Keeping a Tennis Court in Good Shape

Keeping Your Tennis Court in Good Shape – What to Look Out For

Your tennis court deserves the same amount of care and attention as anything else you own, especially when you consider that a neglected tennis court can become totally unplayable.

Look at it this way; you often restring your racquet, you change your oil every few thousand miles or so and you make sure you visit the dentist every 6-12 months. Your tennis court should be constantly maintained in a similar way.

It’s difficult to know where to start when you reach your tennis court (or courts) and analyse what needs to be done. You’ll need a schedule to start with so that you know where to begin.

You’re probably aware of the basics such as blowing leaves off of hard courts and applying seasonal maintenance to clay and grass courts. However, you may also have a budget to comply with and you don’t want to be throwing money at people to see if court equipment needs renovating or replacing.

Some deteriorating court signs are obvious and others are often hidden, so here’s what you need to look out for during the regular court check-up.

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The Court Surface

As you’re probably aware there are a few different types of surface and each one requires its own form of maintenance. Hard courts are usually playable throughout the year, so they will need constant attention. To see whether the court is level, look out for spots on the court where puddles accumulate during rainfall.

Check the lines on the court to see whether they are faded. You can quite easily get someone in to replace tennis court lines if they have started to fade. If you spot a crack anywhere on the court surface, it’s important to bring this up with a contractor as it could be down to one of many different problems.

It’s also important to have a good idea of the areas of the court that wear out the fastest, such as the baseline area. All you really need to rejuvenate this area of the court is an acrylic surfacing coating, which brings back the colour and finish of the court.

With clay courts it’s important to resurface when you notice loose sand being churned up. This can happen quite often if the play is quite fast and the court is used on a regular basis. You should make plans to resurface after this as the condition of the court can quickly worsen and potentially become dangerous.

The softer the court, the more maintenance is required regardless of how often they are used. If a court isn’t played on over the winter, it should be assessed throughout the colder months and be top-dressed when necessary.

If you notice the subsurface showing your court may being to attract the growth of weeds, moss and another potentially hazardous plant life, so make sure you address these issues before making the court playable.

The Nets

There are usually obvious sings that a tennis court net needs replacing. If the net is frayed, droops or has noticeable holes and tears in it it’s definitely time to think about a replacement. It may also be time think about a new net if it looks worn-out or dirty.

The various components of the net, such as the strap and the cable, as well any other additional components, should be in the best possible condition. You can easily get hold of some replacements parts if a specific component of the net is deteriorating. Centre straps and headbands are readily available on the market.

In order to get the best out of your tennis court you should look to replace nets annually. In addition, rotating different nets throughout the year contributes to a longer-lasting net that can be brought out during a specific season. Nets should definitely be stored away if you are planning a lengthy holiday in the foreseeable future.

Maintenance Equipment

Make sure all the maintenance equipment you have on site is on good condition as well, otherwise you risk damaging your court or worse, injuring someone. Check for loose heads and handles on maintenance equipment as well as sharp or broken edges. Repair these problems as often as possible and replace equipment when they aren’t safe to use.

Don’t resort to pushing maintenance equipment until they are completely worn out, as this will only contribute further to a damaged court. Instead, make the most of an extensive market full of tennis court maintenance equipment.

Article supplied by www.sovereign-sports.co.uk, a family run tennis court construction specialist that has operated in Kent for almost 40 years.

A perfect anniversary evening

Whether you are planning a spectacular evening for your dearly beloved or you want to surprise your girlfriend or boyfriend for a milestone anniversary, sometimes it feels really great to do something nice for someone else. Letting someone know how much they mean to you can be really worth the effort put in towards one fantastic evening as often the reactions are well worth all the elbow grease.

Although everybody has a different idea of their perfect anniversary evening, there are a few pointers that is bound to give everyone a good time, whatever your personal interests or preferences. After all, most people love being reminded that they are appreciated and loved and what better way to express this than with a romantic anniversary evening all planned out by you?

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Here is the perfect guide to creating that special evening, as advised by Lladro porcelain specialists The Chinaman:

Clearing the Calendar

Before you start planning, it is important to make sure that you are both free for the evening. This may seem like a fairly easy step, but if you lead busy lives it can be hard to keep the calendars clear without giving the game away.

If you are in touch with your significant others friends and colleagues, get in touch with them to make sure that they don’t book something on your anniversary. You can tell them the truth or make something up but remember that it needs to be a validated fib otherwise your partner may accidentally stumble upon your lie and make you come clean.

The best way of doing this is to make your partner think that you have something planned, but that it is something mundane or simple, such as a trip to the movies and then a meal in a restaurant. This way they will keep themselves free but still be surprised for the evening.

A little surprise…
…goes a long way. If you plan it right and surprise your significant other, the joy of this surprise is often enough to make a fantastic start to an anniversary evening. This works particularly well if your partner is normally the one who organises things, as it makes a change from the norm.

Some wives/husbands/girlfriends/boyfriends/what have you tend to be a little on the inquisitive side, so bonus points if you manage to surprise a significant other who likes to keep an eye on other people. While it can be frustrating trying to surprise someone like this, the pay off will be much greater as they (hopefully) won’t expect it!

Romantic Dinner for two

What better way to say ‘you’re special to me’ than by making a meal with your own two hands? Obviously this depends a lot on your specific skills when it comes to cooking, although a simple stir fry can still make a delicious meal, and who doesn’t know how to cook Bolognese nowadays? It is really the thought that counts

Or why not try your hand at a little baking and make your partner a delicious dessert to go with the meal? Whatever their personal preferences, you’ll be spoilt for choice with thousands of different recipes to choose from, just make sure you choose something that both of you will enjoy.

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Thoughtful Gift Giving

The crux of a beautiful evening is giving the gifts. On some occasions you may agree not to exchange gifts, although in all honesty this is never a safe route to go down unless you have never exchanged gifts with your significant other on your anniversary. In some cases your partner will say that they don’t really want a gift, but what they may mean is that they don’t want to know what their gift is. If they express a desire for something, now they have an inkling of what they might be getting.

Use your own intuition to buy a beautiful gift that will wow your partner. You should know better than anyone what they enjoy and what they would like to receive. Whether it is a gift card or a delicate porcelain figurine or tickets to the latest west end musical, make sure it is something from the heart.

At the end of the day it is completely up to you what you choose to do for your anniversary. The only thing that matters is that you express your love in a way that only the two of you know how and often, just that is enough. Some people don’t want flashing lights or a big brass band, they only want to feel loved and appreciated and an anniversary is the perfect time to do just that.

Top Level British Sports Companies

Top level sport in Britain has developed immensely over the years, especially as a result of the recent 2012 Olympic Games which have inspired many to get involved in sport and promote the numerous benefits sport has to offer.

Accompanying our country’s love and appreciation for sport are a number of reputable and successful sporting companies that operate at the highest level. Here are some of the sporting companies who have not only developed our devotion to sport but also encouraged and promoted their affiliated sports through everything from the provision of high quality sporting goods to essential gear and equipment.

Admiral Sportswear

Admiral is now an internationally recognised football and cricket brand that supplied the sports apparel for the England cricket team in 2008, as well as Leeds United A.F.C in the same year. Admiral is one of many sportswear companies inspired by England’s success in the 1966 World Cup as they began manufacturing football kits and other football gear and equipment.

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Admiral signed up with various top flight football clubs as well as Leeds, including Manchester United, Coventry City, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, West Ham and Portsmouth. After making a significant impact on football merchandising, Admiral focused predominantly on cricket from the turn of the millennium. They supplied the West Indies and South Africa cricket teams as well as the Canadian team during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

FEV

FEV were established in 1990 and have since contributed immensely to British motorsport through the production and supply of high quality specialist fire safety products. Their products have been utilised continuously by major Motorsport teams around the world and in Britain.

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After gaining FIA homologation and MSA approval in front of British Standards and the Motor Sports Association, FEV quickly began supplying some of the most reputable Motorsport teams in the world with their high quality fire safety products, all of which guarantee optimal safety on the circuit. They continue to develop innovative, state-of-the-art fire safety products to further enhance the safety of drivers in one of Britain’s most celebrated sports.

Boardman Bikes

Operating at top level cycling despite being established as recently as 2007, Boardman Bikes was founded by professional cyclist Chris Boardman, Sarah Mooney and Alan Ingarfield. Boardman is head of research and development at the company, while Mooney is the CEO and Ingarfield the chairman. Boardman Bikes are well known for their comprehensive cycling stock which includes everything from road, mountain and hybrid bikes to carbon fibre water bottle cages and helmets.

Chris Boardman’s decorated career is just one aspect of the success Boardman Bikes has enjoyed since their establishment. Their bikes have been ridden by winners of an Olympic Gold as well as World and European national titles. They are currently sponsored by the likes of Alistair Brownlee, Jonathon Brownlee and Pete Jacobs.

Penfold Golf

Penfold Golf specialise in the manufacturing of high quality golf equipment, golf balls and golf gloves. Albert Edward Penfold founded the company in 1927, which remains to this day as a predominantly golfing clothes and equipment-based manufacturer. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club held a meeting in the early 20’s, stating they had a ball that could limit the distance potentialities of all golf balls. Upon inspecting the ball himself, Penfold stated to the bewilderment of those in attendance that he could build a ball to those very specifications that would out drive any other ball.

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When the first Penfold ball was first driven at the British open Championship, it soared further than any of the other balls. The company continued to make a significant contribution to the golfing community and even made their way into popular literature after featuring in Ian Fleming’s James Bond story and film, Goldfinger. Penfold Golf Ltd. Is now as prestigious as ever; marketing and distributing branded golf balls, gloves and clothing.

Reebok International

Reebok is an athletic footwear and apparel company originally founded in the UK by J.W. Foster and Sons in Bolton, Lancashire in 1895. During their early years, Reebok distributed shoes across the UK to be worn by British athletes taking part in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. By 1958, Joe and Jeff Foster, two of the founders’ grandsons, renamed the company Reebok. Reebok is Afrikaans for the grey rhebok, a type of African antelope.

Reebok gradually began expanding from the 1980’s onwards, introducing the Reebok Freestyle fitness shoes and supplying tennis and aerobics as well as running and basketball, which were the largest segments of the athletic footwear industry at the time.

In modern times, Reebok has signed Venus Williams after here successes at Wimbledon and the 2000 summer Olympics, become the exclusive apparel outfitter for 29 NBA teams and acquired official National Hockey League sponsor CCM. From August 2005, Reebok became an Adidas subsidiary, leading to new partnerships with CrossFit and Les Mills.