A Hypnotic Look at How Tennis Balls Are Made

Over the years, we’ve shown you var­i­ous house­hold objects being made–everything from crayons and ink, to vinyl records, old fash­ioned books and paper. Today, you can get a mes­mer­iz­ing glimpse into how ten­nis balls are made. Cre­at­ed by Bene­dict Red­grove for ESPN, the short film above shows “the man­u­fac­tur­ing process of [Wil­son] ten­nis balls for the US Open.” Com­bined, it takes 24 dif­fer­ent process­es to make the final ball. And it’s fun to watch.

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  • Jim says:

    Does­n’t look fun for the work­ers
    does the world real­ly need this many ten­nis balls
    are they recy­clable ?

  • Kiki says:

    None of them wear­ing hear­ing pro­tec­tion. My ears are ring­ing only from watch­ing this video and they don’t have any pro­tec­tion.

  • M Azeem Anjum says:

    Very inter­est­ing info!Perfect just what I was look­ing for
    I am very hap­py that I found this in my search for some­thing regard­ing this
    Per­fect piece of work you have done, this site is real­ly cool with excel­lent info.

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