BEGINNING OF THE SEASON

Sweep perfectly the flooring with an iron rake taking refuses away (grass, leafs, moss, old clay); Break the winter hardened crust using a rake and lay the necessary quantity of SOTTOMANTO “DAVIS” (usually about 3.000 Kg), level it with the wooden scraper, then wet it and roll it with the apposite roll; Set the COURT MARKING LINES; Lay the MANTO FINALE “DAVIS” (about 1.500 Kg.) using a manual shovel; level it with the levelling mat and roll it until you reach the right compactness of the flooring.

MAINTENANCE OF COVERED COURTS

Maintenance of covered clay courts is different from the uncovered because the heating makes the flooring very hard: it is necessary to break it with apposite breaking machines and recharge the flooring with a bigger quantity of SOTTOMANTO “DAVIS” (about kg. 7.000) to remake the levels of the flooring.

DAILY MAINTENANCE

In order to obtain a good quality of the surface and the best use of clay courts, irrigation is fundamental. To wet correctly it is necessary to aliment the irrigation system with a flow of 80/100 liters per 1’ at 5/6 atm, 1” tube diam. 33 mm. Irrigation times vary depending on weather condition and playing hours. We advise You to wet the court 10/15 minutes 4 times a day (avoiding puddles). After every match pass the levelling mat; it repairs eventual holes done during the game. During playing season, and specially in springtime when the flooring is not rightly compact, small parts of bricks comes out from the SOTTOMANTO and mix up with the MANTO FINALE: it is impossible to block this process so we advise You to sweep the floor if needed.

BUILDING TECHNIQUE OF A CLAY TENNIS COURT (ITALIAN SPECIFICATION - APPROVED BY FIT)

Make an excavation about 50 cm. deep, taking earth away and use herbicidal on the gound. If the floor is particularly rich of clay and it does not permit a natural flowing of water it is advisable to prepare a net of perforated tubes for draining and eventually geotextile length of material. Prepare the ballast, about 35 cm. thick, with selected scree, possibly crushed, granulometry mm. 40/70. Create the slope adding fine crushed gravel with granulometry 3/15 mm; roll it with a straightening roll. Form the first strata laying the GRANULO BASE “DAVIS” (mm. 30) using fillets; then wet and roll with the apposite roll. This strata has the function of conserving the necessary humidity for the clay surface. Water stocked in this strata is transmitted to the superior strata by capillarity. Form the second strata laying the SOTTOMANTO “DAVIS” (mm. 40) using thickness fillets and level it. Wet a lot in order to let water be absorbed by the strata - let the surface dry and then roll with the apposite roll. Lay the COURT MARKING LINES after having perfectly traced the dimensions of the court (see drawing) with apposite tools. Form the third strata by laying MANTO FINALE “DAVIS” (mm. 3) using the wooden scraper: level it trawling the levelling mat, wet and eventually roll the surface.
We advise You to foresee the installation of an automatic irrigation plant for clay tennis courts (TORO) which grants a constant irrigation and a reduction of maintenance costs.

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