May 2018. “Court 16“ proudly call themselves to be the most innovative tennis club in the United States. Its unparalleled concept of tailoring tennis to a wide range of age groups has now been given an optimal flooring: the multifunctional LED flooring system from ASB GlassFloor, which fits perfectly into the trainings concept of “Court 16”.
In 2014, Anthony Evrard opened the very first branch of his tennis club “Court 16” in Brooklyn, New York. A pioneering achievement: Born and raised in Brussels, Evrard followed his idea of a tennis club concept for children from the ages between 3 to 11-years-old – a completely new idea in the US, which Evrard had brought from Europe. Anthony Evrard is of the belief that the fun of the game should be in the centre of attention and that it is much easier to teach children when the training methods are adapted to their age and they learn on a smaller court. “We did not invent this method,” Evrard told the Brooklyn based magazine at the opening. „In Europe, it goes without saying that you start on smaller courts. Yet, what distinguishes us is the aesthetics of the place. The little players should feel comfortable when entering “Court 16”.
Special Requirements For The Sports Floor
Evrard’s concept worked: “Court 16” was so successful that in February 2018 the first subsidary was opened in Long Island City / Queens, not far from their first location in Brooklyn. His second “Court 16” tennis club also focuses on children and adolescents, but with a small difference: In Long Island City, adults are also able to practice and take tennis lessons. This would increase the motivation for all. During the planning of the new tennis facility, it quickly became apparent that this idea brought certain difficulties with it. Different court sizes were needed – for children, for adolescents and for adults. At the same time, the courts needed to preferably be adaptable, so that they could be adapted to the respective bookings. The solution to this problem came from Germany. To be more precise: from the Bavarian company ASB GlassFloor, who offer a patented solution with a glass flooring system for sports facilities, in which integrated LEDs make an individual layout of the court possible. The Company offersdifferent varieties. With ASB LumiFlex, the entire floor turns into a multi-media monitor, opening up completely new possibilities for sports venues, such as additional advertising opportunities and revenue. On the other hand, ASB MultiSports, the floor which was installed at “Court 16” Long Island City, uses the LEDs that allow you to switch between marking lines for different sports via touchscreen. Moreover, “Court 16” also benefits from additional advantages: Besides the tennis court marking lines, special markings have been integrated for individual exercises, such as the serve. In addition to the high quality and excellent properties of the GlassFloor, which is FIBA accredited, approved by the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the International Handball Federation (IHF), it offers the ability to customise the court markings within seconds using a touch screen. The perfect solution for the requirements of the new “Court 16” subsidary. „For us this is a very nice project as it once again displays the wide range of possible uses of our products”, says Christof Babinsky, the Managing Director of ASB GlassFloor. „Our floor ensures an effective use of space and supports and innovative training concept. And that without line markings chaos.”
Within three weeks, the MultiSports floor was installed on an area of 664 square meters. With the opening in February 2018, the New Yorker district is now home to the first US tennis club with a glass sports floor, where the marking lines can be flexibly controlled by means of LEDs – and with its surface properties it also provides a very welcoming and approachable environment, especially for the young learners of the game. “The lines ‘grow’ with the learning tennis players”, says Christof Babinsky. “This is a unique feature for a unique tennis club concept.”
ASB was founded in 1965. The company has always relied on high value cre- ation on the basis of quality and intelligent design. ASB is an important devel- opment partner for the leading international squash associations and has brought the sport several ground-breaking innovations. As the world’s leading squash court supplier, ASB is thoroughly familiar with everything that is ex- pected from a top-quality sports venue. On the basis of its many years of ex- perience and sound materials expertise, the company has developed further, and ASB GlassFloor is now the only manufacturer of glass flooring for sports venues in the world.
ASB GlassFloor is headquartered in Germany and is internationally active in 70 countries, although primarily in the UK and the USA