Tennis In A Bubble


Driving up the hill to what looked like a giant white blob, I was struck by the sheer size of this structure I was about to enter, which apparently housed indoor tennis courts.  Walking through the revolving door revealed just how large this structure was as it enclosed 6 indoor tennis courts with a beautiful viewing area above.  I spent 4 years playing collegiate tennis matches in a bubble and wanted to share some of my thoughts about my experiences, especially now that I work in the indoor tennis industry.  

To begin with, I wanted to offer some background information about what exactly a bubble or dome is.  Air-supported structures, commonly known as bubbles or domes, are relatively inexpensive and efficient to construct that provide a cheaper alternative to more traditional buildings.  These facilities usually are comprised of a single or multi-layered fabric and are supported using air pressure provided by substantial air blowers, which are also used to ventilate and control the climate within the bubble.  An air-supported structure guarantees availability of tennis courts not always possible with outdoor courts. 

Translucent bubbles offer more than enough natural light during the day to create an optimal tennis-playing environment. At my college’s bubble, the 1,000 Watt Metal Halide fixtures were not even used during the day as the natural light delivered more than enough visibility for collegiate tennis.  This allowed for some pretty substantial energy savings for the college as the lights in the bubble wouldn’t have to be turned on until late afternoon, early evening.  I really didn’t encounter any negatives with my experiences of playing tennis in the translucent bubble during the day.  It was during the night in the bubble where I encountered the greatest challenges to seeing the tennis ball.  With the lack of natural light during the night time, the ten 1,000 Watt Metal Halides per tennis court in the bubble did not produce anywhere near enough light appropriate for competitive tennis matches.  If I had to guess light levels during the night time, I would have to say they were in the 20’s, maybe even lower.  The bubble could have used a number of more indirect light fixtures per court in order to properly light the playing area of the tennis courts.

Lastly, the air-supported structure is a lower cost alternative to more traditional buildings and especially a translucent structure can almost mimic outdoor tennis play with the amount of natural light allowed to pour into the facility.  One solution to the lighting challenges faced at night with a translucent dome is an LED Tennis Lighting System.  If you have an air-supported structure and would like to discuss what Sports Interiors would specifically recommend for your facility, please visit our website at: or call us at 847.892.6956.

Transitioning to Outdoor Tennis this Spring

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This week saw the official first day of Spring arrive and as the weather transitions to warmer temperatures and the days become longer, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outside, especially us tennis players.  Personally, I can’t wait to enjoy a Saturday morning tennis session along Lake Michigan here in Chicago.  For athletic clubs with indoor tennis courts, now is a great time to consider renovations and upgrades to facilities as membership begins the move to outdoor tennis and the indoor courts are left vacant. 

Sports Interiors delivers a turnkey implementation process that minimizes disruption to club operations.  In fact, we have been doing lighting and ceiling liner installations for 25 years with an emphasis on efficiency while maintaining quality workmanship.  Our crews of electricians and installers have minimized the amount of time they need to spend on-site so that any potential seasonal downtime is diminished even during the winter.  This past winter our teams were consistently conducting installations throughout the indoor season, working with facilities to efficiently complete the work while not disrupting indoor play time significantly. Whether this involves after hours, night shifts, or weekend work, our installers know and appreciate the need for clubs to have access to their courts and work diligently to make them accessible.

As your facility begins its outdoor season, now is a perfect time to consider next steps in implementing our proven LED Tennis Lighting and Reflective Ceiling Liner Systems.  With indoor courts more vacant, this allows our crews to work even more efficiently to get in and out of your facility and allow your membership to enjoy a truly remarkable indoor tennis playing experience with our LED System when inclement weather hits. 

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Give us a call today or send us an email to discuss how simple we make the implementation process as this is a great time to make some improvements to your facility and possibly even save some money at the same time.


Technology in Tennis Racquets

Technology in Tennis Racquets


Over the years, tennis racquets have evolved tremendously. The material used for the racquet has been the most visible change. Gone are the days of the wooden racquets used by Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe. Today’s racquets mainly use graphites and carbons. However, not only has a racquet’s frame changed, but also what the racquet can do has changed thanks to technology.

Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Sports Interiors Announce Three-Year Partnership

Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Sports Interiors Announce Three-Year Partnership

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Sports Interiors announce today a three-year partnership agreement, whereby the ITA officially endorses Sports Interiors as the official LED lighting solution for the ITA.

In addition to the endorsement, the ITA will offer its member programs special pricing for Sports Interiors products and services.

2017 T.O.M. Conference

2017 T.O.M. Conference

Looking to Grow Your Business? Join us at the 2017 T.O.M. Conference

According to the latest survey from the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) tennis grew to 17.9 million players in 2016, with another 14 million Americans expressing interest in playing. In 2017 is your main goal to grow the number of tennis players at your club? Are you looking for innovative ways for your club to stand out from the competition? Are you interested in installing the latest in tennis technology? Do you want to learn about the future of tennis? If you answered yes to any of these questions you should consider joining us at the TIA’s fourth annual T.O.M. (Tennis Owners and Managers) Conference. This outstanding event is being held March 27-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.