennis posts, of course, but also concrete to set the posts in. If you intend to lay synthetic grass, this will also be needed. However, you can do the finishing later on, if necessary.
Install the Tennis Posts
Your tennis post sockets should be set 12.8 metres apart, measuring from the centre of each post. Dig a hole on each side of the tennis court and then pour in the concrete. The block should be a minimum of 75cm square on top and 60cm deep. The top of the socket should be exactly level with the surface of the court, so if you’re adding another layer of flooring, be sure to account for this.
The tennis post sockets need to be set into the concrete and the posts may be set into them. However, you should avoid playing on the court before the concrete is fully cured, which takes about a month.
Install the Tennis Nets
Once the concrete is completely cured, it will be strong enough that adding the net will not affect it.
Your net should come with instructions, but most nets are installed in a similar manner. First, you’ll want to unroll the tennis net and position it properly between the posts. Check that the net is in good condition, particularly if it is not new.
The next step is to attach the net, beginning with the anchor post end. Loop the headline wire over the hook on the post and then set the net up so the headline wire sits in the provided groove or over the wheel, depending on the type of post you have.
Slip the pin over the brass winder wheel and through the post. It will come out in the winder mechanism and you can begin to turn the handle slightly until the hole appears. Put the pin into this hole and continue to wind, holding the pin in place. Continue to wind the mechanism until the net is properly tensioned and at the correct height. You can now attach the net to the sides of the posts and begin to play.
When you’re not actively playing, it’s best to leave the tennis net slack so it won’t pull on the posts. Over time, this can cause the posts to shift. You definitely want to avoid this.
Tennis surround netting or tennis screens may also be set up around the tennis court. This will keep the balls where they need to be.
If you’re planning to set up a tennis court, Sportsmark has the equipment you need. From tennis single sticks to tennis posts and nets, we can provide whatever you need for the task.