95 Thousand Thai Tennis balls made for U.S. Open

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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Amanda Mustard, NYTimes, Sept. 2, 2016

BANGKOK — There is no mistaking that particular shade of yellow. It is known as tennis ball yellow, and for years we’ve been watching it blur back and forth in front of us.

Those seemingly fluorescent balls have changed little over the last few decades (they were originally white), but the process of making them is a complex one.

Wilson has manufactured the tennis balls for the United States Open since 1978. In any given year, it cranks out 100 million balls, most of them made in Thailand. Over the course of the 14-day Open, from practice to play, Wilson says about 95,000 balls are used.

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