How to install a tennis net
Instructions for Installing a Tennis Net
- Install center pipe anchor, making sure the anchor is installed
flush with the surface and that the pin is parallel to the net line to
avoid twisting the center strap.
- Begin installing your net by connecting the loop end of the net
cable to the post cable hook/cleat on the dead side post (the post
without a reel).
a. If you are installing your net onto an
internal wind post, you may have to cut the entire loop and any excess
cable from the other end of the net cable--as well as remove the vinyl
coating near where the cable will be attached to the winder--depending
on which internal wind post you are installing. Pull this end of the
cable over the top of the winder post, lining up the cable with the
winder mechanism. Feed cable into internal wind post mechanism and begin
winding until the net is a little over 3' above the court surface at
b. If you are installing your net onto an external
wind post, connect one loop end of the net cable to the post cable
hook/cleat on the dead end post. Take the other cable loop and hook it
onto the pin on the crank assembly and begin winding. Continue to crank
the post so that the net is a little over 3' above the surface at the
- Fit dowels/side stakes if available into net side pockets.
- Install lacing cord at each end by making a 2" knotted loop on one
end of the lacing cord. Run the other end through both grommets in the
headband and around the post, through the 2" loop and back around the
post in the opposite direction. (See diagram below) Continue wrapping
the cord around the post, through the lacing bars if available, and
through the grommets on the side band, applying equal pressure as you
wrap. Tie off the cord at the bottom of the post. Repeat for other
post. Finally, install the center strap and adjust it to maintain a net
height of 36" at center.
- When you're finished the net should be fully extended so that it
completely fills the space between the two net posts. The net height at
the center of the net should be 3' and at the post end 3'-6" above
ground. If a Doubles net is used for Singles play, the net should
be supported to a height of 3' by using Singles Sticks, which are placed
3' on center outside the Singles court on each side.
- During the off-season remove the net or loosen the net cable and
center strap. It is best to remove net posts, too, and plug the open net
post sleeves with covers to prevent moisture and dirt from entering the
net post sleeves.
- See Diagram below for more information.