Yes that’s right just in time for the Grand Slam tennis season, we here at Stupid Business Ideas are about to unleash another absolute corker on the unsuspecting world!
It is tradition at Wimbledon, the All England Tennis Club, for the tournament to sell tennis balls, used in previous matches, to paying customers. People seem to love the idea that a top player or mediocre player, noone has ever heard of, might have handled their newly purchased balls. With this in mind, our ingenious plan is to attend the first few days of the tournament and during matches, throw loads of balls onto the court while rallies are in progress. Obviously, this will make for some confused and grumpy players and officials but we will be smiling broadly and laughing as we go. The Powers that be will (hopefully) assume that the balls arriving without invitation on the courts are balls that they have sold to the public. This is where the plan takes shape so standby…clearly the All England Tennis Club will not tolerate foreign balls arriving on court willy-nilly during matches, so they will be forced to ban sales of their previously used balls to maintain the dignity of the tournament and prevent further disruptions to matches.
The day after the ban, as people walk up to the entry gates they will be greeted by two eye-catching stalls offering previously used balls from Wimbledon for sale at a highly inflated rate. Now this is the crafty part…the balls we sell will not actually be balls from the tournament but will in fact be balls purchased for very little at ASDA. Before anyone is aware of “the great tennis ball swindle” the last volley of the tournament will have been struck and we will be sitting in McDonalds supersizing our Big Mac meals and counting our money. The plan is fool proof and we may licence it for use at other tournaments around the world assuming they sell their used balls.