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Court Construction & Maintenance Guide: Annual Maintenance Planner

Use this yearly court maintenance schedule, reprinted from the latest edition of the “Tennis Courts” manual, to protect your investment.

A well-constructed and well-maintained tennis court will offer years of play. But to maximize the useful life of any type of court, the owner needs to implement a regular schedule of maintenance (see chart on following pages, reprinted with permission from “Tennis Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual,” published by the ASBA and USTA).

Regular inspection of the court and repair of minor irregularities is more cost-effective than allowing the court to deteriorate to the point where it requires major repair or reconstruction. (Even with regular maintenance, however, all courts will need some repair over time.)

The most important step in maintaining all types of court surfaces is to keep them clean by removing debris immediately and by spot-cleaning spills as soon as they occur. Don’t allow food and beverages — except for water — on your courts, and don’t allow smoking in the area. Provide wastebaskets to encourage players and spectators to keep the surface clean. Pick up stray balls, ball cans and ball-can lids, which can damage the court surface, be a tripping hazard, and make the court area unsightly.

At the end of the playing season, inspect all court equipment and order any replacement parts so that the equipment can be repaired during the off-season.

The amount of maintenance required by a particular tennis facility will vary depending on the geographic location, the amount and type of use, player conduct and alternative use, if any. In any case, the owner should develop an appropriate maintenance plan, ensure that maintenance is performed at timely intervals, and keep records of maintenance procedures and conditions or problems. The need for excessive maintenance may be an indicator of more serious problems.

 

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