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Product Profile: Hop-a-Razzi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 /by

Back when I attended tennis camp, my most dreaded activity was running suicides. It usually occurred at the end of practice when I was already spent, and foot speed wasn’t my greatest attribute. But a close second in annoyance was picking up balls between drills. Total snoozer. Everyone had to stack balls on their racquet and carry them over to the instructor’s shopping cart of balls. Without fail there would be spillage causing playing delays.

Unless you were the lucky one to grab the ball basket—and the court only had one—when the drill was over. There was usually a race to see who could snag it first. If the instructor took pity on the slow ones (you know who you are) there might be a basket rotation. Then it was your turn to collect balls by pinning them between the rails of the basket and the court. No bending over and no wobbly ball pyramids.

The only drawback to the basket was after collecting a few dozen balls it got a little cumbersome to move around. Enter the Hop-a-Razzi. It has built-in wheels—so dragging the basket around is much less of a drag—and adjustable handle length to better suit a player's height. There are three different models: Hop Classic ($50); Hop Junior ($70); and Hop Pro ($100). They come in 12 different colors, and the “Team Spirit” line allows for combining two different colors.

I haven’t tried the Hop-a-Razzi yet, so I can’t speak to its performance or durability. But they’ve caught on at tennis clubs and are even used on the practice courts at the tour stop in Cincinnati and by the Northwestern University team. My buddy just had the court at his house fixed up and mixing his school colors in one basket would have made a much nicer court-warming gift than the no-frills, chintzy hopper I got him. I know for next time, Hop-a-Razzi.

The baskets can be found on the Hop-a-Razzi website or at Holabird Sports and Midwest Sports.

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