… white tennis balls?
Thanks to Anne Shillolo for this suggestion posted to the Whatever happened to … Padlet.
What ever happened to… white tennis balls? We were travelling a week or so ago and really tired, and the only restaurant nearby was a Cages Sports outlet. It was in St. Jerome PQ and turned out to have amazing all local food and beers. And lot of big screen sports events playing. For some reason, while watching tennis, I remembered the original white tennis balls. I remember when I first played with the greeny yellow ones. Maybe 1976 or so at the U of W courts. The colour was called Optic Yellow. Now you never see white ones… @anneshillolo
I can remember the white tennis balls from my youth although the sport wasn’t tennis. It was baseball.
You see, my father was a really good pitcher. My brother and I would play catch with him all the time. Playing with a real baseball was a killer since he could throw it so hard. We would end up begging to play catch with a tennis ball instead. It sure stung but not nearly as much as a baseball. There were other issues too. My dad was a lefty and so the ball actually had a tendency to rotate and move in a different direction that anyone else I played with (we were all righties). Plus, with the tennis ball, it had that fuzzy surface designed to put spin on the ball to help it change direction. Put that in the hands of a pitcher and he could throw a curve ball that looked like it just dropped off a table. I distinctly remember times where I’d reach high and to the right only to miss the ball which passed me low and to the left.
The other neat thing about tennis balls used for baseball was that you could hit them a mile with a bat. It was there where you could really appreciate the trajectory of the ball.
Tennis balls were the universal gaming accessory. I can remember playing hockey, jai alai, and dodge ball with one. No volleyball though!
As for tennis, at the time, I don’t recall any tennis courts in the town at all. There was one hot shot who played competitive tennis and I think he had to go to Goderich to play. The rest of us basically bounced the balls off the solid walls of the school as we played back and forth making up our own game. It was only when I started my teaching career that I found out that was a real sport called racket ball!
As for the change from white to the yellow/green colour, I seem to remember something about yellow/green playing better with television when they started televising night time tennis.
I’ve got to share this picture – yesterday, after reading Anne’s suggestion, Jaimie and I did our morning walk which takes us by the tennis courts in one of the town parks. It’s always a good place to find a few discarded tennis balls. Can you see the one in this picture?
For a Sunday, your thoughts…
- are you a tennis player?
- can you remember a time when tennis balls were white?
- why are there double lines along the left and right sides of the court?
- if a ball hits the line, is it in or out?
- have you ever jumped over a net let you see on television?
- tennis balls are a necessity in education these days. Where do you use them?
- why can’t you buy just one tennis ball?
- did you ever play games other than tennis with one?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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