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 ITF (International Tennis Federation) approved and exclusively used and endorsed at the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. These high-quality, performance balls have a premium woven cloth designed specifically for championship play and they use Hydroguard technology to repel up to 70% more water than a standard ball. To suit all styles of play and guarantee consistent performance characteristics, there is Tour Core™ technology. The balls are suitable for all surfaces and to ensure better visibility, they are made using Ultra Vis dye and patented application process. Plus, the Wimbledon balls come in a tube of 4.

Wilson US Open Tennis Balls - Tube of 4 View

Wilson US Open Tennis Balls - Tube of 4

The Wilson US Open tennis balls are made with premium Tex/Tech Industries felt and ensure optimal performance and durability on hard courts, as well as on clay/indoor courts. They feature a high altitude core for excellent performance on courts above 3500ft. The balls are supplied in a 4 ball can.

Head Pro Tennis Balls - Tube of 4 View

Head Pro Tennis Balls - Tube of 4

The Head Pro tennis balls are best suited to the tournament and serious club players. They offer a good bounce and spin potential and have the ITF (International Tennis Federation), FFT (Fédération Française de Tennis) and FIT (Federazione Italiana Tennis) approval. These fast and responsive balls ensure enhanced durability thanks to a premium TexTech felt. Also, they feature SmartOptikFelt™ technology providing increased visibility on clay and hard courts. The balls are supplied in a tube of four.

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.

Wilson Triniti Tennis Balls - Can of 4 View

Wilson Triniti Tennis Balls - Can of 4

The Wilson Triniti tennis balls are designed as an eco-friendly alternative that spreads awareness and pushes the boundaries of sustainability even further. In order to eliminate the need of sealing tennis balls in a pressurised can, the balls are non-pressurised and include adequate technologies to re-create the feel and performance of traditional balls. This allowed for designing a beautiful octagonal paper container which is fully recyclable and eco-friendly. The ball is designed with special Engage Core to preserve that fresh, crisp feel for longer, whilst the STR Felt delivers increased up 50% flexibility and durability. The set is shipped in a unique packaging that includes four tennis balls.

Mantis Tour Tennis Balls - Single Tube View

Mantis Tour Tennis Balls - Single Tube

The Mantis Tour tennis balls are high quality pressurised tennis balls ideal for all levels of play. These versatile balls incorporate premium woven cloth which makes them suitable for all surfaces.


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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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