Success in tennis is about concentration, keeping a level head and reacting to your opponent. By doing all three, you can stay relaxed and play your best, in other words, avoiding the variables that make the sport of tennis so difficult and keeping tensions as low as possible.
There are however, two places in tennis when you want to keep tensions consistently high; the strings in your racket and the net on the court.
We’ll let your racket stringer worry about the strings, and now a company out of Knoxville, Tenn. can take care of the net.
I have to admit, I’ve never thought much about the net and how tight it should be, but I found out at the recent BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP 250 event that kicked off the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series. Now I know there is a recommended tension and a way to measure it.
Thanks to David Glass, an engineer and the CEO of Cable Tension LLC, there is now a device that will keep your net tension consistent on every court of the facility.
The TNT Gauge System is the simple answer to the never-ending question about the right tension of the tennis net.
“The TNT Gauge System has proven to be valuable as a tool that allows a tournament to determine how tight their nets will be, and make them equal on all the courts,” explains Glass, who has made this a mission of his to educate tennis players and facilities about net tensions. “Pro and college tennis at the highest levels are benefiting from consistent net tension that gives predictable and repeatable response when the ball hits the net cord.”
Glass received his patent for the TNT Gauge in November 2010, and now it will be into use at events in the 2012 Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series and then on every competition court at the 2012 U.S. Open.
The TNT Gauge is also proving to be popular with colleges and universities who have tennis centers that have simultaneous action taking place on six or more courts numerous times each day. So far, tennis powers like the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky have purchased TNT Gauges for their expansive facilities.
Glass also says the TNT Gauge has benefits for cities and municipalities with tennis centers that are looking to save money in the long run.
“In addition to allowing tournament-quality net play, the TNT Gauge helps preserve the court surface from cracks caused by nets that have been accidentally pulled too tight, by providing a continuous indication of the actual tension,” offers up Glass. “The constant pull on the posts can damage their foundations, leading to safety issues and expensive repairs.”
With local officials being more and more concerned about how taxpayer funds are used, a TNT Gauge System on every court solves a multitude of problems.
“The American Sports Builders Association’s recent edition of the Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual suggests net tensions of 400-500 pounds, which can be established with confidence and most accurately by a device like the TNT Gauge,” adds Glass.
The TNT Gauge is easy to install, provides you the information you need with a thermometer-like readout and gives you or tournament officials the ability to set the tension. More details and testimonials are available on www.tightcable.net. The TNT Gauge retails for $149 or you can outfit your entire club or tennis center by buying seven or more for $139 each. It’s a small price to pay for piece of mind and keeping your tennis courts in playing order.