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Friday 31st October 2014
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What Are Tennis Players Looking For When Inspecting Balls?

Question


When professional tennis players go to a ball boy/girl they get given some, look at them, take two and give two back - is this an affectation or is there a reason for it?
Paul, Surbiton



Answer


**Definitive**
Name: Peter, Roehampton
Qualification: LTA Tennis Coach
Answer: Every so often they change balls. When they go to serve with a ball they like it to be nice and smooth. If a ball has been used it gets a little ruffled and it slows the ball down. They look at the fluff and see which one is the smoothest as that will be most aerodynamic and go faster.


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