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Make Your Home Your Castle

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COVID-19 has caused many of Grand Slam Courts’ clients to consider making improvements to their home. If we are going to have to spend more time at home than in the past, why not make it as comfortable, relaxing, and entertaining as possible? Plus, if you are restricted from using public outdoor facilities, why not make your own backyard a place that offers greater enjoyment?

A backyard home improvement project is a great investment for your family. Fresh air and sunshine promote a healthy mind and body. Surrounding yourself with natural beauty will increase your enjoyment of the outdoors. And having something to do in the backyard that gets your heart beating and puts your competitive spirit in gear is also important for physical and mental health.

As all of us have learned in recent months, having a home that is also your castle is a big plus when you must spend nearly all your time there.

When you view photos of the world’s most beautiful castles, you will undoubtedly see that they are surrounded by beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Your yard may not be as large as that of most castles, but your backyard can become an oasis of trees, shrubs, flowers, and lush, green lawn.

If your backyard just needs a little sprucing up to be a more welcoming space, you may be able to avoid hiring a landscaper. Remove old overgrown plants. Replace them with new plantings. Add some new plants, edging, and other outdoor décor. You will find a large selection of everything from bird houses, fire pits, planters, outdoor lighting, trellises, border edging and much more from San Antonio online retailers, GardenGateDecor.com.

But, to make sure your backyard is not just a serene place to relax, you need to add some recreation. A sport court from Grand Slam Courts will complete your castle set-up. The client shown above added both a half-court basketball court and a court for racquet sports. Great idea!

Once your “castle” is complete, enjoy it! And, when COVID-19 is a thing of the past, invite all your family and friends to enjoy your custom-designed backyard/recreation area. Biggest problem? They may want to move in! Give us a call to get a quote on completing your castle with a new backyard court from Grand Slam Courts.

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The Big Three in Men’s Tennis: Who Retires First?

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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. They are currently ranked #1, #2 and #3. Djokovic is the youngest at 32. Federer is the oldest at 38. Between them, they have won the last 12 Grand Slam titles. The last time a new face appeared on the winner’s podium was 2014.

It is clear that the three players are about the best the world has ever seen in professional tennis. And, it also seems that one of the reasons that they can all stay “hungry” is because of the rivalry between them.

Since 2003, these three men have captured 55 major titles. On the active tour right now, the youngest player with a Grand Slam title to his name is 31-year-old Marin Cilic of Croatia.

So, why are there no teenage sensations knocking them out at the big tournaments? Nadal, Djokovic and Federer all rose to stardom in their teens.

This year, 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev almost knocked Nadal off the podium at the US Open. But, Nadal prevailed—again.

There are talented young players with dominant court skills. But, none has been able to outlast Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in five-set matches over a 14-day Grand Slam tournament for 5 years. The “old guys” have stamina!

So, who will be the first of the three to retire? And, what will cause them to retire? An injury? A beat-down by a younger player? Or some other circumstance?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Adding Vibrant Color to Your Backyard Court

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Remember when every tennis court was green? Outdoor basketball courts were mostly gray concrete? Such is not the case today. Grand Slam Courts’ clients today can choose from an array of colors to complement their home, their landscape, or to honor their favorite teams.

Sport Court’s surfaces come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, green, blue, purple, red, black, gray and white. Whatever suits your imagination and desire, we can bring to life in your backyard.

Over the years, a number of teams have attempted to get noticed by playing their home games on unusual colors. Think of Boise State University, that began playing football on a blue synthetic turf field in 1986.

Brightly colored courts are common now in the world of professional tennis. That is often an attempt to establish a brand for professional tennis tournaments. But in the years since the first non-green tennis courts were introduced, the USTA discovered that blue and purple courts make it easier for the folks watching on television to see the yellow tennis balls.

Among those building community tennis or basketball courts, we recommend choosing darker colors. Because it is difficult to control the footwear used on the court and the type of play that might take place without authorization (ie, skateboarding or rollerblading), we find that darker colors usually hide marks better.

On the other hand, darker colors will retain more heat, and in Texas that is sometimes a big consideration for our clients.

Grand Slam Courts can offer advice and guidance on colors that would best suit the area where the court will be built. And, yes, we can do an orange court.

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Multi-Sport Courts Are Multi Fun!

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Everyone knows that Grand Slam Courts builds basketball courts and tennis courts. Did you know that one of these courts can double—or even triple—as a court for other sports and games?

We know that Grand Slam Courts is installing family fun. Our Sport Courts™ offer entertainment and physical activity for all ages—from the preschooler to grandpa. Many of our clients tell us that their Sport Court has been a great investment because it can be used for so many games—and as the kids grow up, they develop more skill and use it in different ways.

Here is a list of some of the games that can be combined on our Multi-Sport Courts for even more fun. Start with a basketball and/or tennis court. Add markings and accessories for:

Short Court Tennis

Pickleball

Volleyball

Roller Hockey

4-Square

Shuffleboard

Soccer

Futsal

Tennis Drill Backboard

Maybe you can think of other court games that could be added to your backyard Grand Slam Court. If so, give us a call and we can help you with a customized design that will add beauty and value to your backyard landscape.

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Yes! Grand Slam Builds Pickleball Courts!

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Pickleball is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports. Those who play the sport say that it is fun, fast, and easy for all ages to pick up and play well.

Pickleball is played on a court that is like a tennis court, but smaller. A pickleball court is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. That makes the dimensions of the marked court about 44% of the size of a standard tennis court. Because a pickleball is not as lively as a tennis ball, however, the surface area needed to play pickleball court is closer to 25% of what a tennis court requires.

Pickleball is played with a paddle that is larger than a ping pong paddle and made with a graphite frame and a hitting surface that contains a composite material, often a polymer. The balls look like whiffle balls and are less than 3 inches in diameter. The net has somewhat tighter webbing than a tennis court net and stands 34 inches high at the center of the court.

One fan of the sport described the game this way: Imagine playing ping pong while standing on the table!

There are several places to play pickleball in the San Antonio area. Find some courts here. Try it out. And when you get hooked, give Grand Slam Courts a call about building a pickleball court in your backyard.

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Most Beautiful Tennis Courts in the World

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Those of us who work at Grand Slam Courts tend to think that some of the world's most beautiful tennis courts are right here in San Antonio and Central Texas--and we built them!

But, there are some rather stunning tennis courts in other parts of the world. We know that many of our clients are world travelers, and would enjoy playing on courts like those at Wimbledon and at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open. But, there are other beautiful tennis courts out there that are not as well-known--but are nevertheless stunningly beautiful.

Here are a few examples:

The tennis courts at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii are pictured above. Within view of the Kohala Coast, playing on these courts might be an exercise in trying to stay focused on the game. The surroundings seem rather distracting in their beauty.



Talk about distracting! The tennis court above is found in Tanzania in the midst of the Serengeti. It looks like the competitors might have large animals of many types cross the courts during play.



These tennis courts are found at Stanglwirt in the Austrian Alps. A "wellness resort," Stanglwirt is in a stunning setting, and players on the tennis courts there enjoy spectacular views of the Alps.

Tennis on world-famous courts like these is a special treat. Our clients' Grand Slam courts may not be set in exotic locations like these. But, the fact that they are right outside the door to their home makes them a convenient place to enjoy the game.

See some of our beautiful tennis courts here.
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How to Create a Beautiful—and FUN—Backyard

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Having a beautiful backyard does not mean that the only thing you can do there is sit. We have had plenty of clients that longed for a backyard sport court or tennis court that would enhance their fitness and ability to have fun in their backyard. But, they worried that they would end up with a backyard that looked full of concrete.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

With some creative landscaping, including trees, plants, flagstone walkways, and retaining walls, it is possible to create a backyard court that seems to be part of a virtual oasis.

Below are some ideas. But, for a landscaping plan that works in your backyard, give us a call. We can provide a quote on installation of a court and recommend local landscapers to complete the lovely—and lively-- backyard you desire.

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