The organisers have replaced Babolat with Wilson as the official ball at Roland Garros. Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic have called the new balls “heavier” and “slower”. … Coupled with the weather conditions, the Wilson balls could theoretically pose problems to the perennial champion.
Herein, why is the French Open using heavier balls?
In a telephone interview from Mallorca, Toni told AFP that the heavier balls are also tipping the balance of power closer to the Serb who is chasing a second French Open and 18th Grand Slam. Nadal, the 12-time champion, can equal Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 majors with victory in the final in Paris on Sunday.
Also, why is it called Roland Garros?
Ten years after his death, in 1928, the tennis stadium that had been built for the Mousquetaires to defend their Davis Cup title was named after Roland Garros, at the request of Emile Lesueur, president of the Stade Français and Garros’ former classmate at the HEC, whose campaign to chair the Stade Français had been …
What balls are they using at Roland Garros?
Wilson® becomes the Official Ball and the Official Stringing Partner of Roland-Garros. Wilson will provide a new co-branded, high-performance tennis ball designed specifically for the famous clay courts of Roland-Garros.
Roland Garros tied up with Wilson in 2020
Speaking about the tennis balls, they are approved by the ITF for competitive play. The ball comprises 100% natural rubber, which helps in maintaining maximum consistency and resiliency. It maintains durability and consistent performance on clay court surfaces.
A 1925 rule decreed that tennis balls must bounce 53 to 58 inches when dropped from 100 inches. That regulation has not changed. … Still, a ball’s mass can range from 56 grams to 59.4 grams. That range means a Dunlop ball stays down more on the slice, Gilbert said, because it is a heavier ball.
Approximately 54,000 tennis balls are used every year in the Wimbledon tennis tournament. And if you’re wondering how they’re kept in such pristine condition, amusingly they’re stored in a refrigerated container at exactly 68°F to ensure the perfect service!
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