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Why yellow balls?

bjurra
05-17-2012, 11:29 AM
Can someone give me a convincing argument why clay court tennis is played with yellow balls? The only thing I liked about Madrid last week was that the ball easier to see. This week, I am struggling again, especially when watching matches on my laptop.

Yellow on orange is a bad combo. Bring on black balls!

Li Ching Yuen
05-17-2012, 11:32 AM
Why have an orange court in the first place?

motorhead
05-17-2012, 11:39 AM
I know it may seem like a joke but I remember playing with pink balls when I was a kid like 15 years ago.

VIPer7
05-17-2012, 11:43 AM
I know it may seem like a joke but I remember playing with pink balls when I was a kid like 15 years ago.

me too :)

bjurra
05-17-2012, 11:46 AM
When I started playing tennis in early 80s, white balls were not uncommon. But that is hardly the way to go.

bjurra
05-17-2012, 11:46 AM
Why have an orange court in the first place?

Because changing the colour of the balls is easier than changing the colour of the court.

Mercury
05-17-2012, 11:52 AM
I'm totally with you here. i can barely see the ball unless I'm watching in Full HD which is ridiculous since 99% of the viewers don't watch in Full HD...

What colour would contrast clay though? White sounds bad since players won't see the ball on serves and smashes... So what would be better than yellow? Some shade of blue maybe?

feuselino
05-17-2012, 11:53 AM
transparent.

emotion
05-17-2012, 12:07 PM
black would be good, as would blue. pink would be worse than yellow

bjurra
05-17-2012, 12:13 PM
black would be good, as would blue. pink would be worse than yellow

Also think black or dark blue would do the trick...

takuma
05-17-2012, 12:16 PM
blue, green or purple (intense shades), should work ok on an orangy background

motorhead
05-17-2012, 01:01 PM
purple would be the best imho

motorhead
05-17-2012, 01:02 PM
something like this, just to give an idea

http://img.swapit.co.uk/00/02/11/70/2117095_2.jpg

motorhead
05-17-2012, 01:05 PM
these are the pink balls I was referring to

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9Qcuj1qVI20/S-w8kAGLj3I/AAAAAAAAAm0/wxIckn8XB9Y/s1600/Ana+Ivanovic1.jpg

Branimir
05-17-2012, 01:26 PM
these are the pink balls I was referring to

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9Qcuj1qVI20/S-w8kAGLj3I/AAAAAAAAAm0/wxIckn8XB9Y/s1600/Ana+Ivanovic1.jpg

Thank you for making my day!!!

Myrre
05-17-2012, 01:44 PM
I remember playing with bright pink balls too. It was bloody awful. It was just like a pink trajectory, couldn't see where the ball started and where it ended. I think yellow is best for the eyes.

mystic ice cube
05-17-2012, 01:49 PM
I'm totally with you here. i can barely see the ball unless I'm watching in Full HD which is ridiculous since 99% of the viewers don't watch in Full HD...
I'm watching in full HD, looking at slow tennis and I still can't see the ball. I was going to make a thread about this myself because it is very frustrating. Maybe the tennis player can see it perfectly but what about the viewer? I definitely think they should change the colour. Arguments about the blue clay aside, it was easy to distinguish the ball last week.

motorhead
05-17-2012, 02:07 PM
during Sao Paulo tourney this year I had to guess where the ball was from player's movement.

duchuy89
05-17-2012, 02:16 PM
Wow, A good question!
I like blue balls.

eskinol
05-17-2012, 02:23 PM
Can someone give me a convincing argument why clay court tennis is played with yellow balls? The only thing I liked about Madrid last week was that the ball easier to see. This week, I am struggling again, especially when watching matches on my laptop.

Yellow on orange is a bad combo. Bring on black balls!

Yellow is a pretty standard color for high-visibility and contrast. It's why dividing cones and tapes are yellow when people are doing road repair, or why when you go running at night your reflector vests are likely to be yellow. The ball needs to stand out from the court, the lines, the crowd and even the sky depending on line of view and camera angle. Yellow is a good color for this.

Action Jackson
05-17-2012, 02:24 PM
Bring on the fluro balls.

bjurra
05-17-2012, 02:33 PM
Yellow is a pretty standard color for high-visibility and contrast. It's why dividing cones and tapes are yellow when people are doing road repair, or why when you go running at night your reflector vests are likely to be yellow. The ball needs to stand out from the court, the lines, the crowd and even the sky depending on line of view and camera angle. Yellow is a good color for this.

I don't know if you noticed but clay has a very different colour than asphalt. I do agree yellow provides a better contrast against the crowd than black or dark blue.

arm
05-17-2012, 02:46 PM
Bring on the fluro balls.

They already are.

MaxPower
05-17-2012, 02:52 PM
well it wasn't the blue color that made the blue clay slippery so I don't see why all clay can't be blue in the future. Blue + yellow is perfect, just like the swedish flag

It's true the crowd causes problems if a darker ball is chosen. Otherwise it would be perfect for orange surface with a purple/blue ball. Playing squash indoors then a dark ball is awesome but then you just have the walls to worry about...no stupid crowd in dark clothing

eskinol
05-17-2012, 02:58 PM
I don't know if you noticed but clay has a very different colour than asphalt. I do agree yellow provides a better contrast against the crowd than black or dark blue.

Well sure, red and yellow is a horrible combination. My point was more as to why the ball should be yellow. I'm quite fine with the court being a different color :)

Like blue :devil:

Paylu2007
05-17-2012, 04:33 PM
these are the pink balls I was referring to

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9Qcuj1qVI20/S-w8kAGLj3I/AAAAAAAAAm0/wxIckn8XB9Y/s1600/Ana+Ivanovic1.jpg

oh I get you now! I played with that kind of "pink balls" when i was a kid too! ;)

Fumus
05-17-2012, 05:08 PM
Bring on the fluro balls.

Don't hate on Tirac, the guy is a progressive thinker. Just imagine in 40 years when all the matches are played with fluorescent balls on blue courts. IT WILL BE GREAT! Way better then those days we had to squint to see the little spec bounce from one indiscernible area of the court to another. I will tell my children, "...and some people thought this was stupid".

n8
05-18-2012, 07:00 AM
Yellow is a pretty standard color for high-visibility and contrast. It's why dividing cones and tapes are yellow when people are doing road repair, or why when you go running at night your reflector vests are likely to be yellow. The ball needs to stand out from the court, the lines, the crowd and even the sky depending on line of view and camera angle. Yellow is a good color for this.

Yep. Yellow is the best for low light conditions.

But different colour balls could be used for different surfaces. I thought about this in the past.

http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/images/color-wheel-300.gif

Colours opposite in the colour wheel provide the best contrast. On clay it makes sense to give the balls a more greenish tinge. On grass go for a more reddish tinge. On hard it's generally fine.

But the benefits of yellow are still there so I reckon greenish/yellow (5 o'clock in the wheel) for clay and orangey/yellow (2 o'clock) for grass.