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Plexicushion is an acrylic-based hard court tennis surface and one of the surface types used on the professional Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association tour. It is manufactured and sold by Plexipave, a company based in Massachusetts, USA.


According to the Plexipave website there are four different types of Plexicushion.[1] They are Prestige, Competition, Tournament and 2000.

The Plexicushion systems consist of a Plexicushion substrate (which is a blend of latex, rubber, and plastic particles) and the 100% acrylic Plexipave Surface.

Australian Open[edit]

Rod Laver Arena, Australian Open in Plexicushion.

On 30 May 2007 the Australian Open and Tennis Australia announced Plexicushion Prestige as the new Australian Open surface, replacing the Rebound Ace surface that had been in use since Melbourne Park was opened in 1988. The surface was installed in time for the 2008 Australian Open, and was accompanied by a change in surfaces at the lead-up tournaments to the Australian Open.[2][3][4]

Among the men, Novak Djokovic is the most successful player on Plexicushion, with all of his five Australian Open titles (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015) coming on Plexicushion. Serena Williams (2009, 2010 and 2015) is the most successful woman, winning three of her six Australian Open titles on this surface.

Effect on bounce[edit]

Plexicushion bounces lower and more predictably than the hard court surface previously used by the Australian Open before 2008, Rebound Ace. Because of this, Plexicushion creates safer matches with fewer variables than Rebound Ace. [5]


  1. ^ "Plexicushion Tennis Court Surface Products". 2008-01-13. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bevan, Chris (11 January 2008). "On-court blues for Aussie tennis?". BBC. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shades of blue for summer". The Australian. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Clarey, Christopher (13 January 2008). "On the surface, Australian Open gets a new bounce". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Clarey, Christopher (13 January 2008). "On the surface, Australian Open gets a new bounce". The New York Times. 

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