TENNIS CLUB MESTRE with lawyer Pea and with Eng. Bertocco

In the dining area of the clubhouse towers a large poster with an image of a Davis Cup match played in the summer of 1974 on court “one” of the clubhouse. Even for someone who is not a great tennis expert, the image of Panatta and Bertolucci playing doubles against Nastase and Tiriac can only evoke a truly mythical era of the sport.

The Tennis Club Mestre was founded in 1950 and thus has more than 70 years of history, with many important tournaments organized and counts many fans and agonists who have trodden its clay courts, thanks to the service offered by this important club to the local area. Suffice it to say that the tennis school currently follows almost 200 boys and that, in collaboration with the FIT, the club’s athletes participate in provincial and regional team championships as early as 10 years of age and up to major tournaments.

We can say, without fear of contradiction, that ours is among the first circles in the Veneto regionne.”



Until recently, an international tournament, both men’s and women’s, was organized and has historically brought much prestige to the Club. The will of the Executives is to resume that tradition, hoping for the presence and support of sponsors who can enable its continuation.

But there is more than just a historical atmosphere here. Significant investments in technology have been made in recent years to increase the performance of the facilities and improve their energy balance, optimizing costs and lowering the environmental footprint of the activities carried out.


The President, Lawyer Pea and Councilor Eng. Bertocco, in charge of following the technical area, kindly welcomed us to the facility and, after telling us about the activities carried out, went on to explain in more detail the interventions implemented with the help of Greenetiks.

“We have seven courts at our disposal, six of which with red clay and one in “play-it” (a special synthetic surface). Five of these facilities are also used in winter, thanks to pressostatic covers.

We learned, through word of mouth, about the efficiency proposals of Greenetiks, whom we approached for the installation and tuning of the “press” system. Thanks to the application of the inverters that regulate the motors, we are already finding that there is significant savings, through an initial review of the power purchase bills.


With Mr. Alt, a trusting relationship was created, so when he approached us with the possibility of replacing the previous halide lighting system, we agreed to carry out an initial experiment: a lighting study was carried out for the “point-to-point” replacement of the fixtures, installing bells with optics equipped with beam reduction for optimal light distribution.

For each point, we went from 450 to 150 watts of absorption, thus reducing the relative absorption by two-thirds. We have also improved the flows, resulting in a significant increase in visibility within the structures. And the economic results can already be seen in the first bills received after the intervention.”


Subsequently, the experiment was extended to all other courts.

“In addition, there was also the explicit appreciation from our Members, usually not very generous in compliments, but rather ready to point out any shortcomings.”

This finding echoes comments I have heard before in other circles: who knows why the commitment of volunteers in running these organizations is always taken for granted, without giving the necessary consideration and appreciation? But back to our interview.


“In the future we will have additional light points to replace, but of course it is necessary to properly plan investments from the financial point of view.

Finally, Greenetiks has provided us with one of the first examples of the electric roller of their invention, to facilitate the maintenance activities of the court surface.”

So I would say you are satisfied with Greenetiks’ services?

“Certainly we have found a helpful and knowledgeable partner who understood our needs and met them with solutions that are undoubtedly proving to be viable.”

Would you then be willing to recommend Greenetiks to your colleagues?

“Certainly yes.”


We greet our courteous interlocutors and leave the facility.

Now it is getting dark: on my way out I pass several boys arriving, ready for their lesson. It’s good to see them, smiling and a bit noisy, with their bags and paddles, rather than imagining them at home, intent on their computers or absorbed in the world of video games. Some healthy (and noble) sport is certainly better.

Thank you, then, to clubs like this one, for the opportunities they provide, and thank you to those who work hard to run them as well as possible, with an eye to the impact on the environment as well!