Wairewa Station on the Ball
South Canterbury sheep farmers Philip and Anne Munro won a lucrative US contract to supply wool for the tennis balls used at the US Open. The couple hosted American tennis ball producers Tex Tech and Wilson’s at Wairewa Station last year, impressing them enough to secure a year-long order of 280 bales per month. The Munro’s wool was set aside for the sole purpose of producing US Open tennis balls, which will be branded with Wairewa Station’s logo. “It’s quite a buzz for us that this has happened, said Philip Munro in the NZ Herald. “The whole situation is quite surreal, it has to be taken as quite significant, not only for ourselves, but also for the NZ wool industry.” Held in New York, the US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.