Green Ball Rule Changes

Following extensive consultation with major member nations and the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), the ITF has approved a two-year trial rule for the Green ball as an optional ball for all levels of competition commencing 2012, as approved by the ITF Rules of Tennis Committee and by the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting in November 2011. The trial rule states:

In addition to the Yellow balls defined in Appendix 1 of the ITF rules of tennis, the Stage 1 Green ball defined in Appendix 6 of the ITF Rules of Tennis can be used as an optional ball on a two-year trial basis for all levels of competitive play except world ranking professional tennis events, Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Junior Tournaments and Team events sanctioned by the ITF and affiliated regional associations, ITF Senior circuit and team events and ITF wheelchair circuit and Team events.

During the trial period each National Federation shall have the right to decide which national competitive events should use the Stage 1 Green ball. Click here to access the ITF Rules of Tennis.

From 2014

From 2014, the technical specifications for the Green stage 1 ball will change and implemented by all Tennis Industry manufacturers. As agreed by the Tennis Industry Association and the ITF, the following will be implemented:

  • All Green balls would be produced in one Yellow colour with a Green dot to signify the type of ball. From 2014, it will not be possible to have 2 colour Green balls and be ITF approved
  • All Green balls should be in sealed cans or cardboard boxes, rather than polybags or nets.
  • Pressurised Green balls should be in pressurised cans


See below for a letter (Dated 10/02/14) sent to all National Associations regarding the changes to the Green Stage 1 ball. French and Spanish versions are available.


APPENDIX 1: THE BALL

Extract from the ITF Rules of Tennis 2012

For a two-year trial (2012- 2013), in addition to the balls defined above, the Stage 1 (Green) ball defined in ITF Rules of Tennis 2012 Appendix VI may be used for all levels of competitive play except for world ranking professional tennis events, Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Junior Tournaments and Team events sanctioned by the ITF and affiliated regional associations, ITF Senior circuit and team events and ITF Wheelchair Circuit and Team events.

During this trial period each National Association shall have the right to decide which national competitive events should use the Stage 1 (Green) ball.

Click here to download the ITF Rules of Tennis 2012.

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