International Tennis Federation Rates PBA Tennis Courts Among Highest in the World

PBA President Bill Fleming, Athletic Director Carolyn Stone and Other Members of the PBA Administration Pose for a Photo with the ITF Certification Award. Photo Courtesy of: Michael BrownPBA President Bill Fleming, Athletic Director Carolyn Stone and Other Members of the PBA Administration Pose for a Photo with the ITF Certification Award. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Tennis is a game of precision. Now the players at the Mitch Gornto Center Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus have a certificate from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) supporting what they already knew – the courts are outstanding competition surfaces with measurements to prove it.

The ITF recently awarded Courts 3 and 4 a Two-Star recognition, the highest possible rating, after a full day of surface testing. Palm Beach Atlantic’s tennis courts now join a choice group of competition-grade, tennis facilities in the world including London, Moscow and Belfast. In Florida, the Fisher Island Racquet Club has the only other Two-Star Recognised Courts in the state, according to the ITF website.

“The surface testing program, an international testing program administered and performed by the ITF, is a very rigorous and exacting process that is only performed on select tennis courts throughout the world,” said Sheldon Westervelt, an award-winning tennis court designer who designed the special courts at PBA’s Mitch Gornto Tennis Center.

ITF Recognition is an acknowledgement that a court meets the recommendations provided in the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces, which is reserved for venues where the standard of play demands the specification of precise playing characteristics, e.g. at international tournaments, national/regional tennis centers. ITF Recognition is retained for 10 years or until the court is resurfaced.

To obtain Two-Star ITF Recognition, the average Court Pace Rating (CPR) of the court must be within 5 points of the ITF Classified value for the surface product (ITF CS 01/02) in addition to fulfilling the requirements for One-Star Recognition.

“Palm Beach Atlantic University is honored to have been selected to be a participant in this program,” said Carolyn Stone, Palm Beach Atlantic’s athletic director. “Congratulations to the entire team involved in the design and build of the Mitch Gornto Tennis Center.”

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of world tennis, founded in 1911, which is comprised of 210 national tennis associations for the purpose of administration and regulation, organizing international competition, and structuring, developing and promoting the game.

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