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Bernard Tomic lashes new Open tennis balls

Bernard Tomic says he doesn't like the new Australian Open tennis balls after playing with them in his first match at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

Bernard Tomic lashes new Open tennis balls

Bernard Tomic says he doesn't like the new Australian Open tennis balls after playing with them in his first match at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

BERNARD TOMIC of Australia competes in his first round match during 2018 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
BERNARD TOMIC of Australia competes in his first round match during 2018 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

Bernard Tomic is not a fan of the new Australian Open tennis balls, saying they are "cheap" but he may be on his own in his criticism.

As part of a five-year deal Dunlop took over the ball partnership with the Open this year, also providing balls for the lead-up events including the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament where Tomic played on Tuesday.


Previously Wilson supplied the balls.

After playing his first match using Dunlop, which was a win over American Jack Sock, Tomic said he was unhappy with the new balls.

"I don't know what the Australian Open has done, but it is terrible," Tomic said of the balls.

"I don't know too much (about the balls), but I don't feel like it is that good of a ball. I think they're pretty cheap from what I've heard."

The balls received better feedback from Australia's top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty after her opening round win at the Sydney International.

Barty said she thought they played well on the Plexicushion surface.

"I like them," Barty said.

"They are not much different from the previous Wilson ball and I think they are a very fair ball."

Barty pondered whether the balls were playing differently between states due to the weather conditions but another Kooyong player, Serb veteran Janko Tipsarevic, also gave them the thumps up.

"I love them," he said.

"I'm not saying I didn't like Wilson but I think Dunlop is a quality ball."

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