I never would have thought of this and found some of these to be quite amusing. Are some of these uses creative or what??!
Who ever said tennis balls were just for tennis? Earlier this week, ATPtennis.com asked readers to submit their most creative and unique off-court uses for tennis balls. In conjunction with DEUCE Magazine - the official magazine of the ATP - we will select the three best responses, and the winners will receive a case of Penn tennis balls.
Below, we present some of the most intriguing responses we have received so far. Keep sending us your original uses for tennis balls at email@example.com
I use a tennis ball to prevent snoring. This is how I do it: I put a tennis ball down the back of my t-shirt. Then I go to sleep on my side. When I try to turn on my back (I usually snore when I sleep on my back), the tennis ball disturbs my back and I realize that I attempted to turn on my back. Thus, I keep sleeping on my side and do not snore.
- Can Besim
My dad is an astronomer, and he uses tennis balls as planets hanging from the ceiling in his hand-made model universe. He is such a big tennis fan that of course a big tennis ball is at the center of the universe, just as tennis is at the center of his life!
- Francisco Brignole
My friends are coaches at the Parnu Rowing Club, and they ask almost every year for 20 to 40 balls to make safety bumpers for their boats. If beginners are rowing, they may bump up against other boats, and the boats may crash. The coaches cut the balls in half and fix them to their boats.
- Raul Kukk
In front of our tennis club, there is an avocado producing company, and sometimes they ask us for a tennis ball, because they use it in the calibration process of their avocado selection machines. Apparently, the size of a tennis ball matches with the size of avocado that they look for.
- Pablo Carrillo
I hang tennis balls attached to a string from my garage ceiling to help with parking the cars. It allows for maximum use of the space inside the garage for other things and lets me safely park my vehicles.
- Michael Conlin
San Antonio, TX
I recently moved into an apartment building that does not allow waterbeds. Since I own a waterbed and can't use it, I instead filled the bed frame up with old tennis balls. The balls provide a very therapeutic back massage while I sleep. My roommates thought I was crazy, but you haven't slept until you have slept in a tennis ball bed!
- Eric Smothers
Tennis balls - to be more precise, halves of tennis balls - play an important role in the way I listen to music. Used as anti-vibration supports under my digital-to-analog converter (part of my high-end three-box CD-player), they produce a stunning improvements in dymamics, overall coherency, soundstage and focus.
- Alexander Baranov
Tennis balls are great for relieving pain, especially lower back pain. Usually, I just put two balls on the floor and press my lower back into the balls for a few minutes. Long car rides are helped by having two tennis balls in the driver's seat to lean against.
- Angela Mulcahy
My favorite use is at school, when my Spanish teacher takes the ball and throws it at someone spontaneously and asks them a question. She also uses it to throw at people when they aren't paying attention, which works, except she doesn't quite have her aim down!
- Kevin Russo
I have found the most useful task a tennis ball can have is to use one to open locked cars when you have lost your keys. Cut one in half, use one of the halves to cover the lock then push hard on the tennis ball. This forces air through the lock and pops open the lock instantly.
- Patrick Bennett
I use a tennis ball when I pump gas into my car. I press the trigger on the gas gun and put the ball under it to hold it up. It's a very comfortable way to pump gas, especially in the winter when it's very cold and you have to stand outside holding the trigger on the gas gun. By using the tennis ball on the gas gun, you can go back into your car where its warm.
- Syoma Simantobov
I use four or five tennis balls in a sock to put on a woman's back when she is having back pain during childbirth. The tennis balls provide counter-pressure during a contraction, and help with the pain. Tennis balls are the perfect size to not be so uncomfortable when having them under your lower back.
- Vickie Ramsey
I use tennis balls in the clothes dryer when I'm drying sheets. Sheets tend to form a ball in the dryer, and when this happens it takes forever to dry. But if you throw two tennis balls in, the sheets stay apart and hence they dry faster.
- Missy King
Tennis balls have a multitude of uses! I have one on the car gear knob. I start the kids off early by making a baby mobile with one, haning it above the cot for them to bash about! And I put them on the end of sharp objects and machines to stop people from walking into them.
- Dena Nelson-Smith
Selsey Bill, England
When I buy tennis balls, I mark them with a big letter on the five sides that do not have the brand lettering. When I hit the ball, I watch it carefully to see if I can read the letter. It is surprising how this makes me pay attention to the ball while I strike it - as they say, I keep my eye on the ball.
- Ted Mihran
One time my brother and I used a tennis ball to play golf! My brother invented golf sticks, by nailing two pieces of wood together to form what we called a golf club in our kid minds, and we we used this old tennis ball for our golf ball. Our golf course was our grandma's back garden, and the hole to put the ball in was this little drainage hole.
- Linda Mezini