1 My tennis court in Bedford is nestled in a far corner of the farm.
2 In the autumn, the tapes and net are removed and stored for the winter. The tennis court recently received a new layer of Har-Tru.
3 Har-Tru is crushed igneous rock and the softer surface it provides is preferred by many tennis players, as it offers less impact, less fatigue, and slower play. Also, when a ball bounces, it leaves an impression in the surface, which can help determine whether a shot was in or out.
4 The court is maintained by Oval Tennis
5 Before the tapes and net are reinstalled, the court is, hopefully, rained upon. Since the weather was dry, the sprinklers were turned on to dampen the Har-Tru. This is necessary for measuring and placing the tapes.
6 This is a drag broom, which is used to sweep the court after it is played on, removing foot and ball prints.
7 And this is a line sweeper.
8 After sweeping the court with the drag broom, this revolving brush passes over the lines, sweeping them clean.
9 Across the court is an observation pergola, designed to look like the other pergolas on the farm using antique Chinese granite posts. The fence is the same design as around the cutting garden.
10 These are the playing tapes removed from storage - 480 linear feet of tape!
11 Louis got busy and began removing last year's nails.
12 Approximately ten pounds of nails hold these tapes down, so Troy picked up his hammer to help.
13 Meanwhile, Marcel sprayed even more water on the court.
14 A gasoline powered roller was removed from the van.
15 Marcel rolled the court to compress the Har-Tru and dragged the surface with a steel mat to remove any bumps and fill any pits.
16 He then swept with the drag broom.
17 The team then started measuring for the singles line and the doubles line.
18 Nails were hammered in as markers.
19 To get a perfectly square tennis court, they formed a hypotenuse, the longest side of a right-angled triangle, to mark the baseline.
20 The hypotenuse should measure exactly 52-feet - 10-1/2-inches.
21 The process was repeated to mark the opposite end of the baseline.
22 There was more measuring and marking for the center service and service lines.
23 After the marking was complete, Marcel wet the court down one more time.
24 As a guide for laying down the tapes, a string was stretched between marker nails and and then rolled over.
25 When lifted, the string left a clear impression on the damp Har-Tru.
26 This process was repeated for all lines.
27 The tapes were brought onto the court.
28 Ten pounds of new 2-1/2-inch aluminum nails were dropped next to the marked lines.
29 The tapes were stretched into place.
30 And the hammering began.
31 Forty-five minutes later, the team was nearly finished.
32 The corners are well-secured.
33 The final baseline
34 And the baseline center mark
35 Marcel rolled each line...
36 A total of three times, firmly pressing the nails into the surface.
37 Meanwhile, Louis secured the net to the posts.
38 The top of the net is attached to reel net tightener to adjust net height and the net is laced onto the net posts.
39 The net is knotted off at the bottom.
40 To secure the center strap, an end snap was attached to a fitting beneath the surface.
41 The center strap was attached.
42 The net should be 36-inches high at the center strap and 42-inches at the posts.
43 Marcel gave the court a final sweeping.
44 Calcium chloride was then applied to the surface of the court.
45 Calcium chloride is a disolving salt that retains moisture in the Har-Tru court surface.
46 Lastly, the lines were swept clean.
47 Tennis anyone?