The word is out! APT’s Laykold has been chosen as the new court surface for the US Open and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. Find out why Laykold was the right choice.
A member of Sport Group, APT Asia Pacific is a global manufacturer of sport surfaces including Laykold (acrylic courts) and LigaTurf and Poligras (synthetic turf). From Olympic stadiums to community facilities, APT creates safe, reliable, high-performance surfaces. APT is an advanced chemical company, with research and development undertaken by chemists working with sports professionals to establish the specific characteristics required to assist athletes in performing at their very best.
For the first time in 42 years, the world’s biggest tennis tournament is changing its courts. This is a landmark change and continues Laykold’s rise to becoming the number one court brand and surface in the world.
There are many reasons why Advanced Polymer Technology (APT)’s Laykold was chosen by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to provide a new court surface for its biggest tournament. But, at its heart, it came down to trust.
USTA found a partner that understood the level of quality required from elite sport with a track record of supplying surfaces for the Miami Open and Fed Cups through to the Olympic Games.
Manufactured by APT, Laykold is Sport Group’s global court brand. It is the choice of premier tennis facilities across the world, including the Miami Open (since 1985), the New York Open, Fed Cup, and from 2020 the US Open and Western Southern Open. The Laykold range includes a wide variety of hard court, cushion court, and turf systems. Laykold is the only court brand with gel technology, these courts provide greater force reduction and are made from 60 percent renewal materials.
What sets Laykold apart from competitors?
- It is the only court with a vapour barrier designed specifically for the court system rather than being taken off the peg.
- APT – the company behind the Laykold brand – is the only ISO certified court manufacturer in the world. It meets both ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems standards. Therefore, Laykold is fully compliant with all aspects of sustainability and aligned with the USTA’s sustainability commitments and values.
- APT is unique in the industry due to its fully integrated global supply chain – from raw materials to installation. This integrated supply chain will allow for the consistency in court quality control, playing performance and sustainability.
“At the conclusion of the complete transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, we felt it was time to explore all new approaches and technologies to court surfacing,” said Danny Zausner, Chief Operating Officer of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. “During this exploration, Laykold quickly rose to the top, and working with them, we are confident we will have the best-playing and best-performing courts in the world.”
APT Asia Pacific is proud to be part of the world’s biggest tennis tournament and is even more excited about what this means for its customers. Every facility, from grand slams to clubs to schools, want courts they can trust and Laykold is the only surface made in Australia to come with grand-slam-quality and prestige.
To find out more about APT’s grand-slam-quality Laykold courts, contact APT Asia Pacific on 03 8792 8000 or via the links below.