Alvaro Diez, a physicist and researcher from Omni Calculator, built a Tennis Ball Usage Calculator after following the controversy around this year’s balls for the Australian Open. His tool approximates how many tennis balls could be used for a tournament.
The tool has presets for the Australian Open, as well as all the major tournaments of the year (including the Madrid Open). It is simple to use as the user just needs to select the tournament, the average sets per game, and what percentage of the balls will be “lost” to the crowd. Then, the calculator shows how many balls would be used for the tournament.
It also has options for users to see the number of balls used by men, women and doubles categories independently, as well as the possibility to input custom data for their own tournament with a personalised number of players per match. The tool is useful for tennis fans following the Australian Open and those who wish to organise a neighbourhood competition.
The tool also shows the environmental effects of all of the balls uses, by showing its carbon dioxide equivalent and amount of plastic waste. To give users some context, it tells how many trees would be needed to absorb the ecological impact.
Alvaro Diez, co-author of the Tennis Ball Usage Calculator. Alvaro has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Cantabria. He enjoys translating complex scientific concepts into digestible and entertaining information for Omni Calculator’s users.
About Omni Calculator: omnicalculator.com is an international tech company founded in 2014. It’s a platform consisting of over 3000 free Smart Calculators (calculators solving specific problems) organized into various categories, like finance, math, everyday life, and more. With an average of over 20 million pageviews each month, they have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CBS, Forbes, Washington Post, and many more. Their team comprises more than 50 researchers from various fields – math enthusiasts and academics with hard-earned degrees working hand in hand with polymaths versed in multiple domains.