SI Summer Project Summary (so far)

We can’t believe how quickly the summer is passing by here at Sports Interiors!  Traditionally, the summer is the most popular time for indoor tennis courts to receive any sort of renovation or repairs such as court resurfacing, installation of a ceiling liner or new tennis lighting.  This summer has proven once again to be one of the busiest as we’ve been all over the country delivering implementations of our LED Tennis Lighting System and Reflective Ceiling Liner.  We’ve worked with many different types of facilities from Universities (Univ of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center and Western Michigan’s West Hills Athletic Club) to private athletic clubs (Radnor Racquet Club) to non-profits (XS Tennis Village and USTA Vancouver) to even a condominium property.  Our Operations Team has done a wonderful job of coordinating all the various projects which includes organizing our crews of electricians and installers, ordering materials, and ensure we implement our systems as efficiently as possible since many of the facilities we work with continue to use their indoor courts throughout the summer. 

Here’s one testimonial we received from a club owners about a recent Ceiling Liner Installation:

 "Your crew did a tremendous job. Excellent quality. In the process of cutting around structural and mechanical elements I was expecting some long cuts. But they carefully detached the object to greatly minimize the cut, producing a very smooth, unblemished finish surface. Then they re-attached very cleverly and securely…all three workers were very friendly and cooperative. They were very conscientious about cleaning up completely at the end of each day."

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World Team Tennis is coming to Chicago

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"If you have ever seen a WTT match you have seen my philosophy of life in action - men and women, competing together, on a team and both genders making equal contributions to the result."

— WTT co-founder Billie Jean King

Originally played on a tennis court with no lines, World Team Tennis (WTT) is a mixed gender professional tennis league that uses a team format and holds matches in the United States.  XS Tennis will be hosting a WTT match between the Washington Kastles and Philadelphia Freedoms on Friday July 27th at 7pm.  It will be a good opportunity to see professional tennis up close that will feature some great players. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the XS Tennis & Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing Chicago's underserved youth with an enriching safe-haven and positive academic/athletic pathway to college.  Here's the link to the Press Release with more information: 

Press Release | World TeamTennis - XS Tennis Village

This will be the first time that a professional tennis match will be played under our Reflective Ceiling Liner and LED System.  We're eager to receive some feedback from the players about their experience.  For more information about our Ceiling Liner and LED Tennis Lighting System that we installed at XS Tennis Village, please check out our website: 

https://www.sportsinteriors.com/

 

A Guide to Lighting Tennis Courts

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For this post, I wanted to explain who governs the game of tennis and in particular, provide some information on the established guidelines for lighting and our approach to light levels.  The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis.  The ITF's governance responsibilities include maintaining and enforcing the rules of tennis, regulating international team competitions, promoting the game, and preserving the sport's integrity.  Here's the link to the ITF's website with valuable information on its guidelines to lighting:

https://www.itftennis.com/technical/facilities/facilities-guide/lighting.aspx

 

Here's a useful visual explaining the different classifications of facilities along with the recommended light levels for each:

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Sports Interiors records the current light levels before we begin installation of our LED System.  More specifically, we record from 15 points along the playing area of the indoor tennis court to ensure we deliver not only increased light levels, but consistent and even distribution of light across the playing area.  After the implementation of our LED Tennis Lighting System, we again record the light levels from the 15 different points across the tennis court.  For more information on our approach to light levels and the indoor facilities we work with, give us a call or contact us through our website.

(847) 892-6956

https://www.sportsinteriors.com/main/

 

 

 

 

Working with Cree

Sports Interiors partners with Cree to manufacture the LED fixture we use for indoor tennis applications.  I wanted to share some information about Cree and the value of having our relationship with them.  Cree is an American worldwide manufacturer and marketer of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and products for power and radio frequency applications.  Here’s the link to Cree’s website: http://www.cree.com/

To begin with, the Cree-manufactured LED fixture we use for indoor tennis applications delivers energy savings, better light, and maintenance-free operation compared to more traditional forms of incandescent light we’ve seen used for indoor tennis facilities.  The lightweight construction and mounting feature allows for a quick and easy installation, this proves especially important as we’re installing hundreds of these per facility.  Additionally, the LED fixture delivers 80+ CRI which is vital for indoor tennis as we’re able to not only increase light levels, but deliver improved quality of light so the ability to see the tennis ball is greatly increased.  What really makes the Cree LED fixture perform so well is that it’s designed with color modulation that casts light that makes everything look more vibrant and thus allowing for better visuals like attempting to track a fuzzy yellow ball around a tennis court.

Partnering with Cree has tremendous value for Sports Interiors as Cree is a leading innovator of LED chips, components, and complete lighting systems.  Furthermore, the warranty Cree carries along with the service and personnel that we can rely on is vital for Sports Interiors success.  The support and communication we receive from our counterparts at Cree has allowed Sports Interiors to scale its operation to meet increased demand over the last few years. 

Sports Interiors looks forward to continuing our strong partnership with Cree for years to come as we strive for continued growth in our industry. 

Partnering with the ITA

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Beginning in April of last year, Sports Interiors entered into a partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to educate their member Universities about the benefits of our LED Tennis Lighting System and our shared vision of focusing on the betterment of tennis.  I wanted to share our company’s experiences of working with the ITA and delivering on that mutual vision.

The ITA is the governing body of college tennis and oversees both men’s and women’s varsity tennis for NCAA Division I,II,III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions.  For the numbers people out there, the ITA oversees 15,000+ student athletes, 1,300 coaches, 1,700 teams, and 1,500 officials.  Additionally, they administer both the rankings program and awards for players, coaches, and teams for their accomplishments on and off the court.  I have been fortunate enough to have interacted with the ITA as a collegiate tennis player and as a partner which has provided me with a unique perspective of their organization and personnel.  The people at the ITA are truly wonderful to work with as they are extremely personable and are passionate about the game of tennis.  The communication, coordination, and planning we receive from them as a partner creates a very dynamic opportunity for our company to educate the ITA’s member Universities about our LED Tennis Lighting System. 

Our partnership has led to us beginning to work with Universities as we just completed an implementation of both our LED Tennis Lighting and Reflective Ceiling Liner at the University of Illinois’ Atkins Tennis Center.  It’s a huge privilege to work with the University of Illinois who has some of the best tennis programs in the country.  Through our partnership with the ITA, it helped create the opportunity for us to work with Illinois on their indoor tennis facility.  Our LED Tennis Lighting System and Reflective Ceiling Liner helps to drive home our shared vision of improving the experience of college tennis.  We look forward to continuing to partner with the ITA and to serve the needs of collegiate indoor tennis facilities. 

For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.