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Tennis, anywhere?

January 8, 2007 10:05 AM

, The Daytona Beach News Journal

January 6, 2007

They're made of soft, springy yellow foam, and are about the size of an orange.

They can bounce on almost any surface, but sail through the air more slowly than the average tennis ball.

Yet pros from the U.S. Tennis Association believe these lightweight balls are the ammunition America needs to defeat their European competitors -- and help cash-strapped schools provide a fresh approach to physical education classes.

Teachers say the new balls help make the game safer, are easier for youngsters to pick up and are more accessible. The foam balls also make it possible for tennis to be played almost anywhere, eliminating the need for courts and permanent nets -- luxuries most schools can't afford.

> Read Janette Neuwahl's complete feature on Daytona Beach News - Journal Online.com






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