Tennis Industry magazine


In peak form

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

By Peter Francesconi

The 2009 winners of the RSI/American Sports Builders Association Facility-of-the-Year Awards include seven residential court winners — the largest number for that category in a long time — and they truly show off the skill and attention to detail ASBA members devote to their projects. Also, though, there’s a large crop of public and school facilities, with 10 of the 26 winners falling into those categories, possibly indicating a willingness to spend for excellent tennis facilities to help increase overall tennis participation.

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 2009, the panel of judges deemed 26 courts or facilities to be worthy of special recognition. Three of those winners, however, were chosen for “Outstanding” honors:

The Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., received the Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award. A premier collegiate facility, the new Biszantz center is located at Claremont McKenna College and was the site of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships (hosted by Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps colleges). All 12 hard courts are lighted, each features permanent seating, there’s an observation deck, players’ lounge, locker rooms, offices and more. Recently, two state-of-the-art electronic scoreboards were installed and are visible from almost any spot on the site.

The Berger Residence in Blue Bell, Pa., is the Outstanding Residential Tennis Facility of the Year. This new court was built into the side of a natural hill, using large boulders found on the property to anchor retaining walls. Additional landscaping creates a private setting, while the large covered pavilion is ideal for viewing and entertaining courtside. Along with lighting, there’s an outdoor speaker system, shed for court accessories, power outlets for a ball machine and small refrigerator, and low-level landscape lighting leading to the court.

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn., is the Outstanding Indoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award winner. This upgrade added four more courts to the Yale University indoor facility in a unique design that fit on a tight, sloping site. A wedge-shaped central viewing lobby, washed in daylight, connects the new court building to the old, and the staff desk has views of the entryway and all the courts. The lobby, which is open directly to the courts, is one story above, allowing seating close to the action, yet the unique acoustical treatment contains audience noise.

Distinguished Facility Honors

In addition to the Berger Residence private court, the Biszantz Family Tennis Center and the Cullman-Heyman Indoor Facility at Yale, these 23 locations were chosen by the 2009 panel of judges for the ASBA as excellent examples of court construction, receiving Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards. You’ll read more about them in upcoming issues of RSI. (The nominating company is in parentheses.)

Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award Biszantz Family Tennis Center

Biszantz Family Tennis Center

Claremont, Calif.

Contractor: Zaino Tennis Courts Inc.

Surface: Plexipave

Lights: Visionaire Lighting

Net Posts: Edwards/RolDri div. of Athletic Connection

No. of Courts: 12

Residential Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award Berger residence

Berger Residence

Blue Bell, Pa.

Contractor: Pro Sport Construction Inc.

Lights: LSI Courtsider Sports Lighting

Nets, Posts, Windscreen: J.A. Cissel

Indoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center

Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center

Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Design Consultant: Global Sports & Tennis Design Group Inc.

Contractor: Dalton Contracting

Surface: DecoTurf

Nets, Posts, Curtains, Dividers: Courtmaster

No. of Courts: 8

For details on the 2010 Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA or, or visit

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Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.



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