Tennis Industry magazine


All-Around Excellence

RSI and the ASBA bring you the best in tennis court construction.

By Peter Francesconi

Once again, we’ve joined forces with the American Sports Builders Association (formerly the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association) to bring you examples of excellence in court construction. Each year, based on entries submitted by an ASBA member, whether a contractor, designer, or supplier, the association selects outstanding tennis facilities that meet the standard of excellence determined by the judging committee.

For the 2004 contest, 23 courts or tennis facilities were deemed to be outstanding by the panel of judges. But two were chosen for special honors: The WaterColor Tennis Center at WaterColor Resort in Seagrove Beach, Fla., was named the Tennis Facility of the Year, and the multipurpose Thorbeckes Fit Life Center in Chehalis, Wash., was selected as the Indoor Facility of the Year.

The WaterColor Tennis Center, completed in June 2003, is a state-of-the-art facility with five Hydrocourts (including one stadium court with terraced seating), a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse in a “Southern Coastal” design, coordinating maintenance building, and custom cypress fence and shade shelters. Amenities for tennis players run the gamut, from seating at courtside to a pro shop, restaurant, p.a. system, etc.

To build the courts, Tennis Systems Inc., of Crawfordville, Fla., had to stabilize the soil to a depth of 18 inches due to the sandy conditions. The unique fence design was constructed using 460-pound cypress posts then, two three-man crews fabricated on-site 10-foot by 10-foot wood and chain-link panels.

Thorbeckes Fit Life Center is a multipurpose athletic facility that combines three synthetic turf courts with weight training, rock climbing, gymnastics, a therapy area, soccer and a restaurant. The project, which was completed in March 2004, has a total area of 56,000 square feet.


Tennis Facility of the Year: WaterColor Tennis Center

General contractor: Tennis Systems Inc., Crawfordville, Fla.
Specialty contractor: Ritzman Tennis
Surface: Lee Tennis
Fencing: Tennis Systems Inc.
Nets, net posts, line tapes: Lee Tennis
Lighting: LSI Industries
Shade shelters: Tennis Systems Inc.


Indoor Facility of the Year: Thorbeckes Fit Life Center

Specialty contractor: Atlas Track & Tennis, Tualatin, Ore.
Surface: California Products
Synthetic turf: Grass Manufacturers Pty. Ltd.
Indoor curtains: M. Putterman & Co.
Nets and straps: Court 1 Sports
Net posts: Douglas Sports Nets & Equipment

Taking the Prize

In addition to the WaterColor Tennis Center and Thorbeckes Fit Life Center, these 21 locations were chosen by the 2004 panel of judges for the ASBA as outstanding examples of court construction. You’ll read more about them in upcoming issues of Racquet Sports Industry. (The nominating company is in parentheses.)

For details of the 2005 Outstanding Tennis Facility Awards, contact the ASBA at 410-418-4875 or e-mail

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About the Author

Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.



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