USTA Selects Sport Group’s Laykold as the New Court Surface for the US Open

 

The USTA announced that following an extensive RFP process, Laykold has been selected as the new court surface for the US Open and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The new agreement is in place for five years. The 2020 US Open begins on Monday, August 24 with US Open Fan Week and the US Open Qualifying Tournament.  The Main Draw of the 2020 US Open runs from August 31, through September 13.

The new Laykold courts will be manufactured by Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), a member of Sport Group, the world’s largest business dedicated to sports surfaces. APT is unique in the industry for its fully integrated global supply chain – from raw materials to installation.  This integrated supply chain will allow for the consistency in court quality control, playing performance and sustainability. Laykold courts are the only courts with vapor barrier designed specifically for the court system, which also greatly increases consistency in both court performance and court speed.

The Laykold courts also come with the strongest environment credentials in the industry.  APT is the only ISO 14001 environmental-certified court manufacturer in the world.  As such, they are fully compliant with all aspects of sustainability and aligned with the USTA’s sustainability commitments and values.

“At the conclusion of the complete transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, we felt it was time to explore all new approaches and technologies to court surfacing,” said Danny Zausner, Chief Operating Officer of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  “During this exploration, Laykold quickly rose to the top, and working with them, we are confident we will have the best-playing and best-performing courts in the world.”

“Laykold has been trusted in the tennis court industry for 75 years and to add the US Open to our roster of major events around the world is a landmark moment for us,” said Jim Sacco, Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Polymer Technology.  “We have been waiting for an opportunity to showcase our quality at the world’s biggest tennis tournament, and we are delighted to have been chosen.  We are grand slam ready.”

Laykold also provides court surfaces for many professional tennis events and professional tennis exhibitions around the world, including the Miami Open and New York Open. The USTA has previously utilized Laykold at three Fed Cup ties held in the United States. 

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Sport Group
Employing over 1,900 people and operating in 70 countries, Sport Group is the largest business dedicated to sports surfaces. Sport Group’s global businesses include AstroTurf, Polytan and APT. Sport Group’s global product brands are market leaders; LigaTurf (soccer) is used at FIFA headquarters, Rekortan (tracks) is used at the most Diamond League venues and Poligras (field hockey) has been used at 7 Olympic Games including Tokyo 2020, Laykold (courts) is used at the US Open, Miami Open, New York Open, and Fed Cups. 

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Advanced Polymer Technology (APT)
A member of Sport Group, APT is a global manufacturer of sport surfaces including Laykold (acrylic courts) and LigaTurf and Poligras (synthetic turf). From Olympic stadiums to community facilities, APT creates safe, reliable, high performance surfaces. APT is an advanced chemical company, with research and development undertaken by chemists working with sports professionals to establish the specific characteristics required to assist athletes in performing at their very best.

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Laykold
Manufactured by APT, Laykold is Sport Group’s global court brand. It is the choice of premier tennis facilities across the world, including the Miami Open (since 1985), the New York Open, Fed Cup, and from 2020 the US Open and Western Southern Open. The Laykold range includes a wide variety of hard court, cushion court, and turf systems. Laykold is the only court brand with gel technology, these courts provide greater force reduction and are made from 60% renewal materials.

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USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com
or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

For more information, contact:
Chris Widmaier, USTA Communications, (914) 696-7284, widmaier@usta.com
Jessica McManus, Laykold Marketing Manager, +1 724 452 3034, mcmanus@advpolytech.com

Sport Group to Grow Brands – New Group Marketing Director

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Sport Group CEO, Frank Dittrich, recently announced the hiring of Richard Tattershaw in the newly created role of Group Marketing Director for the world’s largest business dedicated to sport surfaces.

This is part of Sport Group’s mission to transform the business of sport and space which will be delivered by an integrated global value chain, technology leaps, knowledge sharing and strong brands that deliver customer excitement and confidence.

Sport Group’s brands such as AstroTurf, Polytan, Melos, Rekortan and SYNLawn are leaders in all major global markets and are the choice of the Olympics and FIFA.

Sport Group is investing in Laykold as the group’s global court brand, a category in the industry that has suffered from limited innovation over the years. Laykold’s gel courts are a technology leap and the brand is helping deliver customer ambitions by transforming the Hard Rock Stadium into the new home of the Miami Open.

For more information, please visit www.sportgroup-holding.com

AstroTurf and APT Partner with U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that AstroTurf will join the Foundation as a national partner of its Safe Places to Play program. Through this partnership, both the Foundation and AstroTurf seek to grow the sport of soccer and positively impact communities throughout the U.S. by building synthetic turf fields across the country.

By building these fields, the Foundation and AstroTurf are working to increase the number of safe and accessible places where both youth and adults can play soccer. This partnership is part of the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, a field-building and enhancement program that creates safe playing spaces by transforming underutilized spaces into state-of-the-art soccer fields.

“Soccer is a vehicle for immense, positive social change. The efforts of the U.S. Soccer Foundation over the past 20 years provide children and aspiring players access to fields, acrylic courts and programming that makes a direct impact in local communities,” said AstroTurf Director of Soccer, Anthony DiCicco. He continued, “AstroTurf, by partnering, first, with the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) and now with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, is proud to provide support, resources and our 50-plus years of field-building expertise to these incredible organizations doing the work of improving soccer for all.”

“We are very excited to have AstroTurf as a national partner for the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “AstroTurf is a leader in synthetic turf and construction and we look forward to working together to give children safe environments where they can play soccer and enjoy the game’s many health and social benefits.”

As a national partner, AstroTurf will provide the means to assist non-profit organizations looking to build synthetic turf fields in their respective communities by supplying them with all necessary turf needs. Non-profit organizations can apply for Safe Places to Play grants from the Foundation to cover a portion of the costs of synthetic turf fields. The Spring 2017 cycle for these grants is now open for organizations, with letters of interest due February 3. Other Safe Places to Play grant opportunities for lighting, irrigation and sport court with national partners Musco Sports Lighting, Hunter Industries, and Sport Court are also available.

Organizations that do not receive a grant, but want to build a synthetic turf field in their community, can also work with the Foundation to get preferred pricing. For more information about the grants and preferred pricing, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

AstroTurf joins another SportGroup company, APT, as a National Partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. APT, using their Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system, are underway building an estimated 500 courts across the country as part of a relationship that began in the Fall of 2015. Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. APT’s Laykold Masters surfacing system has been used nationwide to turn abandoned spaces into colorful, fun places for children to enjoy sports activities.

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About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.

 

About AstroTurf®

For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. For questions or inquiries, contact Anthony DiCicco at adicicco@astroturf.com.

 

About APT and Laykold®

The Laykold family of systems are acrylic sports surfaces that can be customized to achieve the desired performance, playability and appearance, making it an incredibly cost-effective way to breathe new life into asphalt or concrete surfaces. Low maintenance and resurfacing costs can extend a court’s playing life or transform it completely. Laykold is manufactured in APT’s ISO 9001 and 14001 certified factory in Harmony PA. APT is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, high performance and environmentally friendly sports and recreational surfacing systems. For more information, visit www.laykold.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laykold – Surface of Choice for Nike Stanton Street Courts by KAWS

The Project:

APT’s Laykold Masters was chosen as the surface for Nike’s latest campaign New York Made.  Working in partnership with the New York City Parks and Rec Department, Nike kicked off this campaign with two new courts on Stanton Street, inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

But these aren’t just any courts…. These courts were designed by Brian Donnelly, professionally known as KAWS, a New York-based artist of limited edition toys and clothing. Some of his achievements over the years include the design of MTV’s Moon Man statue for the MTV Video Music Awards, various magazine covers, as well as cover art and merchandise designs for high profile recording artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

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Making It Happen:

Laykold has a strong reputation in the sports court market, including being the surface of the Miami Open since 1984. Teamed with APT’s expert technical and customer service staff, the decision was simple, and the Laykold Masters Gel system was chosen as the preferred surface.

Time was definitely of the essence for this project. APT’s Product Manager, Wesley Baum, worked directly with the artist and matched twenty seven custom colors in only a few days!

APT’s production facility ran two crews on ten hour shifts, in order produce and ship the custom colors as they were approved. This kept the installation team, long time Laykold partner Ace Surfaces of Altamonte Springs FL, working continuously. The turn around time for the base material components and twenty seven custom matched top coat colors was only 11 days! But the action certainly didn’t stop there…

Making Art Come To Life:

As APT’s staff was working to match and produce the material, Ace Surfaces was hard at work with surface preparations on site as well as preparing the design. “Due to the complexity of the artwork, the design had to be transferred from a drawing to CAD, and from CAD onto the court using Laser Mapping technology,” said Kyle Smallwood of Ace Surfaces.

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After the surface preparations and base layers were installed, came the detail work. Ace Surface’s crew used just under five miles of tape to mask out the design on the court!

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Smallwood said, “We had over one thousand man hours, from Ace Surface’s crew alone, in the painting and surface install of the court.” The entire installation, from milling up the asphalt to project completion was only eighteen days!

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Another top-notch project that will go down in APT and Laykold history!

Nobody covers the court like Laykold!

Jessica McManus

Photo credits: Nike and Ace Surfaces

Anyone for Tennis? 10 New Courts await at Mt Lawley, WA

Known for being one of the greatest tennis clubs in Perth, Mt Lawley has continued to be the club to play at by re-designing their hard-courts, and surfacing with the new Laykold Colorflex sports surface system installed by Westcoast Synthetic Surfacing.

This popular surface is ITF classified, slip-resistant, UV tolerant and has proven increased usage at the club. The 10 new Laykold courts compliment their 14 natural grass tennis courts.

Installation by West Coast Synthetic

Installation by West Coast Synthetic

Installation by West Coast Synthetic

Laykold Masters at Hamburger Tennis Verband e.V.

Hamburger Tennis Verband e.V, Hamburg Germany, is proudly showing off their newly installed Laykold Masters tennis courts. The club chose the same eye-catching purple and green color scheme that is showcased at the Miami Open.

Check out the gorgeous new courts below and stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more installation photos and news from this season’s projects!

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