Australian Open swaps Dunlop for Wilson

It was an announcement that flew under the radar, given the timing.

Just as the US Open was getting under way, Tennis Australia announced that Wilson (its official ball since 2005) would no longer supply the Australian Open and its warmup tournaments.

A five-year deal with Japan-based Dunlop/Srixon is just the latest in a sea change of sponsorship in Melbourne.

It means each of the four Slams now will have a different ball.

According to Forbes, the company also signed legendary Aussie Rod Laver (who played with the Dunlop Maxply throughout his career) for promotion.