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Kiwis give Americans the fuzzy bollocks for US Open

By M&C News Aug 10, 2006, 3:08 GMT

Kiwis give Americans the fuzzy bollocks for US Open

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The NZHerald reports that every tennis ball in play by the world's elite tennis players in this year's US Open “will carry a piece of rural New Zealand.”  The Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.

The Kiwi wool is taken from the sheep on Philip and Anne Munro's farm near Fairlie in South Canterbury.   This special wool is used on the balls for the open, to be held in New York from August 28 to September 10th.
"It's quite a buzz for us that this has happened. The whole situation is quite surreal, it has to be taken as quite significant, not only for ourselves, but also for the New Zealand wool industry.” said Mr. Munro to the NZHerald.
The opportunity arose after the pair hosted global companies Tex Tech and Wilson’s on their farm last year.  The Munro’s guests happen to produce 3 billion tennis balls a year.
The result from the fruitful trip?  The foreign executives hit the Munro’s with an offer to buy 280 bales of New Zealand wool a month, for 12 months.
"They then decided that they would keep our wool totally separate from the rest of the order. They would use that wool specifically to produce balls for the US Open and they would brand those balls Wairewa Station, as a commercial advertising venture.
NZHerald reports that Mr Munro told him that the companies were “after consistency of supply and the ‘warm and fuzzy feeling’ they got from having a special arrangement with New Zealand farmers to help produce the highest-quality tennis ball they could.”
Mr. Munro told the New Zealand press he was looking forward to the US Open.  "Anne and I are keen sports followers."

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