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Who invented the first tennis ball?



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  1. Hello,

    According to Jeff Cooper of About.com, the early tennis ball was "a

    wad of hair, wool, or cork wrapped in string and cloth or leather."

    (1) It would have been invented by the people who most likely invented

    tennis: French monks in the 11th or 12th century.

    I have been unable to find the name of the individual who invented the

    modern rubber tennis ball. However, at least part of the credit for

    the spread of the invention must go to two men. One is Charles

    Goodyear, whose vulcanization process allowed mass production of

    rubber balls from the 1850s on. The other is Walter C. Wingfield, who

    drew up rules for outdoor tennis ("lawn tennis") and marketed sets of

    equipment. To use a baseball analogy, we don't know who was tennis's

    Abner Doubleday (the mythical inventor of the game) but we do know who

    was its Alexander Cartwright (who standardied and popularized the

    sport).

    I hope this answer meets your needs; if it does not, please request

    clarification.

    References:

    (1) "The Origins and Early History of Tennis," Jeff Cooper, About.com

    http://tennis.about.com/library/weekly/aa041101.htm

    Related sites:

    "Tennis' heritage was its pride and curse," Steve Wilstein, AP

    http://espn.go.com/tennis/news/1999/1221/246330.html

    "The Origins of Lawn Tennis," Tennis New Zealand Inc.

    http://www.tennis.org.nz/origin.html

    "History," Museum of Tennis

    http://www.museumoftennis.com/history.html

    "The History of Tennis," Planet Tennis

    http://www.cliffrichardtennis.org/planet_tennis/history.htm

    "History," Tennis Information Centre

    http://www.tennisland.co.uk/history.htm

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