Tennis Ball

Who invented the first tennis ball?



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  1. Well, polarchick —

    That's hard to nail down because tennis, like most other sports,

    evolved over time. And with that evolution came changes in the

    equipment.

    But, that said, if I had to pick someone, it would be:

    "In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield registered his patent in London

    for the equipment and rules of an outdoor lawn tennis that is

    generally considered the first version of what we play today."

    http://tennis.about.com/library/weekly/aa082001.htm

    "[Before this] balls were black or white, depending on the background

    of the courts. In 1845, the sport was revolutionized by the discovery

    that rubber could be made into balls. This and Major Wingfield's lawn

    tennis game started us into the modern era of tennis, and the

    equipment graduated, too."

    http://tennis.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.idiotsguides.com%2FChapters%2F0028629108_CIG_Tennis%2Ffile.htm

    Thanks for your question!

    –K~

    search term: tennis ball inventor

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