AO is switching to cheap nasty Dunlop tennis balls.

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
The most important issue in the article is that you’re playing your “friend” Kyrgios for the first time.
You don’t give him a break in the article, do you, Bernie?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I'd take whatever Bernie Tomic had to say with a grain of salt. Anyone with some real cred criticizing the Dunlop balls? Dunlop Grand Prix balls are among my favorites. Outside of the US, seems that many are fans of Dunlop Fort balls.
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I have had more consistent quality from Dunlop than anyone else and have yet to find one better on clay.

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bdave

New User
We used them recently at our local comp instead of the normal wilsons when they rolled out the AO balls.

They barely lasted the warm up and were like hitting flat fuzzy dead metal lumps after a couple of games.

A few of us ended up with very sore forearms as well, so the dunlops were all binned and back to the wilsons after one week.

They felt nothing like any dunlops I have hit with before.

Worst
Balls
Ever.
 
We used them recently at our local comp instead of the normal wilsons when they rolled out the AO balls.

They barely lasted the warm up and were like hitting flat fuzzy dead metal lumps after a couple of games.

A few of us ended up with very sore forearms as well, so the dunlops were all binned and back to the wilsons after one week.

They felt nothing like any dunlops I have hit with before.

Worst
Balls
Ever.
Hear hear! True dat.

Minimise cost, maximise profit. Welcome to a corrupt world.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
The Dunlop balls I've played with were fine. They seemed smaller and harder than some of the competition, but who knows what they've produced for the AO. Hopefully, it's a quicker ball!
 

bdave

New User
The commentary on the balls during the hopman cup was fairly scathing.

They kept saying the same thing, only have any real zing a game or two then really fluff up and slow down.

I know the pro's have much better timing than us mugs, but I cant imagine going 5 sets day after day with those lumps without wanting to chop my arm off at the elbow
And I play with a pure aero / rpm blast or flex infinity (funny enough the same strings tomic uses) full poly set up so I am not noted for having any arm sympathy!
 
Dunlop makes a quality ball, and Dunlop Fort Clay might be my favourite ball bar none.

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Right!? Forte Clay are unmatched by any other balls and are my favorite too. Dunlops have been the fastest balls I have hit on both hard court and clay court and doesn't load up with debris. In other words it doesn't feel like I've been buried in sand after match, like I do using Wilsons and Penn Pros.

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The Dunlop balls I've played with were fine. They seemed smaller and harder than some of the competition, but who knows what they've produced for the AO. Hopefully, it's a quicker ball!
I do know they are on the lower side of regulation rules, but the thinner wool makes them a faster ball. They act less like a pressureless ball which is great for sea level altitude playing in my opinion. Of all the brand's I've played, I've found Dunlops to be the fastest with my 65# and 70# full poly strung rackets. String tension has a lot to do with it in my opinion as well.

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badteeth

Rookie
Played with these tonight after grabbing a couple of cans through the Brisbane International. They felt almost dead out of the can and in hand, as in you could almost squish them in your hand like balls after a few hours of playing. Playability was fine - at least you can still generate spin etc with them and they aren't super slick/light like some of the Penn balls I've used. Where Slazenger Hard Court balls are like hyper bouncy rocks and Wilson AO balls are just the right balance of everything - these Dunlop balls just feel like a cheap half-dead out of the can replacement.
 

jon70

Semi-Pro
Love the Slazenger HC. The grass court version, along with the Wilson AO balls, get fluffy too fast. I think the AO brass got rid of Slazenger around the time they ditched Rebound Ace.
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
I'd take whatever Bernie Tomic had to say with a grain of salt. Anyone with some real cred criticizing the Dunlop balls? Dunlop Grand Prix balls are among my favorites. Outside of the US, seems that many are fans of Dunlop Fort balls.
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Dunlop Fort white balls were my favorite balls when I started playing in the 70's.
I haven't seen Dunlop tennis balls for decades, then.
 
^True about the penn championship ball. Wilsons are pretty weak, too, even the us ooen ball.
But i like this dunlop (AO 2019), and the penn marathon, and the slaz Wimbledon naturally.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@Bartelby
I do know they are on the lower side of regulation rules, but the thinner wool makes them a faster ball. They act less like a pressureless ball which is great for sea level altitude playing in my opinion. Of all the brand's I've played, I've found Dunlops to be the fastest with my 65# and 70# full poly strung rackets. String tension has a lot to do with it in my opinion as well.

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My guess is that you are using a Regular duty version rather than a slower Extra duty version of a Dunlop ball. Regular duty is used for clay and often used for women's events on hard courts. Some Dunlop models, like their Grand Prix balls, are available in XD and Regular duty versions.
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Played with these tonight after grabbing a couple of cans through the Brisbane International. They felt almost dead out of the can and in hand, as in you could almost squish them in your hand like balls after a few hours of playing. Playability was fine - at least you can still generate spin etc with them and they aren't super slick/light like some of the Penn balls I've used. Where Slazenger Hard Court balls are like hyper bouncy rocks and Wilson AO balls are just the right balance of everything - these Dunlop balls just feel like a cheap half-dead out of the can replacement.
They always have

Dunlop balls have always been the balls random rec players at a public court outside in the winter would use after stopping by the Walmart for the racquets and balls on the way

Just garbage. And I have hit with all of them and have a new can of each in a box in the other room from the sales guy.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
They always have

Dunlop balls have always been the balls random rec players at a public court outside in the winter would use after stopping by the Walmart for the racquets and balls on the way

Just garbage. And I have hit with all of them and have a new can of each in a box in the other room from the sales guy.
That is a pretty strong opinion.

Are you a pro?

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toby55555

Hall of Fame
Dunlop Fort Elite are my ball of choice, I presume they have recently had a name change to All Court and a special edition for the AO?
 
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