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VOL. 13, “NOVA NEWS IS GOOD NEWS”, FALL 2000
“A MODERN LOOK FOR A MODERN FAN”
Some of you may have heard
about the trend-setting Tennis Masters Series-Canada.
They made a daring move, which is already being duplicated by a
tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. This all came about with the hopes of attracting a younger
fan base. Keith Carpenter, Harry Fauquier and their Team at Tennex Systems,
Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, resurfaced the 12 courts for the Tennis
Masters Series-Canada. As in the
past, the courts were resurfaced with Combination Surface. The big change was the color…violet!
There has been a lot of
Players reported, “They all liked the color and could see the ball better
coming off the surface,” announced Harry Fauquier of Tennex Systems, Inc.
“I have not spoken to one player who said they didn’t like it,” said Jane Wynne,
A Dutch star relays, “It’s a very easy color on the eyes.”
Organizers of the tournament admit violet was not their first choice. Shades of pink and blue were tested, but it was found that none of those hues provided the contrast needed to see the yellow ball. Once the decision was reached to apply violet, organizers crossed their fingers and hoped for the best! Perhaps this is the biggest color change in tennis since the balls went from white to yellow in the ‘70’s!
|CHAGRIN VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB, OHIO|
Technology, Inc., specializes in the design and construction of tennis
facilities and athletic running tracks and has been in the business for 16
past September, Kevin Labadie and his Team at Site Technology completed an
indoor, nine-court job. They used
the Spray Pump system to apply Ultracushion at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club
choosing this method of application, Kevin saw a more even application of the
cushion materials. The nine courts
were finished sooner than expected, which allowed for more curing time.
the courts were indoors, there was some masking work that needed to be done.
It was necessary to have an additional laborer to manage the air hoses
and material movement with the pump.
By using the Spray Pump, the Team did not save any man-hours. The need for an additional laborer offset the shorter application time. Kevin thought it would probably save time and man-hours on an outdoor tennis court facility.
The Water Country amusement park, located in Portsmouth, NH, was recently surfaced with Classic Green Novaplay. Novaplay was the surface of choice, due to its durability.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2
USTC & TBA
Let’s Play Hockey Expo
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
The main goal of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)
is to grow the game of tennis by increasing the number of players and interest
in the sport. The ITF feels that if
games played at the tournament level are slowed, there will be longer rallies,
leading to more interesting matches. They
introduced a larger ball for major grass tournaments on a two-year trial period.
Several manufacturers, as well as the USTA, are marketing the larger ball
to new players. Rally length has
been 25% longer with a greater reaction time to the ball.
There are mixed opinions from players that have used the larger ball.
ITF indications are positive, with players having more confidence.
Court surfaces were tested at the same time as tennis
balls, measuring the coefficient of restitution on the ball and the traction
value of the surface. They found
that new acrylic surfaces are the most consistent tennis surfaces.
The ITF has three category levels to measure the pace of
a tennis court surface:
Nova Sports USA tested its tennis surfaces in 1998 and
again this year. We are very pleased with the consistent results.
The following tennis surfaces are classified by the ITF
as Category 2—Medium play:
ITF has a portable pendulum surface test machine that will perform on-site pace
test. This could have major implications for contractors in the future. We will
keep you informed of future developments.
Nova Sports USA has been an active member of the ITF for several years. We will continue to support the ITF and its goal to grow the game of tennis.
A VERY SPECIAL CAUSE
September 24, 2000, 23 Nova friends and family participated in The 12th
Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to help fight cancer.
Jimmy Fund provides vital financial assistance for the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, a world-renowned leader in discovering and developing innovative,
effective cancer therapies for children and adults.
Nova Sports USA would like to send a BIG “Thank you!” to all our friends, family and employees who helped raise over $4,000.00! Next year, we hope to raise even more.
we are again. Winding down another
surfacing season. Most of our
contractors experienced very bad weather, especially during the spring.
I think there is still work to be done in 2000, which was originally
planned for this year.
We had an interesting experience with the surface for
the Tennis Masters Series-Canada tournament in Toronto.
They wanted to see what the Tennis Masters logo colors would look like on
a tennis court. Nova produced
several samples of violet and magenta colored surfaces for trial on a court.
They chose a different shade of violet for the actual project.
I expected ugly courts, but the end result was attractive courts and
facility, favorable comments from the players, and happy tournament management.
One comment was that the color was soothing and the ball visibility
superior. Since the tournament,
some court owners have requested the same color for their courts. It is
available for a limited time as Canadian Violet.
Some requests for surface maintenance literature have
resulted in a sheet that explains some maintenance suggestions.
It is available on request. This
document is one that we can update as needed.
If you have any suggestions, please contact Kristin Blake.
remember that the days are getting shorter and the sun is at a low angle,
creating shadows. Lower
temperatures and dew points will require longer times for drying of waterborne
coatings. My advice is to limit
application to one coat per day. In
some cases in may be prudent to let several days go by between coats.
You must decide how much risk you are willing to take.
It’s not the greatest plan to have the last job you do this year become
the first one you must do next year.
Thanks for making 2000 the best sales year ever for Nova Sports USA.
Nova Sports U.S.A.
Bill Righter will be happy to answer any email inquiries: