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Riverside Sports

Auckland, New Zealand

The new TigerTurf pop tennis court at Riverside Sports is a crowd pleaser!

When TigerTurf installed New Zealand’s first pop tennis court at Riverside Sports (formerly Mt Wellington Tennis Club), there was an enthusiastic response from the club’s wider community that led to a surprising surge in player numbers.

Pop tennis is a success for the tennis club

Riverside Sports wanted to attract more members, and in particular increase the number of young players at the club. Neville Pegg, a professional tennis player and coach, was asked for his suggestions as to how the club could appeal to a wider section of the community. Having seen many European clubs running pop tennis alongside the regular game to good effect, Neville suggested that, as part of the general upgrade of all the courts with multi-sport surfaces, a smaller pop tennis court would be well received by the local community.

And pop tennis, a faster version of the parent game, has indeed proven to be a tremendously successful feature of the move to multi-sports within Riverside Sports. The smaller pop tennis court, with less ground to cover, creates a faster, tighter game, using different racquets and a slower ball with reduced bounce.

Family sports club with multi-sports courts

Having resurfaced all five existing tennis courts at Riverside Sports with multi-sport turfs, TigerTurf was commissioned to install the pop tennis court, which has become busier by the month.

TigerTurf Advantage was used for the surface and, as a fast, durable surface that takes spin and provides reliable grip, it is well suited to pop tennis.

Tremendously popular with children of all ages, and with adults who enjoy the fast pace and energy of the game, pop tennis stands alone as a sport, as well as being a conduit to the main game.

When families arrive at the club in the weekends, the children rush to the pop court and leisure court while their parents play tennis on the main courts.

Watch the video how Riverside Sports (formerly Mt Wellington Tennis Club) carried out its plan to become a multi-sport club with strong community support.

Date Project Completed: October 2015

Area: 1362m2

Surface: TigerTurf Advantage

Base: Existing asphalt base

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