Plexipave, the world’s largest manufacturer of acrylic sports surfacing systems, announced that The BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters, is using the Plexipave tennis surface for the 15th consecutive year.
The Plexipave System was specifically manufactured to meet the rigorous demands of the tournament at Indian Wells challenged by the warm, dry, desert climate.
“The players like the speed of play here. The court speed coupled with the dry air of the desert environment is what provides for the favorable conditions that are here for the players.” says BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director, Steve Simon.
The BNP Paribas Open features the finest men and women’s players competing in the second largest tennis stadium in the world: the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Players this year will include Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer. WTA participants will include top ranked Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska.
The unique ATP Masters signature Pro-Purple court color scheme (shown above) was originally selected by Tournament Director Charlie Pasarell improves visibility for players, fans and television viewers.
“We are very happy with the Pro-Purple as it provides great contrast which is critical for viewing the ball. The special colors showcase the ultimate in tennis entertainment to the fans. We have worked seamlessly with Plexipave to create the very best in tennis court performance.” says Simon
The 2013 tennis season began with the Plexicushion® Prestige surface at the Australian Open series. Plexipave tennis surfaces are regularly selected for use at the world’s most prestigious tennis events. Plexipave has authorized applicators around the globe that are trained to install the surface that is known for its consistent speed of play, true ball bounce, durability, low maintenance, vibrant long lasting colors, and overall customer value. Plexipave Sport Surfacing Systems is a division of California Products Corporation.
Plexipave (UK) is the exclusive autrhorised agent for all Plexipave & Plexicushion tennis surfaces in the UK
This essential annual service replaces any clay lost during the year through wind and water erosion, and ensures that the courts are in tip-top condition and ready for the new season.
Har-Tru clay courts have been installed throughout the UK since 1994. Made from billion-year-old Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, USA, the natural green color of Har-Tru is classically clay and instantly recognizable.
Har-Tru is extremely angular, a very important quality when it comes to clay court construction. The angularity helps the particles lock together to form a stable, durable playing surface.
Maintaining clay courts is relatively simple. A few daily routines can keep Har-Tru courts looking and playing great for years to come. These routines can take as little as 15 minutes a day and involve three things: brushing, watering, and rolling.
In addition to the Har-Tru courts, White Horse Tennis Centre also has six indoor Plexipave courts – the surface of the Australian Open. Repainted in 2011 with Plexipave IW in attractive purple & green colours, the courts were specifically slowed down to aid coaching & teaching.
Plexipave (UK) is the authorised UK agent for Plexipave, Plexicushion & Har-Tru.
In the last decade, we have seen dominance in tennis like never before.
In the ensuing trophy ceremony, Murray would note Djokovic’s command of Melbourne Park, saying: “There’s very few people who’ve managed to do what he’s done tonight. A very well-deserved champion. So well done, again.”
To a delightedly cheering crowd, Djokovic couldn’t stop beaming as he held the trophy in his arms.
“What a joy, to win this title again. … It’s my favorite Grand Slam, my most successful Grand Slam, I love this court,” he said.
It’s obvious why.
He slips and slides and squeaks and glides on the blue composite surface at the Happy Slam. His topspin forehands seem to bounce uncomfortably high at his opponents’ chests, and his flattened backhands whip across the net at unreachable, lightning speeds.
Congratulations to Novak Djokovic. Can he make it seven Down Under like his fellow contemporaries have at their respective domains? Only time will tell.
The 2013 Australian Open marks the sixth consecutive year that the grand slam event has selected Plexipave’s Plexicushion Prestige surfacing system.
Plexicushion is selected because of its ability to provide consistent playing characteristics. The surface allows world-class players to compete with a variety of playing styles while enduring the hot, dry summers of Australia.
“Plexipave is an excellent surface for players of all levels,” said Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director. “It is well suited to the dry climate of Australia and requires no watering or daily maintenance. Plexicushion is a great surface because the consistent ball bounce allows the player to concentrate on the ball not the surface and play for extended periods because of the resilient surface composition.”
The signature Australian Open colors, “True Blue” and “Velocity Blue” developed specifically for the tournament in 2007, are distinctive and enhance ball visibility for players and spectators. Plexicushion’s “True Blue” has been a significant part of Tennis Australia’s commitment to reinvigorate Australian tennis. Centers throughout Australia and Asia Pacific have installed Plexicushion.
The Australian Open lead up events in Auckland, Qatar, Sydney, Hobart, and Brisbane also compete on Plexicushion Prestige. Plexipave is also used at ATP and WTA Tournaments such as Delray Beach, and Indian Wells.
World number three, Andy Murray, has shared that the blue Plexicushion surface of Australian Open’s Rod Laver Arena suits him and he is happy that players have changed their mind to boycott next year’s event at the Melbourne Park.
The British number one said in a recent interview, ”I actually prefer the court at the Australian Open, the balls as well. I think that surface is probably a little bit better for me. I feel I played some of my best tennis there over the last few years. I love the centre court there. I like the conditions on it. Yeah, it’s a good court for me.”
However, Murray revealed that he never wanted to protest by staying away from the Australian Open, as he loves to play this event.
The 25-year-old has a very good record at the Australian Open, having lost to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the 2010 and 2011 finals respectively. This year, Murray lost a hard fought battle at the hands of Novak Djokovic in five sets in the semis.
After losing in four straight Grand slam finals, Murray became the first player from his country to capture a Major, when he defeated Djokovic in the final of this year’s US Open.
Plexipave UK, a leading tennis court construction company, provide this surface for the UK tennis market.