For safety reasons Courts 1-3 will be closed for the next few days due to a trip hazard, and we recommend players try to organise play for non peak times during this period
The carpet was rolled back to allow the ducting to be laid for the new floodlights on courts 1 and 2. When the contractors rolled it back down, they discovered that the carpet had expanded and now does not lay flat. There is a ridge between courts 1 and 2 and courts 2 and 3. Although the courts are playable, this ridge is a trip hazard and thus we are closing the courts until the situation is rectified. Expert carpet fitters are due on site early next week.
Apologies for this unexpected convenience.
Read on for more details.
All floodlight columns have now been erected for Courts 1 and 2. This work including digging two narrow trenches and installing cable ducts from the boundary with Courts 4-6, running between Courts 1 and 2, and 2 and 3. In order to carry out this work the court carpet had to be lifted back.
After cementing the trench the contractors were planning to re-lay the carpet on Thursday afternoon, but the wet weather prevented them from clearing all the debris from the trench area effectively. On Thursday morning they cleaned the area and sought to relay the carpet.
However the carpet had frozen overnight and could not be moved until it had thawed. On thawing the carpet has expanded by a couple of millimetres. This is preventing the carpet from laying flat and there are currently two long ridges with one side of the carpet laying over the other.
We are expecting expert carpet fitters to come on site to carry out the necessary modifications to refit the carpet correctly early next week.
Although the courts are playable, the ridge is a trip hazard and thus we are closing the courts until the situation is rectified. We recommend players try to organise play for non peak times during this period.
In addition there will be a further interruption to play on Courts 1-3 on Tuesday 22nd January when the new LED floodlights are lifted onto the columns, and we will keep you informed of outages