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How to choose the right tennis balls.


Tennis balls are an important part of your game. Whether you're a professional or a social tennis player, the quality of your playing equipment is a vital part of your success on the tennis court.

There are various different types of tennis balls to suit various different surfaces. Most major tennis brands typically have three main grades of tennis balls. These are categorized as basic, team practice, and tournament standards.

Basic grades of tennis balls are what you may use for the occasional tennis play and the durability typically is for one- or two-time use.

Team Practice grade of balls is what you will use at your usual tennis session at the local club. Most clubs use this grade for their club night sessions for practice sessions to keep the cost low. These are also used by many coaches for their one-to-one tennis sessions.

Tournament grade. The best grade of balls with maximum durability and designed for the top level of play.


Pressurized and non-pressurized tennis balls.

Pressurized tennis balls are preferred for tournaments and competitive games due to their speed and excellent rebound. However, these balls don't have a fully sealed outer shell, so they don't last as long as balls without pressure. These balls usually come in a metal can with a seal, like a soda can.

The lifespan of a pressurized tennis ball depends in part on the surface it is played on and how hard you hit it. Professional tennis players typically use a new ball about every 9 matches.

Pressure-less tennis balls last longer than pressurized balls. They have a rubber structure that gives them their bounce. They are used in training or for ball machines.

It is easy to control due to its slow speed and low bounce. This makes it an ideal tennis ball for beginners and players who only go to the court occasionally.

The quality of a tennis ball felt affects its lifespan. The better the quality of the felt, the longer the ball will last. inferior quality felt will wear out quickly and unevenly, causing the ball to bounce irregularly.

ITF approved tennis balls.



International and regional tournaments must use ITF approved ball. If preparing for a specific tournament, its always good to know what is the official ball for that tournament and therefore you can practice using the same. Balls react different to various surfaces like clay, grass etc.

What Are The Specifications Set By The ITF?

Yellow and white are the best permitted shades for tennis balls for use in reliable matches. The ITF additionally offers clean commands concerning the size, weight, and bouncing homes of tennis balls.

It has permitted 4 exclusive varieties of tennis balls for tournaments and reliable matches. The federation distinguishes among fast, medium speed, and sluggish tennis balls plus particular ones for altitudes over 1,219 metres above sea level.

The specific specs for tennis balls made via way of means of the ITF are as follows:

Diameter: 6.35 – 7.three centimetres

Mass: 56 – 59.four grams

Rebound: 122 – 151 centimetres

The rebound is measured via way of means of losing a tennis ball from a top of exactly 254 centimetres onto a flat concrete surface. Moreover, the ITF specifies the ahead and go back deformation homes of tennis balls: the ahead deformation have to range among 0.495 and 0. seventy-four centimetres. The go back deformation have to now no longer be above 1.08 centimetres or beneath 0. sixty-seven centimetres.

Junior Tennis Balls.

These are more commonly divided in 3 categories. Red, Orange and Yellow tennis balls. This are referred to as "mini's". They are slightly diffrent in size and pressure, therefore bounce accordingly and much softer than a normal tennis ball.

Red, Orange, and Green are the three Mini Tennis levels; each has a different court size and ball type. This personalised system, which is focused on age and physical development, enables players to pick up essential abilities and techniques at an early age.

In order to introduce adult newcomers to the sport, clubs and coaches all throughout the UK are now using the low compression balls that are used in Mini Tennis. The game is much simpler to learn thanks to the slower and lower-bouncing balls.

Once a player begins competing in tournaments, their accomplishments contribute to raising their Mini Tennis Rating, which is used to assess a player's skill level and facilitates entry into higher levels of competition as a player advances.



8 Years and Under in Red

For players 8 years of age and younger, red ball is a terrific method to get started in tennis. Shorter rackets and softer balls are used, and it is played on smaller courts. Players have the chance to play a variety of strokes and engage in lengthy rallies because it is just like the real game.

Who is the target audience for red ball mini tennis?

Children ages 8 and younger can play red ball mini tennis.

Which ball is utilised?

A red felt ball is used outside, whereas a red sponge ball is utilised indoors.

What size court is used for red ball?

a court that is 11 metres by 5.5 metres. Use of the badminton court lines is acceptable.

Ages 8 and 9: Orange

For players between the ages of 8 and 9, orange ball is an excellent way to advance from red ball. Red ball is played on somewhat bigger courts, with bigger rackets and harder balls than red ball. The next step before playing on a full-sized court, it will help players hone all of their different shots and create friendly competition.

Who is the target audience for orange ball mini tennis?

For players ages 8 and up, there is orange ball mini tennis.

10 Years Old Green

Players can continue to advance from orange ball mini tennis with green ball. With larger rackets and slightly softer balls than yellow balls, it is played on a full tennis court. Before using a full compression yellow ball on a full-sized court, this is the stage that players must go through. It will help them work on and enhance every area of their game.

Who is the target audience for green ball mini tennis?

For players ages 9 and up, there is green ball mini tennis.

Which ball is utilised?

For players transitioning from orange balls to real tennis balls, a green 

Rackets Kingdom is an authorized stockist of all major brands of tennis balls, including Wilson, Babolat, Yonex, Head, Dunlop, and Prince. We carry a wide selection of balls, to help you play your best.