US Open changing hard-court brand for 1st time since 1970s

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FIEL - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, casts a shadow as he serves to Diego Schwartzman at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. The ATP called off all men's professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a WTA spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Thursday, March 12, 2020, that the women's tour was not immediately prepared to do the same. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FIEL - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, casts a shadow as he serves to Diego Schwartzman at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. The ATP called off all men's professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a WTA spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Thursday, March 12, 2020, that the women's tour was not immediately prepared to do the same. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Open tennis tournament is changing the brand of its court surfaces for the first time in more than 40 years.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Monday it has a five-year agreement for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to use Laykold hard courts made by Advanced Polymer Technology.

They replace DecoTurf, the hard-court surface played on at the U.S. Open since 1978.

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Laykold courts have been used at the Miami Open and New York Open and for Fed Cup matches in the United States.

The tennis calendar has been in a near-constant state of flux because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the U.S. Open is still scheduled to start main-draw action at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 31.

The men's and women's tours are suspended until at least June 7, and the French Open has moved its start from May to September.

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