The fun way to find your ball: “I’ve never seen anything like BallTrace before” says Jo Konta

Stepped onto the court with your fresh can of tennis balls, only to find a couple of fuzzy imposters in there at the end of your session? Us too. Frustrating, isn’t it? Hence the launch of BallTrace

We’ve all been there before: the overenthusiastic lob, miss-hit or acutely angled volley that ends up three courts along, followed by the apologetic lottery to pick your own ball out of the swarm of scruffy yellow ones at the back of Court 5…

It’s a pesky problem that BallTrace has tackled head-on. Its unique invention has been designed to quickly and consistently create stylish and fun designs on tennis and padel balls, meaning you will never lose yours again.

It’s a simple idea, but the best ones often are. The BallTrace device grips the tennis ball and the clever design aids optimal positioning of a stencil on the same part of every ball. With more than 40 letters, emojis and symbols to use, simply clip the stencil in and complete the design with the inbuilt pen.



Former British tennis no.1 Johanna Konta is already a firm fan of the product, saying: ‘I’ve never seen anything like BallTrace before – it’s such an easy way to personalise tennis balls so you don’t lose them on court. I also love the fact you can clip the device to your bag so you can take it with you to practice. It’s a great product!’

It’s fast, reliable, consistent and fun for adults and kids alike. Thanks to BallTrace, you can forget digging around in your bag for a pen so you can mark your ball with an identifying letter or symbol a couple of minutes before your match.

Made using environmentally friendly recycled plastic and featuring waterproof ink, a stencil and three pens per pack, all that’s left to think about is which emoji or letter you’ll choose to mark your ball with. Showcase your personality and customise your ball, before clipping the device to your tennis bag for easy use.



BallTrace was founded by tennis player Dave Townsend after realising that his daughter felt anxious about retrieving her unmarked ball from another court. There is no other product like it on the market.

By allowing players to quickly and uniquely mark their balls, the device provides a cost-effective solution to a common tennis problem. Better yet, it means no more losing brand-new balls!

So, whether you’re an A for Ace, C for Champion or you prefer a thumbs-up, aeroplane or paw-print design, personalise your balls or buy it as a gift for your tennis-mad loved ones for just £13.99 by heading to

Introductory price of £13.99 for a device (excl. postage), three pens, a lanyard and universal stencil. Free postage for orders over £15.99


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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.