What Are Some Common Causes Of Tennis Court Damage?

What Are Some Common Causes Of Tennis Court Damage?

After years of use, general wear and tear can kick in on tennis courts, making them unsafe for use. A sports court typically lasts between 10 to 25 years, depending on the care it receives over the years. Regular maintenance and repair from a professional paving firm are necessary to prevent extensive damage and deterioration of outdoor and indoor tennis courts.

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To extend your tennis court’s service life and maintain its appearance, it is necessary to identify factors that cause it the most damage so proper preventive maintenance measures can be taken on time. Some common causes of damage include:

Lack of cleaning and maintenance

Tennis courts require regular cleaning, so debris and organic matter like leaves do not accumulate, causing stains and even damage and discoloration, if ignored for long. Thus, tennis courts need to be thoroughly cleaned after every few weeks or more, especially during times of heavy usage, to prevent this. For regular cleaning, sweeping can be done on the tennis court, or a blower can be used to remove dust and debris.

Wrongful use

Improper use, negligence, and everyday things like allowing players not to use non-marker tennis shoes to use the court or dragging items like benches and chairs across the surface can damage the surface. Also, allowing the use of rollerblades, bikes and skateboards can cause significant damage to the surface.

Mold, mildew, and algae

Food and drink spills, decaying leaves and trash, moisture, and other foreign materials can cause molding, mildew, or algae growth on the tennis court’s surface, which, if not treated immediately, can cause extensive damage. They can also make the court slippery, resulting in injuries, and can affect the players’ health.

Improper drainage system

Water is one of the most damaging materials for any type of pavement, which is why integrating an effective drainage system is imperative during tennis court installation. If a tennis court does not have a proper drainage system, or if it is damaged, excess water can pool on the surface or beneath the court, resulting in problems. An effective drainage system will divert excess water away from the court. Therefore, it is essential to inspect the tennis court every week or two for evident damage to its structure and drainage and carry out routine maintenance, including cleaning the drains, so there is no blockage.

Birdbaths and base issues

A birdbath or water puddle is an indicator of inadequate or improper paving, especially on tennis courts with concrete bases. So proper installation and corrective maintenance are imperative to avoid this.

Harmful cleaning equipment

Using proper cleaning equipment is crucial to prevent accidental or unintentional damage to the tennis court’s surface. For example, using direct high pressure can damage the court’s fiber mat, so a soft-bristled brush, mild cleaners, and if necessary, a pressure washer (that is suitable for your surface type and on the right setting) should be used.


Regular use and infrequent or improper maintenance can result in hairline cracks to appear on asphalt and concrete courts, which, if not immediately repaired, will grow and accelerate the rate of deterioration.

If ignored, all of these factors can lead to more extensive damage, which would require expensive repairs or tennis court resurfacing.

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