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How to Choose a Tennis Net

The type of net you choose depends on frequency of use, the length of your playing season and the type of court surface. Courts with heavy usage and/or long playing seasons need a net that will last and look good over extended periods of time.

Once you choose the right net for your court, check out our step-by-step instructions for installing your tennis net.

What are Tennis Nets Made of?

The best tennis nets are made of braided net cord material and typically have double the mesh at the top 6 rows, side pockets for fiberglass dowels (that help hold the net taut) and vinyl-coated steel cables.

Choosing a Tennis Net - Braiding and Headbands

Braided nets are better than twisted because they're stronger and absorb more energy. When a ball hits the net it drops closer to the net instead of rebounding off it. Polyethylene and polyester make good net materials because they are resistant to fading from UV radiation and weather well. The type of court surface as well as personal preference dictates which headband is appropriate. Headbands are usually vinyl or polyester duck, often with double layers and 4 rows of lock stitching to hold the layers together. Nets with polyester duck headbands are better for hard courts than for soft courts, where surface material can easily stick to and stain the fabric. Vinyl headbands are more common on soft courts because they're easier to clean and more dirt resistant. However, balls can tend to skid wildly off vinyl headbands, which is less likely with a duck headband because the duck material absorbs the ball's energy and doesn't speed up the ball.

How to choose a tennis net - Single Braded Tennis NetChoosing a tennis net - double Braided tennis nets

Choosing a Tennis Net - Quality

Reading through tennis net suppliers’ literature can be very confusing. It seems that very few net specs really match up, and so it is impossible to compare apples to apples. People usually try to compare the diameter or thickness of the yarn used (2.8mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, or 4mm). But even this comparison is difficult at best and misleading at worst since there is no accepted industry standard for measuring yarn diameter, and trying to actually measure each brand yields many different diameters. Therefore, you simply cannot come up with an apples-to-apples comparison. But there are other elements that are inherent in a quality net. For example, an important consideration when talking about the diameter of net yarn is whether it is a solid core yarn or a non-core yarn. Solid core yarns are stronger and stretch less than non-core yarns, making them look and wear better over time.

Choosing a Tennis Net - Durability

Durability translates into better-looking nets and superior tennis courts. Double braided tennis nets are double stitched at the top six rows of the tennis net.  Double stitched tennis nets are ideal for courts with a high usage of play like a tennis club, school tennis teams and busy public courts.  Single braided tennis nets are more ideal for a home court or a home owner's association tennis court where there is not necessarily a high usage of play.  Generally, nets with thicker cord yarn will last longer.  The most common sizes are 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm braided mesh with the 4.0mm size lasting the longest.  As the braided mesh becomes thicker, the price point will increase also, so you will need to decided what the courts' needs are balanced with the price point you are looking to spend on the net.

When you are ready to buy a tennis court net, Do It Tennis offers several Tennis Nets from which to choose. You will find a larger selection of similar items in our Tennis Court Equipment category.

If you still have questions about what to look for when choosing a tennis net, or have any other tennis court maintenance related questions, please don't hesitate to call our court equipment specialist, toll free at (866) 900-3648 or return to our Buyer's Guide page for more information.

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Playing tennis isn’t just a pastime; it’s a lifestyle and an activity that brings excitement to a player’s life at all levels. Whether you’re just learning how to play the sport or competing in professional tournaments, you need equipment that can keep up with you on the court. This is where our collection of performance tennis gear can make all the difference. Do It Tennis is a tennis shop committed to your success in the sport. We’re an online tennis shop run by tennis players, for tennis players, so we know exactly what equipment can take your game to the next level. We offer the best selection and prices on performance tennis gear and accessories. We also have a wide range of pickleball and padel equipment for those interested in those two racquet sports. Browse our online tennis shop today to find the perfect combination of products for your athletic needs.

Tennis Racquets

Shop our huge selection of the best performance tennis racquets on the market featuring all the best-selling frames from all the top brands! Check out the most current technology in Babolat tennis racquets used by Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Leylah Fernandez; Head tennis racquets, used by Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Alexander Zverev, Coco Gauff, and Bianca Andreescu; Wilson tennis racquets, used by Aryna Sabalenka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ons Jabeur, Alex DeMinaur, Elina Svitolina, Grigor Dimitrov, and many more; Yonex tennis racquets, used by Elena Rybakina, Naomi Osaka, Ben Shelton, Casper Ruud, Jessica Pegula, and Frances Tiafoe ; and Tecnifibre Tennis Racquets, used by Daniil Medvedev and the world’s number one, Iga Swiatek.

For help discovering which tennis racquet is right for your style of play, check out our tennis racquet F.A.Q. page.

Tennis Shoes

Take the wear and tear off of your knees and hips with a brand-new pair of tennis shoes designed for the high-impact nature of tennis. Don’t take just any pair of tennis shoes out on the court. Treat your feet right with tennis shoes made for your style of play. Get the latest technology for injury prevention with a Michelin outsole found in Babolat tennis shoes, the Ortholite Sock Liner found in K-Swiss tennis shoes, the DynaFit Upper found in Asics tennis shoes, the Adaptive lacing system on Adidas tennis shoes, and the Quicklace system specifically designed for Wilson junior shoes.

We also offer an extensive collection of shoes for pickleball, and shoes for padel.

Court Equipment

Do It Tennis carries the industry's largest selection of tennis, pickleball, and padel court equipment. Keeping your court in good condition, all year long, is easy when everything you need is at your fingertips. We sell tennis and pickleball court equipment packages; Har-Tru, Edwards, and Douglas tennis nets and posts, as well as Bakko and Rally Master backboards. For individual training, be sure to check out our selection of Lobster, Sports Tutor, and Playmate tennis ball machines. The Playmate tennis ball mower makes cleanup time a breeze. If you are a professional or want to save money in the long run, you can keep your racquet performing longer and save money with your very own tennis stringing machine.

Building it yourself? Then see our tennis court installation page for more information.

Tennis Bags

Keep it all with you whenever and wherever you need it. Order your new pro bag, 6-pack or tournament bag today! Check out all the latest Rafa, Pure, Evo, and Club Babolat tennis bags; Coco, Pro, Tour, Gravity, Extreme, and Radical, Head tennis bags, the Rackpack and All Vision Tecnifibre tennis bags, Pro and Team Yonex tennis bags; and the Tour, Team, Roland-Garros, US Open, Federer and Advantage Wilson tennis bags.

We also have a large selection of cute tennis bags for women who love to arrive at the court in style. Fashion meets function in these designer tennis bags from cinda b, Ame & Lulu, Cortiglia, Nice Aces and SportsChic.

A Large Selection of Tennis Apparel

It's not just about tennis racquets...

At Do It Tennis, our focus is to help you get the most out of your purchases so that you look and perform your best on the court. We offer a wide array of performance tennis apparel at great prices. The apparel brands we carry offer cutting edge technologies that are designed to provide a dynamic fit, all around protection and superior ventilation. Our women's tennis apparel collection includes women's tennis skirts, tennis shorts, shorties & tights, polos, dresses, tanks and warm-ups. Our men's tennis apparel collection includes tennis polos, tennis shorts, t-shirts, crew neck's, warm-up's and jackets. If you are looking for team tennis uniforms, we offer discounts of up to 20%. You can see our selection and prices in our team section.

For those who are looking for a deals on last season’s tennis apparel, check out our Clearance Sale Section with plenty of discounts on apparel items.

Read our Tennis Blog

Product reviews, tennis how tos, and tournament news

Long gone are the days of walking into your local Pro Shop and discussing each product with the owner. At Do It Tennis our commitment to our customers doesn't stop at checkout. Get the most out of your online shopping experience by visiting our tennis blog for up-to-date information on the latest products written by our team of tennis players who want you to get the right product for you budget, your game and your playing style.

Also found on our blog is a complete list of product videos. Images on the web often lack depth and perception, so our team of professionals endures the lights and camera to explore each product with you, describing the technology, advantages and/or disadvantages as they apply.

We always encourage our customers to participate, leave comments and provide suggestions on our blog, or visit our social media pages to join others in the tennis conversation.

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We know that there are many places online to purchase your tennis gear. What makes Do It Tennis stand out from the rest, other than our stellar customer service and our commitment to knowledge is our constantly rotating promotions and offers.

From free shipping to free tennis bags, and 20% off to BOGO, this is your place to see what deals are running right now, what products on sale site-wide and what products have just been released.

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