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Wimbledon balls travel '50,000 miles'

Wimbledon's tennis balls have travelled over 50,000 miles before they reach the All England Club, according to an expert.

The findings reveal that the supply chain of the official Slazenger balls, which are manufactured in the Philippines, covers 11 countries and four continents before arriving at SW19.

The associate professor of operations management at Warwick Business School, Dr Mark Johnson, described the findings as one of the longest journeys he had seen for a product.

The supply chain of the official Slazenger balls covers 11 countries and travels across four continents Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

The supply chain sees clay shipped from South Carolina in the USA, silica from Greece, magnesium carbonate from Japan, zinc oxide from Thailand, sulphur from South Korea and rubber from Malaysia.

Wool is also shipped from New Zealand to Gloucestershire where it is weaved into felt then flown back to the Philippines.

The final part of the production process sees the balls -which are stored in tins shipped from Indonesia - sent to Wimbledon.

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