How to Install 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).
- 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 the center.
- 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 center.
- 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.