Wimbledon tennis balls? Made in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines – While some would find it hard to appreciate products made in the Philippines, one might be surprised to know that tennis balls used at Wimbledon, the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, is in fact made in Bataan, Philippines.
The tennis balls, according to a study by the University of Warwick Business School (WBS), travel a total of 50,570 miles, spanning 11 countries and 4 continents before they are manufactured in Bataan then packaged in Indonesia and eventually flown to Wimbledon in London, England, for one of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
Dr. Mark Johnson, Associate Professor of Operations Management at Warwick Business School, traced back the intricate supply chain of Slazenger's official Wimbledon ball, pinpointing exactly where the ball's materials come from, as detailed by the WBS graphic below.