Did you know where and how the official Wimbledon balls are manufactured?

Did you know where and how the official Wimbledon balls are manufactured?

Did you ever think about where and how the official tennis balls for the Wimbledon Championships tournament in Wimbledon are manufactured? Probably not. Doctor Mark Johnson, who works at Warwick Business School in Coventry did. He studied the production of the Slazenger tennis balls,that are the official Wimbledon balls since 1902. The results revealed in this study will definitely surprise you.

Eleven ingredients from nine different countries


The materials and parts that the official Wimbledon ball is made of, originate form nine different countries spread across four different continents. All the required ingredients get shipped to the province Bataan in the Philippines for production. The 
clay gets delivered from America, the felt is originated in Great Britain and the rubberrobberis from Malaysia and the Philippines. These three materials only cover a distance of 28’155 kilometres to get to the production plant. 

But there are more ingredients required to produce a tennis ball. Several chemicals are needed as well. Magnesium carbonate, sulphur and zinc oxide for example. Until finally all eleven ingredients find their way to Bataan, they travelled 67’899 kilometres.

Twice around the world

After the manufacturing process in Bataan the tennis balls are packed up in Indonesia, before they get shipped to their final destination: London. After – believe it or not – 81’367 kilometres the balls reach their intended location. The covered distance equates to the double length of the equator. The exact ways of the ingredients and the balls are displayed in the following graphic:

Eleven ingredients from nine different countries
The materials and parts that the official Wimbledon ball is made of, originate form nine different countries spread across four different continents. All the required ingredients get shipped to the province Bataan in the Philippines for production. The clay gets delivered from America, the felt is originated in Great Britain and the robber is from Malaysia and the Philippines. These three materials only cover a distance of 28’155 kilometres to get to the production plant.
But there are more ingredients required to produce a tennis ball. Several chemicals are needed as well. Magnesium carbonate, sulphur and zinc oxide for example. Until finally all eleven ingredients find their way to Bataan, they travelled 67’899 kilometres.

Twice around the world
After the manufacturing process in Bataan the tennis balls are packed up in Indonesia, before they get shipped to their final destination: London. After – believe it or not – 81’367 kilometres the balls reach their intended location. The covered distance equates to the double length of the equator. The exact ways of the ingredients and the balls are displayed in the following graphic:

 

The ATP World Tour explains the production of a tennis ball in this video worth seeing:

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