Who decided that the net should dip?

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  1. TennisNinja

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    Anyone know? Like why didn't they make it like a straight line, but had it dip in the middle?
     
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  2. nomie

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    I always thought it was simple physics? To have a perfectly straight line you would have to pull the net at a very high tension. Or make the net rigid. Both not very practical?
     
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  4. sh@de

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    But they do it for badminton, so surely it's possible? Granted, the badminton net is much smaller. But it should still be doable... or is that difference in size really too big such that it becomes impractical for tennis nets?

    I don't know.
     
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    Nope, it's not straight for badminton either. Badminton nets are required to be 5'0" at the middle and 5'1" at the sidelines. Volleyball nets might possibly be required to be straighter than this tho'. A volleyball net needs to be sufficiently tight so that balls can be played off the net.

    Ther reason for the dip for tennis (and badminton) nets is probably historical. When these games were developed way back when, it probably was not feasible to set them up without a significant dip.


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  6. Ken Honecker

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    When did the start with the strap in the middle of the net? In the 70's and 80's we adjusted the height of the net by tension and measuring it with a racquet but when I took it up last year there were these cute little straps.
     
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  7. r2473

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    I think it was "Freak Nasty":

    I put my hand upon your hip
    When I dip you dip we dip
    You put your hand upon my hip
    When you dip I dip we dip
    I put my hand upon your hip
    When I dip you dip we dip
    You put yours and I put mine
    And we can get down low
    And roll it round
     
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  8. rich s

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    gravity.....
     
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  9. TennisNinja

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    I'm not retarded I know there's gravity. I meant why not like use a rod and hang the net from that, or something. I think systematic is right though.
     
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  10. Centered

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    The dip gives players an incentive to hit cross-court and in the middle of the court. This is an incentive to make rallies longer and/or to make down the line shots tougher.

    It definitely affects strategy, especially in earlier times with more flat hitting, slice, and low-bouncing fast surfaces.
     
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    Dig those crazy tennis clothes. Those would be cool in the summer heat.
     
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  12. Dave M

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    Think they've always been around but the racquet test dosn't work now as everyone has different sized frames.
     
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