Cool Stuff Being Made: How Tennis Balls Are Made

By May 6, 2006Cool Stuff Being Made

tennis.jpg For the outdoor tennis players out there, the season here in the Mid-Atlantic is in full swing (get it…?), so our thoughts turn to whacking the fuzzy ball. This is another video from our friends at South Carolina Educational TV. It’s a 7-1/2-minute tour of a Wilson tennis ball plant. Wilson Sporting Goods is the world’s largest manufacturer of tennis balls. The video follows the ball through the process from slugs to half-shells to the core and finally to the application of green felt to the outside.

This one plant makes 90,000 dozen balls a week, over 50 million a year. Incredible.

Click here to see the video of the tennis ball being made and feel the manufacturing vibe. All you budding Roger Federers or Venus (and Serena) Williams will enjoy this.

Tennis anyone?