Dunlop becomes new official balls partner at AO

pabletion

Hall of Fame
I sure hope it's not rebranded Dunlop Grand Prix balls, cause those are rocks.
Grand Prix used to be awesome, were probably my fav balls about 10 yrs ago. Tried them again about 2 yrs ago and were completely different, terrible.

Nevertheless Im sure Dunlop has the capacity to manufacture top-tier balls, maybe they just lowered costs at the expense of quality for thw consumer.

AO Dunlops surely will be a different new ball anyways.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Grand Prix used to be awesome, were probably my fav balls about 10 yrs ago. Tried them again about 2 yrs ago and were completely different, terrible.

Nevertheless Im sure Dunlop has the capacity to manufacture top-tier balls, maybe they just lowered costs at the expense of quality for thw consumer.

AO Dunlops surely will be a different new ball anyways.
Not so sure about that. I will only believe it when I see it. Company like that don't often change the fundamentals of ball making.
 

Kaznkul

Rookie
Just saw this thread. I live in Australia. Funnily enough our sports stores have had the Wilson AO balls on sale for a while now. Maybe they’re trying to run them out before new balls for AO get announced? Since they’ve been on sale I’ve bought a fair few cans, pretty good value and I’ve always liked the Wilson AO balls anyway.


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Manute Bol

New User
Just saw this thread. I live in Australia. Funnily enough our sports stores have had the Wilson AO balls on sale for a while now. Maybe they’re trying to run them out before new balls for AO get announced? Since they’ve been on sale I’ve bought a fair few cans, pretty good value and I’ve always liked the Wilson AO balls anyway.
Please let us know when the Dunlop AO are on store shelf’s in Australia, I’m curious to know how they will play.
 

dje31

Professional
Always loved Dunlop A Player balls as a kid...bought a case from one of TW's competitors, 4 balls/can...still love them, on hard and har-tru courts, equally. Play well, consistent QC, solid durability.

Haven't looked back or used Penn or Wilson since.
 

haqq777

Legend
Can someone please shed light on how Slazenger Open/Tournament/Wimbledon balls play versus the US Open Wilsons? Never played Slazengers and trying to see how they compare.
 

stephenclown

Professional
I spoke to my sons coach and he said his rep from Dunlop emailed him to inform him that Dunlop have won the contract to supply The AO. Also he told me that Dunlop are essentially a slazenger ball.
Slazenger were the best balls in Australia for a long time for use on hard courts. They went downhill after a bit from what I hear but at their peak they were great. They came off faster and feel great at the net.

I use the Aus Open ball almost exclusively at the Qld tennis centre and they are okay but nowhere near the best longevity or feel. They barely last 1 session and by the next they are flat. So overall im pretty glad to get rid of this Aus open ball.

On another note, Diadora made amazing balls for clay but couldnt find them after I moved away from Melbourne. My club used them and they were high quality and lasted ages at top performance. Also nice and soft with great bounce.
 

MasturB

Legend
Slazenger's are fun to play with. Once they get really fluffy they're really alive. They're probably the funnest dead balls to play with too. Once they've really lost their bounce, it's great for just ripping it.
 

Keendog

Professional
Dunlop is Slazenger who supply Wimbledon and used to supply the AO until maybe last 6 years or so. Back then they were by far the best, fast out of can, would fluff up and slow down a lot but still have good bounce for days so all the old fellas would like them. They have gotten worse of late, I've noticed hydroguard on their cans and I think this is just marketing for swapping wool for polyester in the felt. Wilson AO I find slow down very quickly out of can and the fluff leaves the ball completely so they become light and uncontrollable especially on a hardcourt. I think this was by design as they think people think balls are dead when the writing rubs off even though they are fine, so I think they purposefully made non-fluff balls. My 2c
 

haqq777

Legend
Wonder if the Swedish Open will ever make use of Robin Soderling's balls?
I was wondering the same. In the past could have been conflict of interest because RS was Tournament Director but he has since stepped down. Should be easy now.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Is it the Dunlop Grand Prix or something like that? Those are probably the best balls around.
A couple years back I was warming up in a USTA match with Grand Prix balls and one of my opponents exclaimed, “These are really comfortable balls!” I almost fell over laughing. Maybe you’d have to have been there...
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
Can someone please shed light on how Slazenger Open/Tournament/Wimbledon balls play versus the US Open Wilsons? Never played Slazengers and trying to see how they compare.
For me the Slazengers Wimbledon balls are the heaviest/slowest ones out there...they get really fluffy after some time, excellent for hard hitters, almost every shot goes in ;)
 

A_Instead

Legend
Regardless of what balls will be used.. I hope they help a Wilson racket win it on the men's side and an Yonex on the women..
 

yoonit78

New User
Wonder if the Swedish Open will ever make use of Robin Soderling's balls?
I thought the Swedish Open did use the RS ball. Think they were also used in Memphis, where Stevie Johnson was very vocally critical of the ball.

Or are you just trying to make a funny w/ the double entendre? lol
 
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dnguyen

Hall of Fame

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Good news if my club uses them instead of Wilson AO. Wilson bearly last a set and sometimes little flat out the can.
Thing is the "real" AO balls aren't too bad. They have thicker felt more like carpet and don't fluff as much unless they've changed them recently. Anyway Slaz and Dun historically been best HC balls in my opinion..
Slaz best grass ball as well.
 

stephenclown

Professional
Already played with them, much better than Wilsons but the official told me that they have had some issues with the initial manufacturing although he didnt elaborate. Pressure and longevity much better and maintain bounce even when they are bare. Reminds me of the older Slazengers that were here a decade or so ago before they moved their plant, similar wear and faster.

Played with factory firsts though compared to the factory 2nd/3rds that us normal people will get. Club I play should have the seconds for the Wilson Aus Open balls and even then they are quite terrible... Wilson directly sponsor them so they get higher quality than most retail but still not the highest level.

They might stamp them for the official launch but the first ones I played with didnt have the AO branding.
 
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ricki

Hall of Fame
Wilson balls in general are just terrible

Dunlop have some excellent ones; I love Fort Elites in particular (and from what I've been told the Slazenger WImbledon balls are essentially the same ball but PJed)
Really they all are manufacturing it same way in OEM factories somewhere in SE asia...
 

stephenclown

Professional
Really they all are manufacturing it same way in OEM factories somewhere in SE asia...
Yes wilson are terrible. Never used wilson in melbourne because they were the worst available, every club tried to stay away from them. 1 set and they become pretty useless and die fast in coaching as well. Moved to Brisbane and its all they use, I hope they change quickly with the AO but they are sponsored by wilson.

Slazenger, dunlop and head make balls with better longevity but head must line their rubber with rocks.

Same manufacturing plant doesnt really matter, all those cheaper ball lines probably come from the same plant as well and most are terrible. Same issue with racquets, you can get some killer frames out of China like Wilson pro stock, HEAD prostock, Angell etc. And on the flipside you have Wilson QC, Babolat hollow and anything recent from HEAD. The issue is with the R&D, cheaping out in materials and screwing over customers to sell more balls.

They could probably make something that lasts 3 times as long but why would they?
 

Marcin

Rookie
Wilson balls in general are just terrible

Dunlop have some excellent ones; I love Fort Elites in particular (and from what I've been told the Slazenger WImbledon balls are essentially the same ball but PJed)
Slazenger Wimbledon balls are different then Elites, Elites are a bit heavier and they are usually very durable but with less comfort comparing to Wimbledons
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Dunlop Fort balls are fantastic IMO and the Fort Clay's are the best clay balls by far. I imagine Dunlop can make a nice hard court ball. They are a premium rubber manufacturer after all.
 
This is good news! I have been using Dunlop balls for years now and love their "Championship Hard Court" tennis balls in particular. For your money, I don't think you can get a better quality ball at that price point.
 

stephenclown

Professional
This is good news! I have been using Dunlop balls for years now and love their "Championship Hard Court" tennis balls in particular. For your money, I don't think you can get a better quality ball at that price point.
The balls that the pro circuit were using are extremely good. They have lasted about two months and maintain most of their pressure and performance. They just spin less due to no fluff left. It has been years since I used a ball that was actually decent and could use until it is bare.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Slazenger were the best balls in Australia for a long time for use on hard courts. They went downhill after a bit from what I hear but at their peak they were great. They came off faster and feel great at the net.

I use the Aus Open ball almost exclusively at the Qld tennis centre and they are okay but nowhere near the best longevity or feel. They barely last 1 session and by the next they are flat. So overall im pretty glad to get rid of this Aus open ball.

On another note, Diadora made amazing balls for clay but couldnt find them after I moved away from Melbourne. My club used them and they were high quality and lasted ages at top performance. Also nice and soft with great bounce.
Diadora made balls?
 
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