Guilford company’s court ready for Davis Cup play

 New Haven, CT, February 04, 2004,  by Maria Garriga -- Hinding Tennis Courts LLC won the $30,000 tennis court contract from the Mohegan Sun in December.

Tom Hinding, the 36-year-old founder and owner of the company, said he designed the surface to be easier on the players' joints.

"This is a therapeutic surface," Hinding said. "It's a soft, cushioned surface. Players enjoy it because it's easier on their knees and their joints."

The portable court, made with a urethane base, unrolls like a carpet. Hinding's workers then paint the court lines with acrylic paint.

Hinding rolled out the court Monday morning, and players began practicing on it Monday afternoon.

The U.S. and Austrian teams will play each other in the first round of the prestigious international team tournament Friday through Sunday. First-round games will take place this weekend worldwide.

Hinding also resurfaced three courts at the Lyme Shores Racquet Club in East Lyme. The Austrian team is using those courts this week to practice for the Davis Cup.

Demand for the portable courts has been high, Hinding said. He said he filled 175 orders in 2003, including 30 in private homes and clubs throughout Connecticut.

Most of his orders come from Connecticut and Rhode Island, he said.

Maria Garriga can be reached at or 789-5685.

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