Since it was conceived and proposed to clay tennis players in 2005, the Red Plus ‘hybrid’ turf has conquered more and more space in sports centres throughout Europe.
Tennis Club Chiasso (Switzerland).
Made by laying a synthetic backing that is filled with top-quality clay, RedPlus can be installed on any new or pre-existing subfloor, and guarantees the maintenance of all the playing characteristics typical of traditional clay courts: the system is patented and ┬áITF 1 slow certified.
The advantages are obvious since, for example in the event of rain, or after normal wetting, the court becomes playable in a very short time. The game for wheelchair athletes is also considerably simplified and is less tiring as the wheels do not sink into the clay like on a classic court.
Born in Switzerland, today Red Plus is present in the most prestigious international tennis centres, such as Patrick Mouratoglou’s Tennis Academies in French Riviera and in Malaysia, the Monte Carlo Country Club and the historic club of Montreux.
The choice of the Lawn Tennis Association
The United Kingdom does not, to date, have a natural clay court culture equal to that of the Mediterranean countries.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the national governing body of tennis in the UK, is a very ambitious federation, proposing a vision of ‘open tennis’, with a mission to grow it by making it ‘relevant, accessible, welcoming and fun’. A tennis that can be played by everyone, regardless of ability, in all communities and environments.
In pursuit of these aims, the LTA has a state-of-the-art centre at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, close to the All England Club in Wimbledon, equipped with 22 tennis courts, both grass and acrylic or clay.
The National Tennis Centre is a training venue for British professionals (including juniors) both able-bodied and wheelchair users returning from tournaments around the world, and is a reference centre for all UK clubs, who seek advice and even practice on the courts.
Within this context, LTA has a strong focus on surfaces that provide its tennis players with the best possible performance, and has identified Red Plus as a possible optimal solution. In fact, with the positive assessment of Gary Stewart (Head of Commercial Operations) and Erik Jan Koers (Head of Wheelchair Tennis), an agreement is being finalised for the installation of a Red Plus court at the Centre by next year.
(News by Red Plus D.S.)