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Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport, Holds 80 Balls

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Product Description

Ballport 80-Ball Basket is made of tough polypropylene. No wires to rust, welding to break or paint to peel. Handles rotate and lock up or down for easy pickup and dispensing. Ships in a small, 2 wide by 25 high box. Assembly is easy with panels locking into place and legs easily attached with provided screws. Rolling bars on the bottom help ease balls into the basket and hold hold them in. Sliding bars on the top slide open to make dispensing easy, and lock closed to hold balls during transport and storage. Handles lock into an upright position for ball collection, and in a downward position for ball dispensing with a patented locking feature.

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  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 3 x 16 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0019F03MK
  • Item model number: BPS-80 - Sampras
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,291 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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This is the best tennis ball hopper made! I was originally going to purchase one of the high end metal hoppers but I'm so glad I didn't. The Hoag ball hopper is extremely strong but the 4 pegs along the bottom are about three-quarter inches thick so when picking up the balls they don't go all the way into the basket. Instead, you have to continually press on top of an additional balls to have the first ball fully enter into the basket, and so on. With the last 4-5 balls you either have to force them inside by hand, or let them naturally fall out the bottom and add them manually into the top. Ending each pick-up this way is a pain, particularly when you're done hitting and tired. The Unique Ballport build quality is outstanding, consisting of solid plastic inserts and metal screws that actually secure/fortify the basket from breaking. Not sure why their is a Sampras Ballport 80 and a regular Ballport 80. They are identical but the price is less for the non-Sampras version. The writing on the hopper and everything is identical. If you need a hopper that holds 80 balls then this is it. Unlike all other metal hoppers, this one actually holds the stated amount of 80 balls. Because of the build of the metal hoppers, which are angled on the sides(whereas the Ballport is square), you can only get about 85% of the stated capacity, unless you meticulously place each ball in the basket by hand - not good. The top of the Bal port has two sliding poles to secure the balls from falling out which is much better than a free hanging top that swings open and shut. Buy this hopper you won't regret it.
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There are TWO main flaws to this product:

1) The leg locking system is ill designed, such that you can expect the legs to collapse on you at any point, throwing spilled balls to scatter everywhere. This happened on my first try. If you put your hand inside the crate to retrieve a couple of balls and put a slightest pressure on the rest of balls, the legs can collapse. This IS the product's achilles heel. If it can't stand on its own two legs, then it's a cripple. I'm currently trying to come up with a DIY fix to this, if I can.

2) The screws that hold the crate panels do not tighten up. They just turn and turn and turn once they reach the end point... This can only mean that eventually the panels will come apart forcing you to retighten. I'm thinking about dipping the screws to a PVC cement and retighten for additional strength.

A minor issue... The crate may hold 80 balls if you try to brainstorm in ways to come up with the most effective manner in stacking and cramming the balls into the crate. However, if you just throw the balls into the crate, the way you'd actually do at the court, it'd hold about 65-70 balls comfortably to the top. By the way, I haven't tried a scientific way to cram the balls to see if it'd hold the claimed 80 balls. I'd rather play tennis than scratching my head in trying to figure out how to cram 80 balls into the crate.

UPDATE:

I'm amazed that, after having now used this product for over 6 months, none of my initial experience and impression held up to be true in long-term actuality. Since I wasn't too happy with the product to begin with, I used (more like "abused") it roughly -- banging hard on the floor when picking up the balls, throwing it down (well, I was tired), and so on.
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This Unique Pete Sampras Ballport is the best tennis ball hopper I've had the chance to use. I've used the Black Wilson 75 and Gamma Hopper and while they seem durable because of their metal construction, they are prone to tipping over, lids coming updone, and metal bases, handles, and baskets can become warped.

The Unique Ballport is made up of a hard plastic (similar, tough material found on a plastic bicycle pedal). The plastic will withstand a good amount of damage and use. I don't foresee it breaking or cracking from the daily wear and tear.

Putting the hopper together is easy by screwing in ten or so screws at the corners and legs sides. The legs will not come apart since they are secured by screws directly into the basket. This means you won't have to fiddle around with the legs falling off (like in the Wilson and Gamma hoppers). In addition, the leg locks that keep the basket upright or in the carry position are well designed so that the hopper is stable and secure in both positions. It keeps transporting easy, and provides peace of mind when setting it up for usage.

In addition, the spinning sticks at the bottom allows tennis balls to be easily "hopped" or sucked into the basket. I found it much easier to pick up balls with the Ballport than with any other hopper. Since the base sticks spin, the fuzz on the balls are not torn up, the balls glide right through the basket, and most importantly the sticks retain their shape keeping balls in the basket. Metal hoppers can become mailable and as a result the wires shift and become wider over time.

Lastly, the top sliding locking sticks move easily and will keep the balls in the basket during transport.
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