One of the biggest questions to be posed in modern history isn’t “is the dress blue/black or gold/white?” It’s something much, much more complex and nuanced:
Are tennis balls green, or are they yellow?
It’s been debated in Slack channels, social media feeds, and probably in tennis courts, but until today and to my knowledge, there has not been an official declaration of color from any current ranking tennis champions themselves. Thank goodness Roger Federer has put an end to that.
While in Chicago for September’s Laver Cup preparations on Monday, Federer was signing autographs for fans when one posed the question for the #1 ranking men’s tennis player: are tennis balls green or yellow?
“They’re yellow, right?” he said, tentatively, before repeating himself with a little more confidence. “They’re yellow!”
Sure, they might technically be more of a fluorescent yellow or maybe even arguably a chartreuse, but according to Federer, calling them yellow is perfectly adequate. His bold declaration got folks riled up, but whether or not you agree with him, the man does spend a lot of time around tennis balls so his opinion does hold some weight.
Look, if Roger Federer says tennis balls are yellow, they are yellow! Even if they are green they are now yellow…green is now called yellow, because Roger Federer said so! @SarahSpain
— Space Force Special Space Ops Space Infantryman (@dfoliver) March 20, 2018
why did we ask a man if tennis balls are green or yellow when 1 in 12 men who have some form of color vision deficiency????
— Jinz™️ (@JinySchwartz) March 20, 2018
There’s only one way to solve this: someone ask Serena Williams.