Plexipave for Memphis, Delray Beach, and IWTG
Andover, MA — Plexipave was selected as the surface for the ATP and WTA World Tour events that took place in Memphis, Tennessee, Delray Beach, Florida and Indian Wells, California.
Both the ATP and WTA Memphis tournaments began February 11th. The Regions Morgan Keegan Championship was played at the Racquet Club of Memphis, the only private club in the world to host a professional men’s and women’s combined indoor event. Memphis is one of only eleven cities in the world to hold a 500 level men’s tennis event. “This year’s court was the best we’ve had,” stated Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director for Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and The Cellular South Cup. “Players keep coming back because they love the Plexipave surface. The speed of play allows top players and base liners to have the chance of winning. We have a wonderful partnership with Plexipave.”
Memphis Tournament players included Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, and Gael Monfils. Andy Roddick took the win with a shot heard round the world. The WTA’s Cellular South Cup featured Melanie Oudin, Sofia Arvidsson, and Vania King. Both the men’s and women’s tournaments had 32 players total including wild card and qualifiers.
The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, part of the ATP 250 events, began February 18th and is one of the few privately owned tournaments in the world. “Plexipave has been a reliable surfacing system. We’ve used Plexipave tennis systems since 1999 to make sure players have a smooth transition into the proceeding Indian Wells tournament,” says John Butler, Executive Director of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship. “We’ve found that an efficient applicator is the most important element that determines a consistent, top-notch surface.” Juan Martin Del Potro won the first place title, along with doubles winners Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram.
Both Memphis and Delray Beach tournaments lead up to the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, another surface provided by Plexipave. The BNP Paribas Open features the best men and women players competing in the second largest tennis stadium in the world. The tournament is the largest event to combine both men and women on the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tours. The official ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and largest attended tournament outside of the Grand Slams, began March 7 and runs until March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Players include Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick. WTA participants will include top ranked players Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, and Kim Clijsters.
Indian Wells is using the Plexipave surface for the thirteenth consecutive year. The Plexipave System was specifically manufactured to meet the rigorous demands of this tournament notably challenged the warm, dry, desert climate. The unique ATP Masters signature Pro-Purple court color scheme improves visibility for players, fans and television viewers. “Plexipave and “The Indian Wells Tennis Garden” are a natural partnership, providing the most recognized court surface with our state-of-the-art facility. The special colors and speed of play showcase the ultimate in tennis entertainment to the fans and consistent playability for the men’s and women’s competition. We have worked seamlessly with Plexipave to create the very best in tennis court performance.” Say’s Steve Simon, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director.
The 2011 tennis season began with the Plexicushion® Prestige surface at the Australian Open series. Plexipave’s surface allows speed of play that makes it possible for all levels of tennis players to excel. The surfaces’ consistent and true bounce enhances competition. Local and global authorized applicators insure this quality in every installed court. Look for more ATP and WTA events held on Plexipave surfaces this summer leading up to the US Open.
Plexipave is the world’s largest manufacturer of acrylic sports surfacing systems and surface preparation products. The acrylic sport surfaces are installed in residential, commercial, institutional and tournament locations around the world. Plexipave Sport Surfacing Systems is a division of California Products Corporation.
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