On April 16, 2022, the 69th Conde de Godó Tennis Trophy will begin in Barcelona (Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell). If you are a tennis lover, it is undoubtedly an event that you cannot miss. Will Rafa Nadal play tennis on the cork court this Conde Godó Trophy in Barcelona?
This year you will be able to see players like Rafa Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman among others on the tennis courts.
On the other hand, you can stay at the SOFIA Barcelona in The Unbound Collection by HYATT hotel for its luxurious facilities and its proximity to the Real Club de Tenis de Barcelona.
As on previous occasions, this 2022, it is the official hotel of the Tournament. If you’re lucky, you may come across one of your favorite players in the hotel lobby.
If you are looking for something more than design and technology, this hotel will captivate you. The difference is made by the finishes. If you long to take your breath away as you take in the views from your window, SOFIA Barcelona in The Unbound Collection by HYATT is what you’ve always wanted.
After enjoying a day of tennis matches or the Village, a mandatory break when returning to the hotel will be the SOFIA OASIS Wellness & Spa.
A priori, cork and tennis do not seem to have any connection since they are totally different references. Nothing is further from reality.
For some time, in collaboration with different national and international universities, the CORCHO EXTREMADURA technical team has been studying how to find floors where any sport improves both grip and flexibility.
On the othr hand, broadly speaking, we can play tennis on different types of courts: grass tennis court, clay tennis court, hard or cement tennis court, resin tennis court or artificial grass tennis court. In the near future will it be possible to play on a cork court?
When we talk about tennis at the highest level we try to see how to improve the ground. A court in which a tennis player can be injured can represent a high cost, human first and also economic.
Granulated cork stands out for its density as it is perfect for finishing on the court. Uniform and clean appearance. Expanded cork granules are a by-product obtained during the production of cork agglomerate slabs.
It is a 100% ecological and recyclable product based on a renewable raw material such as cork extraction from the cork oak in its natural life cycle.
In its manufacture, only cork granules are used, which, when subjected to a thermal process, release resin (suberin), which works as a natural binder.
For a long time, the Faculty of Sports Sciences of Cáceres (University of Extremadura), with pioneering technology in Europe, has been studying how to improve tennis courts. However, the options that were considered until recently were with synthetic products.
To date, improvements are already being studied by applying cork mixed with different materials. With this, it will be possible to achieve safer, ecological and durable tennis courts.
The cork, having thousands of air chambers, causes it to flex and expand when stepping on said track. This way of flexing and recovering that the cork has is, without a doubt, ace. Hence the great interest of different laboratories in studying and improving the different cements that until now were perhaps quite limited.
Seeing the achievements that can be obtained on tennis courts, our great interest in collaborating with different public and private organizations to introduce cork in sport is born.
We are already scoring goals in football! Even so, we have to keep moving forward to win sets in tennis. We are getting closer to our match-point!