One of the most common excuses I’ll hear from tennis players is targeting the innocent yellow fuzzy sphere called the tennis ball.
“It’s doesn’t bounce”.
“I can’t see it the ball”.
“How much did you pay for these balls?”
This is by far the most popular statement. Literally, all tennis balls bounce but what tennis players really mean is it’s not bouncing to their liking. Players typically like new tennis balls. That freshly cracked can and the aromatic whiff that comes with each newly open canister of tennis balls.
If you are one of the few hundred select people on the planet Earth’s 7.4 billion population that play on the ATP or WTA tours, balls that don’t bounce are a legitimate gripe since they provide 6 new balls every 9 games. The rest of use are allotted one can for the first two sets of play and a fresh can for a 3rd set. So getting used to playing with balls that don’t bounce as high as they did when you opened them are the balls you should be practicing with.
I’ve been playing tennis for over 30 years I’ve never seen anyone look the wrong way when the ball came over the net. So what are tennis players really complaining about? Tennis balls get scuffed up. They get dirty, They get worn out. Sometimes they do get harder to see after you’ve been playing awhile especially on moist clay courts. Maybe the sun was in their eyes. (another popular statement). But this is where our first remedy comes in handy. These are the balls you should be developing mastery with since these scuffed up older tennis balls are the balls you will be hitting the most during your tennis life.
I once knew a private club that gave out free tennis balls to members each time they played. Members were ecstatic. It took away the annoying $3.50 credit card transaction right before they went on court. The club simply bundled the cost into the club membership. It was if they gave out 3 gold spheres upon check in to the front desk. So one of the reasons people complain about tennis balls getting old is they don’t want to open up more than one can for their matches unless they feel like the circumstances warrant it. In fairness to some tennis players some tennis clubs restrict 3 balls to a court. If you ever play tennis in Central Park in NYC you will experience this tightly run system.
To answer the initial question: manufactures pay about $1.99-2.25 for a can of tennis balls. So, if you go to a store and see a can of balls for around or under this price it’s known as a “loss leader” to get you browsing around in the store and buy more things. Most clubs or pro shops don’t make much margin on tennis balls as they retail for about $3.50-4.25 per can. Cases can get you a volume discount if you play a lot of tennis but for the most part the tennis balls people complain about will continue to come out fresh and lose there vibrancy after a few hours of play.
Here are a few places to buy tennis balls in the Miami area and online:
Publix -some stores actually sell tennis balls
Dicks Sporting Goods in Midtown
Note: A lot of public parks in the City of Miami DO NOT sell tennis balls.
When buying tennis balls buy Regular Felt for clay court surfaces and Extra Duty felt for hard court surfaces.
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Hint: Backhand City tennis classes use ATP World Tour Extra Duty Felt Tennis Balls.