CLEVELAND, Ohio – You constantly hear competitors talking about leveling the playing field in their sport. When Tennis in the country coming to the apartments, it will not be a problem.
Before any of the women who entered the seven-day tournament could throw a ball to serve, the organizers had to ensure that the courts would be built in a perfect character.
Organizers have converted a concert venue, the Jacobs Pavilion, into a temporary tennis court that will include six courts for games 22-28. August.
“On TV, everyone wants to see a perfectly flat tennis surface,” said Kyle Ross, Topnotch Management tennis director. “They do not know what is downstairs, they do not know what went into it.”
What goes into it is 10,000 cubic feet of Geofoam, a lightweight filler material. A multi-level surface was created in front of the stage with a layer between foam and lanes. A court will weigh 40,000 pounds, he added.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s like any court we all know. But a lot is happening with the surface, and it has been a fascinating challenge to make a very gentle slope completely flat, so that we can have world-class tennis, ”said Topnotch President Sam Duvall.
The concert floor area actually slopes two feet down over 60 feet, and in some areas it slopes in two directions, so leveling was imperative, Duvall said. Over eight days, workers measured every inch of space.
“We need to match the feeling of this court as much as possible with the feeling of the external courts; they are just laid on asphalt, ”he said.
Ross said the main course near the stage “presented a very unique set of challenges”, while the secondary courts in the car park also required precise work. They were to be constructed in a 1% degree – enough for drainage, but not enough to notice a slope.
“It’s not your standard pavement project in the parking lot,” he said. “They came out well.”
The whole process is critical because a severely uneven playing surface can result in damage and lead to a bad reputation for the venue. The Cleveland agreement for the tennis tournament is an eight-year commitment with three in the Jacobs Pavilion.
The company also had to make sure that the court could be assembled and reassembled because several concerts were scheduled to take place after the main court was created. The concert calendar included Jason Mraz on August 13 and Lindsey Stirling on August 14. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will perform today – Thursday, August 19.
“We will all be here at 4 a.m. and do the final installation,” Ross said. “This process goes to the foam barrier, the cushion, the pitch itself, then the streaks on the pitch.” Then the final infrastructure – walls and LED panels – is put in place.
“Friday is a busy day,” he said.
The way the project came together strengthened Duvall’s confidence. “What I would like to do is bring a basketball game in here or bring volleyball. Now I can do anything that needs a planar surface that was perhaps a little more cost effective before, ”he said.
A few weeks ago, the court reappeared, with organizers making sure it fit the specifications of the US Open, which begins Monday, August 30 in New York. The player surface fits within the total area, which is 123 feet by 60 feet.
The best part for Topnotch is that the company now owns the foam and lanes. The 4-foot by 4-foot foam pieces and the 6-foot by 3-foot courts will all be stored locally, Duvall said.
“It’s our baby; we have to take care of it, ”Ross said. “It was always our plan to load it and load it.”
If you go
• Tennis in the Country will include 54 matches, with a field of 32 singles and 16 doubles competing for $ 300,000 and WTA placement points. “We have a strong playing field, a lot of top 50 players,” Ross said, adding No. 15 Jenn Brady is the top-seeded player coming in.
• Jacobs Pavilion is in 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland.
• The main course is in front of the stage; five other courts are in the parking lot and behind the Harbor Inn.
• Most tickets range from $ 15 to $ 65, although several-day packages are available.
• There is free admission to qualifying matches on Saturday 21 August. The gates open at 9; the competition begins at 10 p.m.
• Bally Sports Great Lakes carries coverage every day; here is the schedule. Competition at noon Sunday, Aug. 22, will be broadcast nationally, Ross said.
“Volunteer drivers are needed to ferry players between the site and the hotel and possibly the airport,” Ross said. Go to https://tennisintheland.my-trs.com/select_registrant_types.
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