Events: Details

Ideation Event - Accelerating Innovation in Platform Tennis Court Manufacturing

Category: Workshop

Tuesday, March 28 at 9AM
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Suite 328

84 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

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Opening Presentation

9:00 AM

Freddy Goldenberg- Board Member (APTA), Ann Sheedy Executive Director (APTA), Scott Bondurant President (APTA), and Jean Kemper (Platform Tennis Partners, LLC)


Overview on Court Materials and Surfaces/Q&A Session

9:15 AM

Rob Coster – President (Court Pro) and Bob Stratton (Stratton Composite Solutions)



10:15 AM

Break (15 Minutes)


Overview on Court Surfaces and Solutions/Brainstorming Session

10:30 AM

Chris Casiraghi – President (Reilly Green Mountain Platform Tennis)


Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Dining Room, 1st Floor

11:45 AM

Luncheon - Conference Center Dining Room


Bus Ride to Tour Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
 2125 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

1:00 PM

Tour: Bitsy Grant Tennis Center


Return to Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
84 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308


Shuttle services back to Georgia Tech Global Learning Center



Contact: Cecelia Jones: 770-905-6425 / Jud Ready: 404-274-3979


Questions/concepts to be considered include:

1.Can a polymer-based or composite material be created with the following characteristics?

  • Sufficient thermal conductivity to melt/dry the surface during active precipitation events
  • Enough traction during rainy play so that foot doesn’t slip on the surface, BUT, not too much traction during dry play so that the foot locks on the surface”.
  • Easier (less abrasive) on the body and less injurious during falls
  • Less costly to install than current technologies (~75,000/court)
  • Allow for multi-purpose court utilization throughout the year (pickleball, U10 tennis, volleyball, basketball, etc

2.What improvements could be made to the current aluminum court surface?

  • Textured during manufacture such that the highly abrasive grit material is no longer necessary?
  • Can a standardized type and amount of anti-skid material be developed that takes into account “foot-lock?”  Can we devise a formula to measure “foot-lock?”
  • Can shock absorption be applied to make the surface easier on the body?
  • Are there value engineering options to bring installation costs down?

3. What improvements can be made or other options to consider for court heating systems?

  • More efficient system and less costly to install and maintain.

4. Other potential areas for improvement/cost savings that have not been highlighted

  • LED court lights – can they be run on solar power? Other considerations?
  • Chicken-wire walls (would utilizing a plexi-glass wall system like the sport of “padel” be an option?) See for information on Padel court construction.
  • Snowboards made of something other than wood.  Wood snowboards have to be repainted and replaced periodically.




When: Tuesday 28 March, 2017, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Where: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center (GLC) - Room 328
Submitted by: Aleksandr Blekh
  1. ideation
  2. innovation
  3. manufacturing
  4. materials innovation
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