Tennis balls used to be white or black, according to the ITF. That changed with the introduction of television. Viewers had difficulty seeing tennis balls when they were thrown across the court during broadcast matches, thus the ITF ordered events to begin using yellow balls in 1972. (though white ones were still allowed).
Currently all sanctioned events use yellow balls. This color helps players and umpires see them better on TV. Balls do come in other colors, such as pink and green, but these are not official colors of the ITF.
The first tennis ball that anyone knows of was blue. In 1877 a New York sports promoter named William Lutyens invented a new type of ball for outdoor play that he called the "Climax." It was blue with a yellow center and red stripes around it. This may have been the first ball used in an organized game of tennis; there is no evidence that Lutyens ever applied for a patent. He never tested this ball in competition, and it is not known how well it performed.
Later that same year another ball made by Thomas Hughes became available for sale in the United States. This ball was white with red and black markings and came with a wooden box for storage. It too was used only in outdoor play and never entered into any formal competitions.
The Yellow Ball, 1972 The ITF incorporated yellow tennis balls into the rules of tennis in 1972, after studies revealed that these balls were more visible to television viewers. Meanwhile, Wimbledon maintained to utilize the original white ball until 1986, when it switched to yellow balls.
1986 The Ball in Yellow The ITF incorporated yellow tennis balls into the rules of tennis in 1972, after studies revealed that these balls were more visible to television viewers.
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Despite the problems for TV viewers, Wimbledon did not change the color of the ball to yellow until 1986. The Chicago Tribune published an article in 1991 about white tennis balls making a comeback. The story said that the ATP (the organization that runs men's professional tennis) had banned the use of dark-colored balls on indoor surfaces because they could get dirty more easily.
Wimbledon changed back to red balls in 1987. Previously, they used balls of various colors, but mostly white or light blue.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), the organizers of Wimbledon, announced in January 1986 that from the 1987 tournament they would no longer accept balls of any other color than red. This was due to complaints from spectators at the tournament who said they could not see the ball very well on certain types of seats. They wanted something more visible at night time when lights are used on Centre Court.
They also received several letters from parents who objected to the fact that young children were able to reach into the stands with metal detectors and pick up balls that were still encased in packing foam. These balls were too small for adults to hit, but they could be thrown like a baseball and cause injuries.
In 1985, 1988, and 1989, balls of other colors were used at Wimbledon.
Even though current tennis balls are generally comprised of rubber, the brilliant yellow fuzz was not always a regular sight. Tennis players used to sew flannel around the exterior of the rubber core. The balls were generally black or white in color, depending on the appearance of the court on which the players played.
Tennis balls have gone through many changes over the years. In fact, they have changed so much that some historians believe that modern tennis balls may be responsible for kicking off the Industrial Revolution in Britain! The story goes that when English weavers started using balls of cotton instead of wool to throw at pigs, this led to many new ways of producing fabrics that could not have happened otherwise. There is some evidence to support this theory: between 1770 and 1820, industrial production of textiles in Great Britain more than doubled.
"Tennis balls are neon yellow in big athletic events, but they can be nearly any hue in leisure play," according to the tennis ball website. (www.tennisball.com)
The most common colors are 1-2-3 or white-yellow-orange. But red, blue, green, and black balls have been made too.
Almost all tennis balls on the market today are colored either white or yellow. However, many other colors are available as well. For example, orange, pink, and green balls are commonly used by younger players because they look more like the real tennis ball and thus may give young players a better learning experience. Adult whites are also available if you want to represent your school or country.
There are two types of tennis balls that are available on the market today: standard and novelty. Standard balls are usually made from polyurethane and have approximately 220-280 flights per ball. They are used by everyone from beginners who love the feel of the ball on their shots even though it may not travel very far to advanced players who prefer a softer ball that travels further. Novelty balls are usually made from foam and have about 100-120 flights per ball. They are designed for younger players or players who need a soft ball to practice with.