multi-use tennis courts?

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  1. thoffnagle

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    I live in the tennis wasteland of the world and am trying to get tennis going here. A fair number of people play recreationally in the summer but there are no indoor courts within 50 miles - the closest are over a mountain pass that can be treacherous in the winter. So, I have thought about building some indoor courts. One way to make them profitable (or at least break even) would be to make them useable for other activities - volleyball, soccer and basketball come to mind. Does anyone have any suggestions about court surfaces that would work?

    I remember back in my early days of playing (the 1970s), many indoor clubs had a carpet surface. It was really fast but I could see it being useable for soccer, basketball and volleyball. Does anyone know of a source for that surface?
     
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  2. hrstrat57

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    Both my local university and my daughter's college have rubber surfaces.

    When weather is inclement my daughter's D 3 matches move indoors....a huge advantage for the home team. Generally rubber court plays very fast in my experience but of course fair and consistent...

    I haven't seen carpet locally here for at least 20 yrs.....I don't think carpet would work for basketball.

    Welcome to TT and good luck with your project.
     
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  3. thoffnagle

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    Thanks for the input. We had a rough rubber surface at the University of Idaho indoor courts - they played very slow until they get worn down. I have actually played basketball on a rough carpet surface - you really have to push the ball forward when dribbling, otherwise, it works ok. Yeah, the old indoor carpet surfaces seem to be a thing of the past - it was great for us serve and volley players!
     
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  4. Fifth Set

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    Sounds like a noble plan. If you haven't already, spend a few minutes on the Sport Court web-site. They seem to do alot of work with multi-use scenarios.

    Unfortunately, my sense is that the ideal indoor tennis surface is pretty different from that for basketball/volleyball/soccer. But it wouldn't hurt to call them and see if they will give you some ideas.

    http://www.sportcourt.com/residential/sport/indoor-multi-use.php
     
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    are there 2 threads on this same topic....??
     
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