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[tennisbiz] Re: Tennis Cage for Mall Event

From: Joe Dinoffer <>
Date: Fri 1 Aug 2003 07:43:23 -0500

<x-charset iso-8859-1>I think your main decision in setting up a cage will be the frame and which
materials to use and where to secure them. Also, you may have weight
considerations. Windscreen or netting material can be acquired from a dozen
companies including Douglas, Putterman, Cissell, and my own company, Oncourt
Offcourt, to name a few.

For the frame, galvanized steel tubing would be the sturdiest but it weighs
a lot. Picture the standard tubing in a trade show that has drapes and you
will get the idea. Another option would be PVC. Just remember to put enough
supports to make it stable. Then, the netting or windscreen material gets
connected easily enough with tie wraps that are disposable.

Either of these 4 options are time consuming, would have to be custom-made,
and will cost a fair amount of money.

Steel tubing with netting
Steel Tubing with windscreens
PVC with netting
PVC with windscreens


We have a machine that retails for under $300 and includes a retrieval
system and a ball machine (works with A/C or batteries). The only thing is
that the netting system is 6 1/2 X 6 1/2 feet in size. But, with the proper
placement, perhaps against a wall, this might be your answer. It is a new
product and people are not familiar with it yet at all. Here's a link to see
a photo. Hope this helps. Click below:


If you like this option, I would "borrow" some PVC barriers that you see in
malls all the time. This will create a "playing area" or "hitting alley" and
should solve your problem easily. And, the bonus is that you get a training
aid you can use in schools, at clubs, or in someone's garage or basement!

Joe Dinoffer
Oncourt Offcourt
Toll-free 1-88-TENNIS-11

Received on Fri Aug 01 2003 - 10:04:11 CDT

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