Paving the way ahead
LISMORE Tennis Club has had a facelift, with synthetic grass courts being converted to hardcourts.
Coach and club manager John Stoddart said the new blue and green Plexipave courts were a ‘good investment’.
“It’s the same colour as the US Open, and will improve player’s games,” he said.
The resurfacing of the six courts began three weeks ago, and Stoddart said the work was expected to be finished by mid-next week.
“Almost two courts are finished and I’ve had a hit without the net and I’m happy with it,” he said.
“We had synthetic grass before and ripping that out took a week.
“Then they put a filler-coat on the bitumen base and put their special paint on.”
Stoddart said the paint was the ‘same type of stuff they put on netball courts’ and was the surface of choice for most hardcourts.
The bitumen base also meant extra cushioning material didn’t need to be added to the paint.
Replacing the worn-out synthetic grass with the new surface also turned out to be more economic, with Stoddart saying the cost of reinstalling synthetic grass would have cost ‘three times as much’ as resurfacing with Plexipave.
“Synthetic grass costs around $20,000 per court,” he said.
“The replacement costs for Plexipave in five to seven years are cheaper than synthetic grass, making it a lot more economical.”
And with no big tournaments played on synthetic grass, the Plexipave hardcourts have added a professional touch to the Lismore courts.
“There are no professional tournaments played on synthetic grass, so it’s good for the juniors to practice on this,” he said.
“I’ve already got one extra big tournament scheduled here for next year, and we have another tournament in two weeks so we got the courts ready for that.”