The Laver Cup

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With the second edition of the Laver Cup heading to Chicago’s United Center this weekend, I thought I should do a post about the event. For those of us not very familar with this event, here’s a nice preview of whats to come this weekend: Laver Cup 2018 Preview

Let’s begin with a little background on the event. The Laver Cup is an international indoor hard court men’s tennis tournament between two teams: Team Europe and Team World. Held annually, the tournament takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating. The tournament is named after Australian tennis legend, Rob Laver, who is regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

Regarding the format, each team has six competitors where there are 12 matches played over three days (9 singles and 3 doubles), with the number of point awarded for victories increasing each day. Each player take the court once or twice for singles, with at least four of the six taking part in doubles. All matches are played as best-of-three, with a 10-point tiebreaker if play goes to a third set. For this upcoming Laver Cup, Bjorn Borg of Sweden (Team Europe) and John McEnroe of the US (Team World) will serve as captains for the first 3 editions.

Although Sports Interiors will not be attending this year’s Laver Cup, we’re excited to see how the matches will play out this weekend. Furthermore, many of us hope that events such as the Laver Cup will bump tennis out of its comfortable old routines.

Back to School for College Tennis Teams

It's back to school for colleges and universities across the country which means fall sports are under way.  This includes the shorter fall tennis season where teams may play in a few invitationals, but the culmination is the ITA Championships played across Divisions I, II, and III including NAIA and Junior Colleges.  The newly revamped ITA website offers a wealth of information regarding both the ITA Regional Championships as well as the All-American Championships.  Here's the link to the ITA Website and it's event calendar: ITA Event Calendar

Sports Interiors will be closely following the collegiate tennis season this year not only because we are big fans of the game, but because college tennis delivers an exciting format that puts on display both singles and doubles matches in a highly competitive format.  With technology companies such as Playsight streaming live matches of collegiate tennis, it allows for people across the world to watch college tennis and tune in to follow their favorites teams and players.  

All of us here at Sports Interiors eagerly anticipate the 2018-2019 collegiate tennis season and look forward to working with many more schools this year to implement both our LED Tennis Lighting System and Reflective Ceiling Liner in their indoor tennis facilities.  For many information about our company and approach to improving the indoor tennis playing experience, please check out our website: Sports Interiors or give us a call at 847-892-6956.

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Flushing Meadows

Next week, a few of us here at Sports Interiors will be making the trek to New York City for the US Open (and also to visit a few indoor tennis facilities).  We're looking forward to touring the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and especially catching a match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.  It'll be interesting to experience tennis, which is traditionally known for requiring a quiet setting, will be played in New York City, one of the busiest cities in the world.  With LaGuardia Airport nearby and the constant traffic, it truly creates a unique setting for one of the tennis majors.  Either way, we're eager to see some tennis live, see some of the pros practicing, and hopefully can attend a night match.  We'll definitely be posting on our social media about our time out there! Here's a link to a brief history of how the Tennis Center came to be: Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

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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/