Is your tennis court still green and red? That’s so 2004. If you want to get an idea of what’s in fashion when it comes to tennis court colors, take a look at the public tennis courts in Echo Park, where a new blue central court and green outer court have replaced green and red as the courts are being resurfaced. The blue – a shade officially known as U.S. Open Blue – and green combination has become a popular choice since the U.S. Open adopted the colors in 2005. Now, those shades will be spreading across the city as the tennis court colors adopted by the Recreation and Parks Department.
“The visibility of the U.S. Open and the various [U.S. Tennis Assoc.] grant programs have changed the color palette of tennis courts in the U.S. primarily at the expense of red,” said Art Tucker Vice President of Recreational Products for California Products Corp., which supplied the color coating for the Echo Park courts. “The volume of red color is half of ten years ago. That volume now is taken up by blue.”
The six courts in Echo Park, located at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street, and another city tennis facility in San Pedro were resurfaced with a grant from the USTA, said Richard Zaino of Zaino Tennis Courts, which was hired to renovate the courts. The renovation of the Echo Park courts are expected to be completed today, he said.
In addition to the new color scheme, the courts will also have have “blended lines,” which create smaller courts designed to make it easier for children to play and learn the sport.
Don’t expect the tennis court palate in Echo Park or anyplace else to change very soon, said Zaino, whose company has been in business for more than 30 years.
“Tennis court colors are very conservative and very traditional. We don’t go through a whole range of changes.”