Category Archives: Tennis

sportsequip.co.uk customer wins Wimbledon!

Wimbledon 2016 Tennis Championships

A standing ovation and huge congratulations from everyone at sportsequip.co.uk today go to one of our customers who lifted a winners’ trophy at the 2016 Wimbledon Championship tennis finals.

It almost goes without saying that our customer, who shall remain nameless, performed serenely throughout the tournament (sprig of lucky heather not required) and ‘andily pocketed a coveted Wimbledon title.

At sportsequip.co.uk we supply high quality, professional equipment that can be used from grass roots, through to the highest levels of sport, so it’s great to hear the equipment that we’ve supplied one of our customers has helped drive their fantastic success.

An unusual customer request… Miniten posts and nets

sportsequip.co.uk will already be a familiar name to many tennis clubs and their members throughout the country.

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of tennis nets, thousands of games will have been played across a sportsequip.co.uk branded tennis net – with our distinctive running man logo adorning hundreds of tennis courts across the UK.

Miniten Tennis Net

Our understanding of the wants and needs of the tennis fraternity are based upon years of experience thanks to (we are almost too embarrassed to admit) experienced sales staff with almost 40 years, 35 years and 28 years of experience each.

So it’s a very rare thing indeed when a customer contacts us with an equipment request for a form of tennis that we’ve never supplied, or even heard of before… But, that’s exactly what happened just before Christmas.

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Cheap tennis nets… a smart buy or false economy?

Tennis NetEveryone loves a bargain. And, why wouldn’t they? That feeling of spotting a great deal on a product or service that other people pay full price for is undeniably satisfying.

On the other hand, it’s also important to be mindful of false economies. “What you pay is what you get” and “if something sounds too good to be true…” are old sayings that frequently apply.

Let’s take an example. In recent years, we’ve noticed some other sports suppliers offering cheap tennis nets imported from countries outside of the UK. To many buyers, these nets can seem like a good purchase, however they may also have subtle differences that set them apart from nets designed specifically for the British market.

We’ve noticed a growing number of customers reporting that their tennis post winders have broken. On further investigation, the root cause of the problem was determined to be the type of net being used. But how is that possible?

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Tennis Ball Machine Repair and Servicing

We’ve supplied hundreds of tennis ball machines over the last 15 years, so we’re not afraid to admit that we know a thing or two about them!

If you’ve already invested in a tennis ball machine, you’ll know that it wasn’t an insignificant purchase, with the cost of top of the range ball machine running into thousands of pounds. The most important thing to remember is that like a car or boiler, regular routine maintenance / servicing along with careful handling / storage is key to ensuring that your electronic tennis partner will provide you with years of reliable service.

Tennis Ball Machine Servicing / Repairs
Ball Machine Servicing / Repairs

As spring (finally) begins, now is a great time to think about servicing your tennis machine, ready for another seasons use. We can arrange a service for most UK models of tennis ball machines, including Spinfire, Playmaker and Tennis Tutors. In some circumstances, we can even provide spare parts and full instructions detailing how to replace any worn or broken parts yourself.

If you’d like more information on how to go about getting your tennis ball machine repaired or serviced, contact us on 01858 545789 or email us (sales@sportsequip.co.uk) with any ‘symptoms’ and we’ll get back to you.

 
 

Installation of new tennis posts into existing sockets

Tennis Posts without SocketsWe’re frequently asked if we can supply new tennis posts to fit an existing set of sockets.

As you can see from the link above, the answer is of course – yes!

The good news is that tennis post sockets can often be re-used, saving you the time, hassle and expense of having to re-install a new set into your tennis court.

However, the bad news is… not all tennis posts are manufactured to the same specifications.

Fortunately, help is only a few mouse clicks and tape measurements away.

Standard tennis postsIf you’d like us to supply you with a set of tennis posts to fit your existing sockets, simply provide us with a few measurements of your current tennis posts and sockets (depth, width, colour, shape etc) and we’ll be able to find a set of posts that will fit your current sockets perfectly.

Simply fill in this form:
http://www.sportsequip.co.uk/forms/tennis-posts-requirement-form.html

…and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

If you’d like further advice on any of our tennis posts (including items such as winders, handles, headline wires etc), please contact us on 01858 545789.

 
 

Tennis Ball Machines – Glossary of Common Terms

Lobster Elite Tennis Ball MachineBuying a new tennis ball machine can be a daunting experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with some of the terminology used. When selecting a tennis ball machine, it’s important to strike a good balance between the skill challenges offered by the machine and your budget. A beginner using one of the more advanced machines may find the range of features and level of skill required overwhelming. On the other hand, an advanced player using one of the more basic machines may not be challenged enough to improve.

The range of features on offer will vary depending on the make, model and perhaps more importantly, your budget.

Here we’ll try and clarify some of the important terms that you’ll come across when selecting your new tennis ball machine in our handy glossary of definitions.

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Product Spotlight: Ball Stop Netting Systems

Fixed / Portable Ball Stop Netting Systems

 
Steel Ball Stop System (PD200)Ball stop netting systems help prevent wayward balls hitting property or spectators and can also be used to divide pitches or section off certain playing areas. When positioned behind goals or targets, ball stop netting can also save time when retrieving balls from poorly aimed shots!

Last month we talked about the benefits of the new low cost ‘Portanet‘, a temporary ball stop system / pitch divider solution that can be configured in various ways to create a versatile netting system that can be set up in as little as ten minutes.

This month, we’ll take a closer look at some fixed and mobile ball stop alternatives that are suitable for use by clubs, schools and on shared pitches.

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