Winter weather is harsh on a tennis court, whether you have a hard court or a synthetic surface. It is also the time of year that you are likely to be using the court the least, and so you are perhaps less likely to be motivated to clean and take care of it. But it’s vital that you maintain your court over the winter to ensure that it is in good condition when the warmer weather returns and you want to get out and enjoy some tennis.
Here are a few important tips that you can follow this winter to maintain your tennis court and make sure that it stays in good condition.
Remove debris and dirt as soon as possible
Wind, rain and generally poor weather over the winter means that all kinds of debris and dirt can be blown onto the court. But debris like leaves and pine needles, as well as bird droppings and rubbish are very bad for the surface of your court if they are left for long. They can allow bacteria and mould to grow which will damage the court. Make sure that you brush away any foreign matter as soon as you see it on the court.
Clear standing water
Of course, heavy rain is more likely in the winter and puddles that accumulate on the court of the court are bad for a number of reasons. Firstly these puddles can be filled with dirt which can then build up on the court if the water is not cleared quickly. Secondly, in very cold weather these puddles can freeze which can do real damage to the surface, causing holes.
Have your court cleaned regularly
It’s also important that you have your court cleaned over the winter to remove build-ups of moss and mould. It is a good idea to have your court jet cleaned by professionals for the best results, although you should also regularly clean the court yourself.