TA Press Release, August 1, 2019
Tennis Australia has appointed GreenSet Worldwide as official court surface supplier, beginning this summer.
The Australian Open court surface and colour – the iconic blue cushioned acrylic hardcourt – will remain the same.
GreenSet Worldwide, owned and operated by former Spanish player Javier Sanchez Vicario since the year 2000, won the contract after an extensive tender process.
The company has a near 50-year history designing, building and surfacing tennis courts around the world, including for major international events, and has an impeccable reputation among the playing group and within the international tennis industry.
The GreenSet Worldwide team of international experts in process and application, will work with Tennis Australia to ensure a successful rollout for Australian Open 2020 and events around the country.
A key requirement for the rollout is the quality and consistency of the playing surface at all events across the Australian summer – the new ATP Cup in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney and ATP/WTA tournament in Adelaide, as well as the Brisbane International and Hobart International.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome GreenSet Worldwide as our new official court surface supplier,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.
“Both Javier (Sanchez Vicario) and GreenSet are very well known in the tennis community, and as tennis surface specialists they have a long and successful track record of installation experience at major events around the world.
“Under GreenSet’s guidance, our cushioned acrylic surface will remain the same, but with a very detailed and intensive installation process designed to achieve the highest quality playing surface at each of the venues.
“It’s no secret we put the players first in all our planning, and we know how important it is to them that no matter where in Australia they play, they have a great experience on the court. We look forward to working with Javier and GreenSet to achieve this,” Tiley said.
“On behalf of all of us at GreenSet we are excited to be working with Tennis Australia to create a high quality court surface for the Australian Open and events across the country over the coming years,” CEO of GreenSet Worldwide Javier Sanchez Vicario said.
“Our team is looking forward to delivering an incredible standard of court surface across all the courts and venues in each state.
“For me it will be wonderful to return to the courts of Melbourne Park, a place where myself and my family have amazing tennis memories.”
Tennis Australia would like to acknowledge and thank California Sports Surfaces for its commitment to high quality tennis surface systems, and for many years of collaboration on the provision of the surfaces for Australian Open and AO Series Tournaments.
Although an alternate surface was selected in the 2019 tender, Tennis Australia values California Sport Surfaces’ contribution to the game and recognises its ongoing efforts in delivering high quality surfaces for community courts throughout Australia.