How to build a clay court in 5 days (timelapse)

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  1. Pro Staff Pete

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    That was amazing, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Why do they draw the white lines on the court and then go over it again with clay, draw white lines again and go over it, rinse and repeat?

    Why not draw the white lines at the end?
     
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    Bad ***! Super cool share. Thank you.

    They do not draw the lines. The lines are physical objects that get installed into the surface.
     
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    Man that is so cool. Thanks for sharing!!
     
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    And another thing learned about tennis...very, very interesting.
     
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    Yeah that was awesome! I wonder how much clay/crushed terracotta they used?
     
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    Great video. I have always wondered how players don't trip over the lines on clay courts as the lines are pinned to the court. Now I can see that they cover the lines multiple times to embed them.
     
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    ...and the net just appears???
     
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    Like the other poster indicated, the lines are tape which is held in place with nails specific for the job. They put the lines in place once the court is built. The additional steps afterwards is to properly bed the court clay and water it and repack it over hours of time. This is done so that it can reach a certain level of playability.
     
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    No prob, glad you guys enjoyed it!
     
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    Interesting. Indoors and temporary - you just have to put a ton of dirt/crushed whatever/mixture on a slab of concrete. Spread evenly and roll a whole lot of times. Don't have to worry about all the layers underneath the top soil for drainage and longevity.
     
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    That was great, thanks
     
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    Dang! They run really, really fast!
     
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    Yes, very interesting how the requirements differ from a permanent outdoor court.

    Still, I'm surprised that they just started with clay right over concrete. I would have thought they'd put something down over the concrete first. I have NO idea what that would be - those hard rubberized floors like at the gym, a surface sort of like a Mondo indoor track, something like old-style astro turf??? Don't know why I would expect an intermediate layer between the concrete and clay, but I did.
     
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  16. muddlehead

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    Likewise. Another lifetime ago in Northern New Jersey, played frequently at an indoor clay court facility. I was always blown away by the amount of work I thought it took to provide it - since I worked on clay and grass courts for many years...
     
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