The ITF has today announced California Sports Surfaces, a division of the ICP Group, as its Official Preferred Court Supplier.
The California Sports Surfaces (CSS) brands, which include DecoTurf, Plexipave, Rebound Ace and Premier Sports Coatings, have been used at Grand Slam tournaments and major international tennis events for several decades.
The ITF and CSS will work together to increase the quality of existing and future tennis facilities worldwide, supporting the ITF’s mission to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of tennis.
ITF has placed the development of the global game at the heart of its ITF2024 strategy, and funding for facilities is a key pillar of the ITF’s development work.
The ITF Facility Grant programme through which eligible nations can apply for a grant to establish, upgrade or maintain a national training centre facility, has awarded $1.9million to 48 nations since 2017.
CSS will support the ITF in the delivery phase of its Facility Grant Programme, with the ITF and its stakeholders benefiting from direct access to the ICP Group’s expertise and world leading products.
ITF stakeholders can now access a Partnership Information Platform on the ITF website, which provides more details about the products available and the option to be connected with a CSS representative.
California Sports Surfaces is currently the only surface supplier to have achieved Elite Silver status under the ITF Recognition programme which assesses venues where the standard of play, such as international tournaments and regional and national training centres, demands the specification of precise playing characteristics.
David Haggerty, ITF President said: “Improving the quality of facilities around the world is integral to growing participation and improving performance, particularly in nations that are still establishing and developing their tennis infrastructure. The ICP Group have world leading products and expertise that will be of great benefit to the ITF and our members as we all work together to develop the next generation of players.”
James Rack, Vice President of Sports Surfaces for the ICP Group said: “We look forward to building upon this landmark partnership to help bring the engaging sport of tennis to a whole new generation of players in a changing world.”