If you’re thinking about building a tennis court – or are responsible through your work for the construction or maintenance of course – there are greener alternatives out there which offer an interesting alternative to the norm – and they perform better. This is one of those green “win-wins” you read about from time to time – when you can’t understand how any new construction wouldn’t be done in this way.
Simply put, by applying environmentally sensitive methods both for the making and installation of tennis courts, certain companies can now use a combination of recycled and sustainable materials to create a better overall product than the less green traditional courts.
Well cushioned and all-weather courts don’t need to use solvent and/or petroleum based asphalt materials anymore. Courts can be made using cold applied and water-based resin coatings with natural aggregates. Meanwhile, the urethane waterproofing can be made from around two-thirds recycled and sustainable natural materials – when those percentages are measured by weight.
What’s more – such courts are then constructed from a stronger material than the more traditional latex-backed versions which also call for extreme heat to be used in the production-curing process.
A simple Google search on eco-friendly tennis court construction will bring up a number of options – all largely based on the same principles outlined here and using recycled materials to a greater or lesser extent.
Meanwhile, for those of us who love our tennis, the Wimbledon Tennis Championship is about to start. Djokovic is the favourite to win the men’s championship with the exchange Betfair at just under 2-1. Meanwhile, on the women’s side of the draw, Betfair punters currently have Serena Williams installed as favourite at 13/8.
But what not many of the players may realise is that these days, the Wimbledon organisers do all they can to go green by recycling almost all the event’s water and waste – they even muffle the crowd noise to 65 decibels and use bio-friendly gas used to fill up the Championships’ 52,000 tennis balls!