Court Surfaces; Indoor
Name the surface - Technology can duplicate it in vinyl
|When it comes
to applying technology to tennis court surfaces, few can rival the versatility
and predictability of the surface created and perfected by Mr. Ed Brodeur's
Supreme Court. Ray Kennedy in his 1980 Sports Illustrated article
"The Way the Ball Bounces," further describes his work: "Brodeur's
credibility is also enhanced by the fact that the art of creating tennis
courts has advanced to the point where he can roll out a customized surface
to suit the style of any type of player. "We can make it play like
grass, like clay, like cement or anything in between," he says. "We
can make it as soft as a worm or as hard as a rock. We can maximize the
spin effect of the ball or make it play as straight as railroad track.
In short, we can make the ball do anything we want it to."
With years of experience, technological advances, and extensive lab tests, Supreme Allweather Surfaces, Inc., the manufacturers of Supreme Court, have created a predictable performance tennis court surface. This unique predictability results from combinations of four variables when designing a specific Supreme Court surface. Taken one at a time, or collectively, a surface can be custom designed to meet specific objectives, whether professional, club or retirement community level of play. An understanding of these four primary variables will provide an appreciation of their effects on the game.
Traditionally in hard courts, only surface friction is used to effect ball speed and/or alter its trajectory and provide for desired footing. At the expense of maintenance in clay courts, surface movement and foot slide produce comfortably slower play. Being made of vinyl, Supreme has several other variations that can be employed during manufacturing to achieve the desired results. Specifically, Supreme is stretchable, so that ball or shoe contact will lift the surface ahead and allow desired give and travel.
Altering the elongation (stretch) and amount of free air (cushion) under the surface of Supreme affects the surface contact time prior to ball restitution (bounce). Two primary things happen during this micro second of additional time. First, the stretch allows for more surface to come in contact with the ball and accentuates the effects of the surface friction. Second, the stretch in the direction of ball travel allows the surface to slightly mound up in front of the ball. Controlling these primary factors allows for a predictable bounce.
These same alterations allow for the surface to give in the direction of foot travel prior to the foot coming to a dead stop (a slight movement similar to the slide on a clay court). This slight delay in abrupt stopping is used to minimize the energy absorption of lower body components. A true benefit of a stretchable fully cushioned surface.
Using these variables in combination with an acceptable coefficient of friction reduces the need to sacrifice biomechanical kindness by simply increasing friction. Benefits are three-fold: balls last longer.. .shoes last longer...legs last longer.
All surfaces are manufactured in the Supreme Allweather Surfaces' factory and are shipped in twelve foot wide rolls. They can be easily installed indoors and out, as a new surface, resurfacing over existing courts, and laid on difficult sub-bases; such as old cracked surfaces, courts with water problems, and rooftops. The entire court surface is installed in a matter of days and can be put into immediate use.
The surface creates its own playing platform, and, as such, easily bridges problem bases and substantial cracks. This is an ultimate cure for bases that are difficult to keep in repair because of natural ground or building movement. As a rooftop or parking garage court, visualize Outdoor Supreme as a heavy, impervious tarpaulin that runs end to end and side to side over any type of deck.
In addition to the ease of use and comfort of Supreme's indoor or outdoor use, remember, what is actually being played on is the same tennis court surface that has been the quality standard of the touring professionals for seventeen years.
"When you play with the best, you are the winner."