Dunlop and the Australian Open are delighted to announce the renewal of their successful partnership for a further five years (2024 – 2028). Dunlop will continue to be the official ball of the Australian Open, Australian Summer of Tennis and Tennis Australia for the next five years, providing consistent, high-quality and high-performance tennis balls to players and fans around the globe. The official Dunlop Australian Open ball uses the finest natural rubber, combined with Dunlop’s secret recipe of components and premium woven cloth, to create an ultra-consistent ball for high-performance play.
In addition to renewing their partnership with the Australian Open, Dunlop are also excited to be celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2023. They have kicked off their 100 year celebration at the Australian Open with various fan activations on-site, such as a Dunlop100 Ball Pit and a Dunlop100 Ball Cave.
Also as part of Dunlop’s 100 year celebrations at Australian Open 2023, a Dunlop100 Golden Ball NFT will be minted as part of the AO 2023 ArtBall NFT collection. This one-of-a-kind AO ArtBall will feature the Dunlop100 logo, unique golden colour and digital signature from Rod Laver. The lucky owner of the Dunlop100 Golden Ball will also benefit from AO tickets, a photo with the champion trophies at the AO, and Dunlop products.
Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director, commented:
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Dunlop for a further five years. Dunlop and Tennis Australia share a deep commitment to innovation and quality, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration to support tennis throughout Australia at all levels. Dunlop is a vital and highly dedicated member of the tennis family and continue to be a major contributor to the success of our great sport,”
Mr. Satoru Yamamoto, President and CEO, Representative Director of SRI, commented:
“I am very pleased to announce the five year contract renewal with the Australian Open. Dunlop celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2023 and it is a great honour to be able to announce this news, in such a historic and significant year for Dunlop.
“For the past five years since we first signed with the Australian Open in 2019, Dunlop has been dedicated to research and development and listening to player feedback to ensure the very best for the Australian Open and the sport of tennis which gives us all such joy. With Dunlop’s celebration of 100 years, we hope to accelerate our joint initiatives and continue to grow our great partnership even more.”
Dunlop provides the official ball for the Australian Open and all the lead-in events across the Summer of Tennis including the United Cup, Adelaide International and Hobart International. Through its partnership with Tennis Australia, Dunlop will also support grassroots tennis programs across the country, including by providing Dunlop low compression balls for the key development program Tennis Hot Shots, and regular balls for Cardio Tennis and tennis pathways.
*The Dunlop Road to the Australian Open took place in Japan in November, with junior players from across the Asia Pacific region competing for a coveted wildcard entry into the Australian Open Junior Championships.