"Outdoors we can usually park close to the site. In contrast, inside we have doors, walkways and hallways to negotiate getting materials in and out. It takes a little extra care to get our work done without being disruptive, and our guys are great at providing the extra effort."
The extra effort pays off. Pros and other top-tier players often train and teach on indoor courts. "The level of scrutiny for the indoor surfaces is high, so the surfaces have to be right or the players will eventually complain," Murray says. "Our indoor tennis court installations reflect the quality of our work."
The quality of CAS work was recognized in 2017 when Tennis Industry Magazine honored CAS as the Tennis CourtBuilder/Contractor of the Year.
In announcing the Champions of Tennis award, TI said:
"The old axiom, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same,' might be especially apropos for tennis court construction. While construction techniques and surfacing materials have evolved, the sport itself holds true to tradition.
"This combination of evolution and tradition, says Lee Murray, president of Competition Athletic Surfaces, is how his company has operated, and has led to it being TI’s 2017 Builder/ Contractor of the Year.
"Murray went into the sealcoating and paving industry after college and migrated into tennis and track. Four decades later, he is still creating the best athletic surfaces possible."