There are three different types of balls used at the four Grand Slams. Both hard courts consider by the Australian Open and U.S. Open use Wilson balls. Wimbledon uses Slazenger. The French Open made news and drew condemnation by changing from Dunlop to Babolat.
Few tennis matches attract as much awareness as Wimbledon. From introducing some of the world's best players to drawing attentiveness from global observer and Royal tennis fans alike, The Championships are a uniquely exciting event; they are also surprisingly, a hotspot for souvenir collectors. In 2012, fans left the tournament with more than 700 headstrong Tennis Balls, the majority of which are pocketed as a unique memento after flying into the crowd accidentally. After finding out that an astound 700 balls go missing every year, we started to wonder how many tennis balls are used during Wimbledon altogether. Over 54,000 balls are used every year.
Every year, over 54,000 Slazenger Tennis Balls UK get ready for Wimbledon. As of last year, the official count was 54,250 balls – enough to provide 48 tons of balls for the Center and No. 1 Courts and 24 for each outside court daily.
It is an astound number, even for a round of Wimbledon's scale. Break down the number of balls involve for each match, however, and the 54000+ balls are used every tournament makes perfect sense.
Did you know that the temperature of a tennis ball also affects its performance?
Change the temperature of the tennis ball and you change the compulsion of the gas that is inside it, eventually changing the ball's ambulation. A warmer ball acts very differently on the court from a cool one. The lower the tennis balls temperature, the more it is gas molecules contract during the game the less it bounces. The warmer the temperature of a ball is the greater the amount of energy as the molecules contain and higher it bounces.
What do they do of old balls?
The used balls are sold for charity. This means that the money raised by selling the balls is given to welfare. The day after the match, the balls are sold at the Used Balls stand next to Court 14 at a cost of £3 for a tin of three balls; £5 for six.
It is fascinating to realize the scope of the materials used and the strict testing that each ball must undergo.
A Slazenger Wimbledon ball must:
- Bounce between 53 and 58 inches after being dropped onto tactile from a height of 100 inches.
- Measure two-and-a-half inches in diameter.
- Weigh two ounces.
- Be treated with a water repellent barrier called Hydro guard to protect it from the rain.
- Be packed in a persuade tin to keep it from going soft.
- Be kept at 68° Fahrenheit in fridge court side to keep them in perfect condition.
- And to think that all of this goes into a ball that is played with for 7 to 9 games. It is no wonder that the players hardly ever complain about the condition of these Table Tennis Balls.