When to Replace Your Tennis Court Net: Signs It's Time to Upgrade
Posted by on
Tennis is one of the most fast paced and invigorating sports you will ever play. It’s also great for your body and mind. But like all good things, tennis equipment doesn’t last forever. If you currently own a tennis court, play often at your local club, or are considering investing in a new court, continue reading. Here are a few things you should know about the longevity of a tennis court net.
When to replace your net or old net strap
The actual court can last up to ten years with proper maintenance depending on the climate and the type of court you have. The net and old net strap however, don’t do well in extreme weather conditions. External factors like excessive rain can deteriorate the net over time, shortening its lifespan. Replace your net if you notice:
- any holes or tears in the net
- frayed netting
- the net strap is dirty or falling apart
If you spot one or more of these things, you need to replace the tennis court net as soon as possible.
How to replace your net
If this is your first time trying to replace the next, follow these next few steps to make sure your new one is ready to go for your next time on the court.
- Begin by cutting the twine holding the net in place. Next, take the center strap and unhook it. Fold your old net up and set it aside for a moment.
- Taking the new net, unfold it and lay it down onto the court.
- Grab one end and hook the loop end of your net cable onto the dead cleat on the dummy post.. This is the post that does not have a crank.. If you have an external wind net post, hook the net over the cleat on the winder. If you have an internal wind net post, you will need to cut the loop off the net cable and feed it into the internal winder until it catches.
- Use the crank to lift the net until it is firm, do not over-tighten.
- Install the dowels.
- Tighten and lace the net to the lacing rods.
- Use the center strap to adjust the height of the center of the net to 36”.
What to do with your old tennis court nets
Now, you’re probably wondering what to do with the old net now that the new one is up and ready for your next match.
You can actually donate the net to a proper organization that will repurpose and recycle your old net. Conduct a quick search online to see if you can find one such organization.
This is a great way you can reduce waste if you don’t want your net to end up in the garbage.
Some final words on new nets
If you want to continue playing one of the most popular sports in the world, you need to make sure to replace certain pieces of equipment when they eventually give out despite the strong netting. That old net strap can’t last forever, after all.
With your new net installed, you may enjoy several more matches for years to come.