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

Eric Haslow Joins APT

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Recently joining Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), a member of Sport Group, is Eric Haslow as Director of Business Development.

APT is a global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials and acrylic coatings for the sports and protective coatings market.  And as a member of Sport Group, APT is connected to a portfolio of world renowned brands which are unmatched in performance and high quality.

Eric brings 20+ years’ experience in sports and commercial surfacing, having worked for several globally respected manufacturers, such as Connor Sports, Tarkett, Gerflor, and TOLI.  His experience with manufacturing and product development has consistently generated growth, while continually building successful product lines and brands.  Eric’s history of interacting with and managing sales channels, as well as creating new market paths via B2B and B2C experiences, is a welcome addition to the global brands within APT and Sport Group.

The Municipality of Miraflores Inaugurates Two New Laykold Surfaces

In an effort to promote health and sports to the region, the Municipality of Miraflores in Lima Peru sought ways to rejuvenate two unused concrete sport slabs at Redondo Beach, in the beautiful Costa Verde area. The first sport slab being an official professional measurement, and the second slab being amateur measurement.

Team Laykold partner Menbel Sports, native to Peru, was quick to lend a hand in the effort, offering their installation services at no cost. APT – Advanced Polymer Technology, the manufacturer of Laykold acrylic court surfaces, also jumped in to assist on the project by donating all materials.

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In fact, Laykold is no stranger to the area. More than 15 years ago, one of the courts at Canchas Municipales de tenis was surfaced with Laykold. Of all the courts in the park, the Laykold court is still performing as though it were a brand new surface, even after almost 20 years!

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Canchas Minicipales de tenis Miaraflores – 20 year old Laykold courts

 

Now that the installation is complete, these colorful new Laykold sports courts can be seen from the popular Larcomar shopping mall, located on the hillside just above.

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The Municipality of MiraFlores is thrilled with their new Laykold sport surfaces. During the inauguration at Redondo Beach, Mayor Jorge Munoz was quoted as saying, “The municipality is implementing different spaces through programs that promote physical activity, as well as a healthy lifestyle that contribute to the development of comprehensive health of people.”

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Laykold is happy to have assisted the town of Miraflores in the first of many sports projects to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle for the people in the local community! Congratulations on your new Laykold sport surfaces!

 

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

AstroTurf and SYNLawn Brands Join APT and SportGroup

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APT Advanced Polymer Technology’s business as a member of SportGroup® has some exciting news:

After a period of remarkable growth, the time has come for the next chapter in the history of the SportGroup®, and indeed of the sports surfacing industry.  In order to complete the line-up of products and systems, the AstroTurf® and SYNLawn® brands will join the SportGroup. We will be able to truly support American clients as a full service provider of sport and recreation turf.

I have been employed with the SportGroup® since 2009, having had the privilege of serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp. in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  Over the last several years, I have witnessed an unparalleled growth in the sport surfacing market, especially the athletic sport turf and landscape turf segments. It has been extremely gratifying to see the hard work of our and AstroTurf’s sales, installation and R&D teams pay off and to be able to finally join forces to become the quality leader in America.

This acquisition comes at the right time and will create one of the largest outdoor sports surfacing companies in the world. Not only that, it forges a team of dedicated sports surfacing brands that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies.  Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

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  • Highly evolved American Football turf systems selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • More RootZone® products and installations than any other provider on the market
  • Legendary running track brands from APT Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), including Rekortan®
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos®
  • Leading tennis court surface systems from APT, including Laykold®
  • Most advanced “green” technologies from APT, including TuftGuard® and Qualipur® adhesives

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is a global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks, with a >€340 million annual turnover (2015) and around 1,000 employees. The company maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and operates in more than 70 countries. It has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks. It is a supplier of both fields and tracks to the Olympic Games. Its leading core companies include Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, with brands like Rekortan®, Spurtan®, GridIron®, LigaTurf®, Supergrasse®, Poligras®, Dynapoint® and Laykold®.

The union of these global brands will usher in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.

We look forward to all this partnership has in store! As always, our sales reps across the country and our team in Harmony, Pennsylvania and the new team in Dalton, Georgia, are available to answer any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact your regional representative or Sydney Stahlbaum at 512-423-5164/ sstahlbaum@astroturf.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Andreas M. Schulze Ising

President/CEO

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Laykold at the Biltmore Tennis Center

APT and Laykold are proud to show off the new Laykold Dark Blue and Medium Green ColorCoat courts at the Biltmore Tennis Center, in Coral Gables FL. The courts were originally built by Team Laykold partner Agile Courts Construction Company back in the late 1970’s. The facility won the USTA court of the year for a public facility in 1981. Prior to this February 2016 resurfacing, the courts have only been resurfaced twice with Laykold. That’s an average of 12 years per surfacing! Laykold provides incredible results even in the demanding climate of south Florida.

Laykold – Nobody Covers the Court Like Us!

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Picture Perfect

The Mutitjulu Community can now enjoy multi-sports with the stunning view of Ayres Rock in the background.

500m2 of dual coloured Laykold surface has catapulted the extremely weathered bare asphalt tennis court at Uluru into the 21st Century. Thanks to NT Sports & Playground Surfacing, who installed the Mutitjulu Community with their new multi-sports court with line marking and equipment for basketball and tennis.

The original court was initially ground back and 2 coats of Laykold base coat was applied to fill the deep voids and cracks in the old, extremely weathered court. A layer of asphalt transformer was applied, followed by 2 additional coats of Laykold top coat.

Laykold’s hard wearing qualities, bright colours and reduced slip texture make it the perfect choice for the extreme environment of the Northern Territory outback.

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Brightening Up Redcliffe Primary School

Westcoast Synthetic Surfacing has brightened up the school day and made playtime more enjoyable for the kids at Redcliffe Primary School WA, by resurfacing the quadrangle with our highly durable & colourful Laykold surface.

The old badly cracked, bare & uneven asphalt was ground right back, primed with Base Coat and a reinforcing membrane applied to cover the extensive cracks. 2 coats of Resurfacer and a further 2 top coats of Laykold in dual colours to finalise the transformation from drab to fab!

Colourful line marking has enabled this hard-wearing area to be utilised for a variety of sports, and after installing new dual purpose goal posts, the project was ready for the rigorous demands of the Redcliffe Primary School cohort.

The anti-slip properties of the Laykold surface mean that students can safely utilise the area in both wet & dry weather – no mess, no worries.

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