This year’s Australian Open, which saw Roger Federer make history by winning his 20th Grand Slam singles title and the ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal returning to his rightful thrown at Roland Garros, may seem like a distant memory, however with Wimbledon in full swing and the US Open coming up next month, we’re only just scratching the ‘service’ when it comes to reaching tennis fever!
With everything still to play for, we’ve delved into the atlas to discover just how many Vermont Classic Tennis Balls it would take to reach each of the Grand Slam locations from London.
The Australian Open serves up the first the four major titles every year, taking place during the Aussie’s peak summer time in the last two weeks of January. Played on hard courts at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, the Australian Open is the only tournament of the big four to be played in the southern hemisphere, making it the championship which is the furthest away from London at 10,516 miles. This 10,516 miles, equates to a whopping 256,424,243 tennis balls lined up to each the tournament.
With Roger Federer crowned champion of the Men’s Singles at this year’s tournament, beating Marin Cilic by three sets to two, he broke history on 28th January 2018 by being the first male tennis player to win twenty Grand Slam titles. The day before Caroline Wozniacki took on Simona Halep in a 2 hour and 49 minute battle, which ended 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 with the Danish player taking home the $4 million cheque.
Taking place 212 miles away from London at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, it would take exactly 5,166,667 Vermont Classic Tennis Balls lined up to reach the French Open.
Even before the French Open began in May, there was a frenzy of excitement surrounding the tournament as the ‘King of Clay’ and most successful player in Roland-Garros history, Rafael Nadal returned from injury and was odds-on favourite after Roger Federer withdrew to concentrate on Wimbledon. With the announcement that there would be new rules for 2018 added to this, as well as a 10% increase in prize money which would see the winner take home €2.2 million, The French Open was set to be an ace tournament! And it certainly didn’t disappoint as Nadal won his 11th Roland Garros crown, taming Thiem in straight sets and the ladies world number one, Simona Halep managed to finally get her hands on the Suzanne-Lenglen cup after her third time in the final.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world and arguably the most significant of them all, Wimbledon is the only championship out of the four majors to take place on outdoor grass courts. Held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 1877, the tournament takes place six miles away from central London, the equivalent of 151,516 tennis balls.
The drama began off-court as Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament after a year out with a reoccurring hip injury and Serena Williams was controversially seeded by the All England Club after returning to tennis following the birth of her daughter. Nevertheless, there’s still all to play for as play moves into the semi-finals and Federer looks to defend his title in the men’s singles.
The final of the four majors, the US Open takes place every August and September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, 3,457 miles away from the centre of London or if we’re talking tennis balls, 84,287,879.
Last September served up some smashing tennis thrills as American unseeded women’s player, Sloane Stephens beat her childhood friend Madison Keys in the final of the US Open to become the fifth unseeded woman in history to win a Grand Slam title, whilst Nadal beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win his 16th grand slam title.
As the namesake of Net World Sports’ court sport brand, it would only seem right to also look into how many balls it would take to reach Montpelier, the capital of the American state. With 3,258 miles between the centre of London and Montpelier, 79,454,546 tennis balls would be needed to bridge the gap across the Atlantic.
Luckily for tennis fans, we have a range of ITF approved tennis balls to meet every player’s needs; from the Vermont Classic which is suitable for any surface and extremely durable to the Vermont Voleo, the liveliest and most responsive ball of the Vermont tennis ball range, designed for Grand Slam level.