US Open picks Laykold as new surface, embracing first change in New York since 1978!


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US Open picks Laykold as new surface, embracing first change in New York since 1978!

The first edition of the US Open took place in Newport, Rhode Island, back in 1881, remaining there until 1914. From 1924, the US Open found his home at the brand-new Forest Hills Stadium in New York, staying on the iconic site for more than 50 years and having the grass surface in every edition until 1974, switching to Har-Tru clay next year and keeping it for three seasons.

In 1978, the USTA National Tennis Center was ready to host the US Open in Flushing Meadows, Queens, on DecoTurf hard courts, with some of the most legendary players lifting the trophy in New York in the next 42 years. After more than four decades, the organizers of the last Major of the season (that wouldn't be the case in 2020, apparently) have decided to change the provider and signed a five-year partnership with Laykold.

The Advanced Polymer Technology company will resurface the Arthur Ashe and remaining courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with everyone hoping to host the players in the opening two weeks of September if the coronavirus allows the season to resume anytime soon.

Layklold has been the surface at the Miami Open and New York Open, providing the ground for six Challengers in France and five in the USA. "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 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 dramatically increases consistency in both court performance and court speed. The Laykold courts come with the most substantial environmental 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."