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Har-Tru Sports has a long and rich history dating back to the early 1900s.In the early 1900s tennis was played on local clays, grass, or on a product called En-Tout-Cas, a crushed brick product from Europe.
The European-style clay court is still being used today in several European countries.
In 1931 the first Har-Tru court was built and the brand was born.
Horace Robinson was a local contractor who had switched from local clay to En-Tout-Cas, the brick granular product from England.
As his experience grew, he went in search of an American supplier for the granular clay-type courts he was building.
Hearing about a green stone in Pennsylvania he visited the Funkhouser Company to learn more about the by-product from their roofing granule plant.
Robinson convinced them to experiment with the product as a tennis court surface.
Horace Robinson’s full name was Henry Alexander Robinson.His wife thought of using his initials—HAR—and combining them with the true green color and true bounce that came from playing on the product. Robinson died, she sold the name and Har-Tru business to employees.Incorporated in 1932 in New York, Har-Tru was later re-incorporated in Maryland in 1947.During this time, many Har-Tru courts were built, primarily in the club market and at private homes throughout the country.Har-Tru was sold regionally under several names established by local contractors.Examples included Rubico, Tennico, Petico, Standard Green, and Porous Green.