mens and womens ball used at the usopen

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  1. jorel

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    anyone know the difference between the mens and womens ball used at the usopen
     
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    men: Wilson US Open Extra Duty felt

    women: Wilson US Open Regular Duty felt
     
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    As mentioned before, at the 2007 US Open I snaked a few balls after a men's singles match rain delay on an outer court and sure enough, they were NOT the Wilson US Open ball we buy in stores. From what I remember, they were the basic Wilson ball with the flame logo on the other side. 'Hope this helps.
     
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    If the Women had to use Extra duty balls they would all be having shoulder surgery. As hard as the men hit the balls, if they used Regular duty balls there would be no fuzz at all left on the balls after 7 games. That is why I still find it hard to believe that many players/teams in USTA leagues bring cheap Penn Championship or Wilson Championship balls to play their matches.
     
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    The extra duty balls are also heavier and travel slower in the air. Otherwise it would be ace city for the men.
     
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    Now I understand why you can not keep the balls when you catch one. They are different to regular balls.
     
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  7. jorel

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    u can keep them at the usopen
     
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    What are you talking about?
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    I don't notice any difference between the women's ball and the Wilson US Open regular Duty ball. As well as the Men's ball and the Wilson US Open Extra Duty ball.
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    On the left is the Men's ball on the right is the women's ball.
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  10. jorel

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    the one on the right looks smaller
     
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    Women's should be lighter and it does look smaller?!
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    That because the one on the right is a regular duty ball with all the felt hit off of it. Also regular duty balls felt have a tighter weave making the ball smaller that extra duty.

    The men and women play with different balls at the Open. The ball for men is Wilson’s extra-duty version, marked with a black Open logo. The women use Wilson’s regular-duty balls, with a red logo.

    The only difference is in the felt, according to Jason Collins, the global business director for Wilson balls. The regular-duty balls have a tighter weave and fluff up less. Because of that, they play a bit faster than the extra-duty balls that the men use.

    The extra-duty balls have longer fibers, Collins said, and fluff up a bit more during use. (The men often use regular-duty balls on clay, so that the dirt does not get into the looser weave, Collins said, and during indoor tournaments, where static electricity can make the balls fluffier than usual.)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/sports/tennis/07tennis.html
     
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