According to the International Tennis Federation website, it is said that green tennis balls are used as they are more visible on television.
International Tennis Federation
Extract: “…Real tennis balls have been traditionally made from a spherical stitched envelope of leather or cloth stuffed with rags, horsehair or similar material, while tennis balls have always been based on rubber….Historically, balls were either black or white in colour, depending on the background colour of the courts. In 1972 the ITF introduced yellow tennis balls into the rules of tennis, as research had shown these balls to be more visible to television viewers. Meanwhile Wimbledon continued to use the traditional white ball, but eventually adopted yellow balls in 1986….”
You may like to refer to the below title available in the library on the history of tennis.
Title: Bud Collin’s tennis encyclopedia / edited by Bud Collins and Zander Hollander.
Call no.: English 796.342 BUD -[REC]
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Originally answered by Yang Qinli, Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services
Posted by Yen Yen Toh, Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services
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