Technology In Fast-Dry Courts
Tennis innovation moves beyond the world of racquets and shoes
Technology must seem like an anomaly to most tennis aficionados since most
associate fast-dry (clay type) courts with the past and not with the future.
For years the only changes in the fast-dry court world consisted of improvements
in equipment used to take care of the courts. As significant as these improvements
were they didn't really qualify as high technology.
Most high technology you read about in the tennis world is always with racquets and shoes. When mentioned in the court surface world it usually refers to someone trying to make a hard court softer and more comfortable. If this was possible, you could simply do it with shoes and not worry about the surface. What gives the comfort and the reduced body injuries is the slide of the surface. Any surface with positive traction will be hard on your body, because all the energy of a sudden stop is transferred down through the joints of your hips and legs with each stop. What the average lifetime player really wants is a fast-dry type court with the slide, comfort, cool surface temperature and the feel he loves. Up 'til now this was not practical in some situations because of the ongoing maintenance costs and water usage.
How can such a simple system have such an impact on tennis courts? Well, for the first time the players and the owners can both get what they want; comfortable courts with the slide and feel of fast-dry with low maintenance and low water use that make them inexpensive to maintain. This makes fast-dry courts practical in almost any situation.
All the comfort and benefits of playing on fast-dry with no down time for watering, and with a fraction of the maintenance cost and water usage of conventional fast-dry courts.
The engineers at Lee Tennis worked with the HydroCourt system for years before it developed and matured into the product you see today. Lee Tennis took over HydroCourt two years ago, and, with the support of a strong name behind it, HydroCourt has taken off and now has hundreds of courts all over the U.S. - and a growing world market as well.
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