Courts Update – 4 April

4 April 2020

I thought you might like to know what is happening at the Club to ensure that we will be able to get back on to the courts as soon as possible once the lock down restrictions are lifted.

Court 1 & 2

Wind borne debris is being blown off the courts on a regular basis. Weed killer has been applied to the surrounds and the courts have been treated for moss.

These courts will be available for play immediately.

Courts 5 & 6

As with courts 1 & 2 debris is being blown off and the courts have been treated with moss killer. Some brambles have encroached from the railway embankment and these will be cut back over the next couple of weeks. Some old carpet was laid last year between court 5 and the railway fence to act as a weed barrier and it is hoped that 2 volunteers will lay more carpet alongside court 6, again within the next couple of weeks.

The Grass Courts

These are being cut and lightly rolled practically every other day. Some extra seed will be applied to any bare patches and they will be fertilised to encourage growth. They have been measured out and guide marks put down so that they can be marked out fully without delay once we have the go ahead to resume play.

It will be necessary to ‘find’ the sockets which hold the uprights for the surround netting – this involves the use of a metal detector – so that the the surround netting can be erected.

Depending upon the date when we can resume play and whether there will be any League matches a decision will be made about which grass courts will be in operation. But they should be available within a couple of days of the lock down being lifted.

Courts 3 & 4

The contractors stopped work, for obvious reasons, having almost completed the ground works for the air dome. When they left the concrete beam had been laid around the courts together with bases for the storage shed, the fans and the revolving door. The surround netting has also all been completed using as many existing uprights as possible and brand new chain link netting.

Before they started work the contractors laid 12 foot wide by 30-40 foot long plastic sheeting on the carpet perimeter. They then laid 9 foot by 4 foot wooden boards on top of the sheeting as extra protection. This became covered with concrete debris during the work.

Unfortunately they were unable to remove any of this before they stopped work. We were concerned that if this was left down for an length of time it could damage the courts and so last week 2 volunteers cleared the concrete debris, approximately 40-50 boards and all the sheeting.

The courts are now able to be treated as the other carpet courts and it is hoped that extra brushing will get rid of some bits of dirt and concrete dust that managed to work its way through all the protection. It may be necessary to carry out some selective power washing at some stage.

The only work left to do on these courts is to remove all the boards and sheeting off site. re -instate the damage to the grass alongside the woods and lay paths and gravel drainage around the courts. This work is likely to take 4-5 days once the lock down is lifted but it may be that tennis could be played almost immediately if some temporary boarding is used as a pathway to the gate.

So I am happy to confirm that everything is being done to ensure that tennis can re-commence as soon as the word is given.

Bernard Crosby