Court Sweeping “Invention”

Bill & the sweeper
Bill & the sweeper
Many times the traditional court sweeping brushes don’t do a good job at lightly smoothing out the courts. Here is an “invention” that does the job better and helps in recycling at the same time!

Naples and New Hampshire tennis friend Bill Simonton, had his northern club put together a device that he first saw done by Naples’ Hal Harder. The simple concept is to take part of a used tennis court net, fold it over several times, run a PVC pipe through the end and tie off with a rope to use as a pully.

I used the device at Bill’s club and it did a good job of smoothing out the court AND picking up leaves (better than the brush does).

Thanks to Bill and Hal for the idea.

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8 thoughts on “Court Sweeping “Invention”

  1. Does it get hung up on any of the lines? I know the brooms tend to dry out the courts thats why the mats are used, how about the net? Like it.

  2. If you don’t have a net to recycle, here’s something else that works well for initial sweeping of a tennis court in late Spring: Use an appropriately-sized tarp, sweep or rake old debris from the court (pine needles, leaves, old har-tru) onto it, and pull it around the court, grabbing it by the 4 corners. The weight of the debris can be varied; the width of the tarp and the quantity of material gives more weight and a better distribution of weight than a sweeper brush.

    Perhaps consult with Dr. Simonton to take my primitive device and transform it into a usable sweeper throughout the season?!

  3. George,
    This is what you see a lot in Europe. Players over there actually clean their court after they play ; wouldn’t that be nice to start that over here? If you want to buy one of these they are called “drag mats” and range in price from $450 to a reasonable $125. They are great because they don’t dry out the court and are not heavy like a metal brush. Link to site is

  4. Larry, yes, i had priced the drag mats and were put off by the high end price; but agree they do a better job. thanks,

  5. Nick – Interesting use of “trash”! And congrats on a successful singles and doubles tournament this weekend! george

  6. I play regularly at an old fashioned red clay court club called Logan outside of Philadelphia. (Fellow Tennis Fantasy camper Mark Benjamin is also a member.) At our club, the players vacating a court always sweep the court and the lines after every session, even if it is only a set or a 15 minute warm up/ hit. This is part of the club’s culture and it is done religiously and without anyone needing to be reminded. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times that anyone has even needed reminding about this in the four years that I have been a member. I am surprised to hear that people may not be as courteous at other clubs, but I suppose it is a matter of their culture. At Logan, with only a few exceptions, everyone is pretty friendly and courteous to the other members and their guests at all times. It is kind of a throw back to an era when things were more civilized.

    Marty – i agree… not sweeping a court is the exception. thanks. george

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