Acrylic coated tennis court surfaces are popular in Australia. The acrylic surface can be either non-cushioned or cushioned. They are suited to all levels of coaching and training and are used at many tournament venues around the world.
An acrylic surfaced tennis court is basically an application of multiple layers of acrylic material (e.g. resin, paint, etc) on a base surface, commonly concrete or asphalt. There is a wide selection of proprietary acrylic surface systems available in Australia. In very basic terms an acrylic surface comprises of applying an initial (filler) coat(s) to the base surface then applying the final coloured coats. The composition and application method of the acrylic material have a direct influence on the playing characteristics of the court.
The exact performance of the proprietary acrylic surfaces differ slightly from product to product, and the subsequent usage of the surface, but they can generally be described as being medium-paced with an extremely true ball bounce of medium height.
All court surfaces including acrylics require maintenance, which is of vital importance if the surface is to be aesthetically pleasing, consistent in play and long lasting. The single most important factor in prolonging the useful life of a tennis court surface is keeping them clean.
Court owners need to be aware that acrylic surfaces, as with any surface, do not last forever. They need to make provision for the future expenses including the ultimate re-coating of their surface.
For more information contact your respective Member Association Facilities representative.