New Surface for the Australian Open

June 12, 2007

Andover, MA — Tennis Australia announced the selection of Plexicushion Prestige as the Surface of the Australian Open. The decision was made after an extended review process which focused on the upgrade of Melbourne Park and a broader program focusing on the upgrade of tennis facilities throughout Australia. Removal of the old surface began on June 4, 2007. The Plexicushion surface will be supplied and installed by Wm. Loud (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. of Melbourne. The construction will be completed in time for the 2008 tournament. Lead up tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East will also convert their facilities to Plexicushion. The worldwide network of Plexipave contractors will insure consistency at all events.

The key advantages leading to the change were:

Plexicushion Prestige is classified by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as a Category 2 speed of play. The Australian Open will have a unique pace to meet the demands of the professional players.