Babolot and Dunlop/Slazenger;French Open

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by aprilfool, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. aprilfool

    aprilfool Guest

    Apologies if this has been debated at any great length already.

    "The International Tennis Federation, which had to approve the new balls, says that when measured for “compression, mass, size, deformation, rebound and durability”, the Babolat ball performed identically to its Dunlop predecessor, suggesting that the “hot” properties of the new balls might lie mostly in the players’ heads."

    "But in none of the comparison tests were the balls analysed for composition, and Kai Nitsche, the vice-president of racket sports for Dunlop, apparently sees an even more logical, or somewhat more nefarious, explanation for the fact that under laboratory conditions the Babolat ball performs identically to a Dunlop: could it be that it is just a lamb in wolf’s clothing?

    In pointing out that Babolat had to go from prototype to Official Tennis Ball of the French Open in just a few months, Nitsche seemed to be

    suggesting that a few short-cuts might have been involved when he told the WSJ: “There really would have been no way to duplicate our ball – unless they had the formula.”

    Full Article from 2011
  2. The Baseline

    The Baseline Professional

    May 31, 2010
    to me dunlops quality speaks for itself. They make the most durable balls and racquets in the game. Nothing speaks for quality like dunlop.

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