Tennis Hall of Fame Opens New Clay Court


The International Tennis Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new HAR-TRU® HydroCourt Clay Court, featuring 10 & Under Tennis Lines, in the location of the site’s former red clay court. The clay court is a great enhancement to the facility's existing grass and hard courts, and provides increased opportunities for kids to get involved in tennis at the Hall of Fame Tennis Clubs. Can there really be a better place to learn a sport than at it Hall of Fame?

The new court was made possible thanks to two valued parners, Har-Tru Sports, who donated the product to build the court and the 10 & Under Tennis lines, and J.G. Coffey Co., who installed the court.

“The HAR-TRU® HydroCourt offers a top of the line clay court experience, and we are very pleased to partner with the Hall of Fame to bring this surface to one of the world’s premier tennis facilities,” said Pat Hanssen of Har-Tru Sports. “At Har-Tru Sports, we are committed to developing champions, and it has been proven that training on clay courts is the most effective way to do this. We are proud to partner with the Tennis Hall of Fame to provide a great playing experience for all and to help develop the sport's next great champions."

Neil Feeley of J.G. Coffey, Co. echoed Hanssen's sentiments. "For more than 50 years, J.G. Coffey has provided some of the best tennis facilities in the region. We are proud to work with the International Tennis Hall of Fame on this court, which will provide playing opportunities for young people, and was also installed in an energy efficient manner, due to its self-regulating irrigation system.

Recent research has revealed that 88% of the world's top-10 players trained on clay courts. Clay court play requires a player to develop top-level footwork and to stay focused, as the game moves much quicker and points can last longer. In a clay court game, players always have to be thinking several points ahead and be ready to react instantly. Honing these skills on a clay court will undoubtedly result in a player who is more effective on all surfaces.

The new court at the Tennis Hall of Fame also features subtle 10 & Under Tennis lines, which make the court ideal for training young tennis players. 10 & Under Tennis is a program recently developed by the USTA that uses smaller courts, racquets sized for smaller hands and balls that move slower and bounce lower to get kids involved in the game in a fun, effective way. In addition to the specialized equipment, 10 & Under Tennis engages kids with fun drills that keep all the kids moving all the time. In 10 & Under Tennis, kids are no longer stuck in lines waiting for their next ball - they are constantly moving, having fun, and quickly picking up the game.

The court is made from HAR-TRU® -- a billion year old, Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a natural green stone which is extremely hard and angular, two very important qualities when it comes to tennis court construction. The angularity helps the stone particles lock together to form a stable playing surface. The hardness means exceptional durability. The HAR-TRU® court requires water to remain compacted and stable, which will be added using HydroCourt's technology, a self-regulating irrigation system that waters the court from below on a controlled system to ensure a uniformly wet, smooth and firm surface for a consistent bounce and exceptional footing. In addition, this self-regulating system is more energy efficient.