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Wednesday 25th May 2016
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Why are tennis balls always bright green?


In Wimbledon, tennis balls are a light green colour. Why do they use balls that match the colour of the surface? Why not a white ball, so you can see it better?
Martin, Canning Town


** Definitive **
Name: V, Essex
Qualification: Used to play for Essex juniors
Answer: The balls aren’t green, they are a hi-vis yellow. In the 1960s, Wimbledon used to see players coming to the net a lot and the grass on the courts would wear out. On TVs, white balls couldn’t be seen on a faded court, so they moved to hi-vis yellow balls, so everyone could see it clearly.