Dunlop Australian Open Tennis Balls View

Dunlop Australian Open Tennis Balls

Used at every Australian open event leading to the finals, the Dunlop Australian Open tennis ball is the official ball of the tournament and it’s designed to the highest standard to ensure maximum playability and feel. The ball offers excellent pressure maintenance, as well as increased visibility on the court with a bright quality-made felt. The ball is played by the best of the best players in the world of tennis, and with HD Core HD Pro cloth, it definitely delivers a significant performance boost. Additionally, it is suitable for multiple, various playing surfaces, and when played for a substantial amount of time, the ball still preserves excellent feel, proper bounce and delivers fantastic shot sensation. The balls are shipped in an AO can which contains four units.

Slazenger Wimbledon Tennis Balls View

Slazenger Wimbledon Tennis Balls

The Slazenger Wimbledon tennis balls are designed for all type of competitive performances including the most celebrated tennis tournament – Wimbledon. The ball is manufactured from premium woven cloth and with exceptional Tour Core to provide top notch playing properties, excellent feel and superior consistency on the highest level of play. The Hydroguard technology repels water exceptionally in comparison to standard balls, and it has been designed with a patented Ultra Vis dye application process to ensure optimal visibility on all type of courts. This quality tennis ball is approved by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and it is shipped in a single tube featuring 4 balls.

Wilson Starter Game Orange Balls - 12 Pack View

Wilson Starter Game Orange Balls - 12 Pack

The Wilson Starter Game Orange Balls – 12 Pack are high-quality tennis balls which are great for easy learning.

Head Championship Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen View

Head Championship Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen

Made from premium high-density felt, the Head Championship are pressurised tennis balls designed to provide great all-around performance and enhanced durability and have been approved by the International Tennis Federation. They feature constant top quality seams and come in a 1-dozen pack (12 balls). These championship balls are suitable for all court surfaces.

Dunlop ATP Official Tennis Balls View

Dunlop ATP Official Tennis Balls

Designed for upmost demanding performance during competitive tournaments, the Dunlop ATP Official tennis balls provide incredible feel and proper consistency to match the high standards of competitive plays. It’s the official ball used at the season-ending ATP NextGen Finals and Nitto ATP finals. When hit with a racket it provides a magnificent shot sensation, and with the HD Pro Core and HD Pro Cloth, the ball offers spectacular playability and increased visibility. The balls arrive conveniently in a handy tube of four.


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There are few sporting sounds as recognisable or as evocative as that of a tennis ball connecting with a racket as the tennis player serves and returns, but the sound is a fairly modern phenomenon as tennis balls began life made with a mixture of ingredients.

Back in the fifteenth century in the days of ‘Real Tennis’, balls were made of wood,  cloth, leather, sheep gut or goat gut and stuffed with sand, soil, chalk, sawdust, human hair and wool – the latter of which was insisted upon by Louis XI. 

No doubt each combination impacted on the performance of the players and the injuries incurred.  Plus, as the balls did not bounce, they had to be kept aloft to sustain the game.

Originally players wore mitts to serve and return, the arrival of rackets – which in truth were more like bats, has been accredited to 16th century monks.

The emergence of lawn tennis in the late 19th century era of manufacturing and mass production brought rubber balls to the game for the first time.  Although still quite heavy they did bounce and brought greater interest, pace and strategy to the game.  It’s no coincidence that at this time tennis became increasingly popular in the UK, USA and Europe for players and spectators.

Little changed until the arrival of vulcanized rubber covered with felt in the 1970s giving the balls greater grip and making them lighter which introduced even greater consistency and excitement.  Back then balls were white, but this was the era of record TV viewings and the growing army of armchair tennis addicts required a ball that was easier to see so the colour yellow was introduced in 1972. 

The most recent innovation is the introduction of pressurized air inside the tennis ball. Those that are pressurised initially give better bounce but this is lost in time and gives a game inconsistency unless ‘new balls’ are brought in after an appropriate time.

Recreational players can pick up tennis balls of any colour, size and pressure at a wide variety of shops and websites but if you’re serious about the game you’re probably best considering a ball that meets the criteria set by the International Tennis Foundation (ITF).

The ITF has three ball categories: Stage 3 (red), Stage 2 (orange) and Stage 1 (green) each on relating to the experience and ability of the player.  Each stage adheres to strict guidelines on size, mass, rebound height and forward deformation.  The ITF publishes a list of all tennis balls approved for each stage and good retailers will specify whether the balls they’re selling are ITF approved and also which stage category they fall into.

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