Squash Plus have built a prototype all-glass outdoor squash court
with an inverted court on top as a weather-proof canopy.
Constructed next to padel courts at a country club in Caceres,
western Spain, the outer court structure is built with steel and
polycarbonate (250 stronger than normal glass) and features a high
impact glass floor with a ‘peaks and troughs’ system to allow water
to sit below the surface without affecting grip.
The floor can feature different ‘grades’ producing a higher or lower
bounce to suit differing standards of players (although this is not
adjustable). Also in development is a tin which can extend to double
the regulation height to prolong rallies and make the game
accessible to more demographics.
The court is designed for use with any kind of rackets and balls
including tennis, padel or squash.
The court is supported by the outside structure so does not need the
vertical fins which can obscure spectators’ views of the action on
traditional glass show courts
The white colour of the court’s glass walls comes from a film which
has a five-year warranty, but the colour can be changed at any time.
The standard ceramic frit wall is also an option with multiple
The project is the brainchild of Lee Witham, president of
ProSportCourt which make squash and padel courts under the Squash+
and Padel+ brands that are manufactured in Mérida, Spain. He is also
president of ProSportLED, provider of squash court lighting in the
US and on the PSA Tour.
“We’ve used an available spot of land which is very hot in summer
and very cold at night in winter, so it’s the perfect site for
testing,” Witham tells Squash Player. “The court has great sound
absorption, light diffusion and blocks all UV rays. We’re now
building a second court in the factory.
The project has taken a lot of time and effort from everyone
involved, but we’re ready now and looking at a price point that most
clubs or even squash pros could probably afford and run a business
He adds: “Squash is an amazing game which most people have heard of
but never seen, so we need to make it more visible, affordable and
fun. If you get that recipe right, the game will get a lift – and it
“We’re trying to change the game a little bit, to prolong rallies
and allow people to experience the thrill of the sport straight
away. Having been a coach for 30 years I can see all the problems
with squash and why we’re not getting new people into the game. It
needs new ideas.”
The court is on sale now and Witham says he has already had interest
from Singapore, Australia, USA, Dubai and the UK.
From an interview in Squash Player magazine 2022 Issue 2
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