Thursday 27th July 2017
HometennisTourna Pete Sampras Mini Ballport, Holds 36 Balls

Tourna Pete Sampras Mini Ballport, Holds 36 Balls

Tourna Pete Sampras Mini Ballport, Holds 36 Balls

  • Price : $21.99
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Amazon Price: $21.99 $21.99 (as of July 27, 2017 8:41 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Ballport® Mini holds 36 balls. Made of tough polypropylene, no wires to rust, welding to break, or paint to peel. Handles rotate and lock up or down. 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 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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • 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.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Origin:  Taiwan
  • ASIN: B0019ESJ0Y
  • Item model number: BP-M

Customer Reviews

Conveniently portable ball hopper that’s great for its price!

15 people found this helpful.
 on June 25, 2013
By Anthony W.
I started teaching my son to play tennis recently and wanted something to hold a medium amount of balls, could fit easily into my trunk, and wasn’t heavy. That almost immediately eliminated most metal ball baskets from my selection. The Mini Ballport seemed to fit the bill quite nicely. Despite some of the less-than-favorable reviews on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot anyway especially since it wasn’t that expensive.

Great value, small ball hopper, 30 ball max

11 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2014
By LHaskins
I haven’t put this to heavy use yet, but for the price I like the design and features so far. The plastic is sturdy and assembly was easy; it arrived in a flat box. If you’re good with a screwdriver, there are 8 easy screws to secure the sides together, 4 on each side. 4 additional screws hold the legs’ pivot plates in place, 2 screws each side. It stands 29″ tall when closed and a little over 30″ with the legs opened so no issues there. The two fixed bars on the bottom are spaced perfectly for ball pick-up. The bars on top are a little fidgety, meaning they don’t glide perfectly so you might have to use both hands, but their firmness assures me they won’t slide apart in transport. Also, the channels for the bars have rounded recesses to click each bar into the closed position. The nicest feature are the designed retention slots on the sides of the box that hold the legs in place when up or down. The legs just “snap” into position and stay in place. My old metal basket was a pain, having to force each leg, one leg at a time, into a holder positioned on the inside of the basket with all the balls in the way. A custom touch — with the legs in the up position, the handles would clang against each other, so I wrapped them with a couple layers of hockey tape. Nice and quiet and also some added protection on the court when the legs are down. Lastly, the photos show the ballport full with 30 balls. There’s probably room for 3 more and 36 would be jammed full.

2.5 Stars: Great Design, Great Service, But Poorly Made

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2015
By Not my real name guy
I bought one of these small ball hoppers two summers ago for my then 52″ tall daughter to use, as our larger all-steel, 72-ball Wilson hopper was too heavy for her. The design is great but the quality was so poor that it became non-functional. However, I found I could fix it with minimal home-handyman skills and not too much effort, so my Mini Ballport is once again working adequately.

Good Fit. Durable. Somewhat Challenging to Assemble.

 on March 16, 2017
By DanielS
The product performs as designed once assembled. Its capacity, weigh and size is just right for my twins weekend court practice. That would make it to five stars. It ends up with four on average because I give it another 4-5 stars for good design (minimal, solid, few if any corrosion parts, it feels like it will be there for many years to come) and just 2-3 stars for assembly. Besides the specified #2 Phillips screwdriver, I’d suggest some temporary tape (if you don’t have a helper) to keep parts together at a certain moment. A dose of mechanical imagination will come handy as well, as the instructions are borderline ridiculous. In the end you may also want to fetch a few inches of 1/4″ I/D clear soft plastic tube, cut it longitudinally and make yourself some standing puffers/handle cushions (surely, the manufacturer may also oblige and provide some with the next generation product)

Fantastic – Just the Right Size for Me

One person found this helpful.
 on January 26, 2014
By M Cox
I’m not a very good tennis player; neither is my wife. So we generally use practice balls when we play. Balls go everywhere on the court and outside the court, too. This wonderful ball keeper is great to pick up balls so that you don’t have to bend over to pick them up. Just put this basket over the ball and press downward and the loose ball is transferred inside the hopper. It makes picking up balls almost fun. And the stands props up the basket for a convenient height to grab the balls to play. Of course, it is sort of top heavy on the tall stands. You can knock it down with a fast ball. But it doesn’t matter if you close the top rods so that balls can’t spill out. The 36 ball capacity is just about right for most all situations.

great for anyone looking for a smaller, lighter basket

One person found this helpful.
 on April 4, 2014
By MCRC
First let me note the product description is wrong- the Ballport I received had the Bryan brothers on it, not Sampras.

Yes!!!!

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 20, 2013
By Coolsaya
I was a little worried when I read some reviews on this product. People had complained about certain aspects like the fact it’s plastic, or that it’s not well made. I have had no issues. I’m also a very casual tennis player.

Overall good quality, easy to use and lightweight.

One person found this helpful.
 on January 2, 2014
By SueP
I am satisfied with my purchase overall after I used it for about a month almost everyday. I was looking for a lightweight ball pickup/stand so that I can practice my serve and this is the right one for me. I didn’t go with metal ones as I knew that it gets heavy with just a few balls. This ballport is so light as it is made of plastic except the metal bar parts and it easily picks up balls with slots at the bottom of the container. The assembly was super easy (actually it was easier without the instruction included in the package) and you don’t need many tools at all. I didn’t have any problem of falling when I use it as a ball stand in hard courts and it made my serving practice so much easier. The only downside is that the balls are jammed sometimes at the bottom (when you pick up) but I don’t think it’s particularly due to the design of the pickup. I usually push the balls harder or just shake them with a hand to troubleshoot the problem and it’s not such a big deal to me. Last point, you should note that it usually holds less than 36 balls as the space between balls when you pick them up is always different which tends to make less room for 36 balls. I would say it comfortably holds about 30 balls. If you need more capacity, get a larger one.

What a great gadget!

4 people found this helpful.
 on September 25, 2013
By Orian
The only bad part about practicing tennis is retrieving all the balls afterward. there have been many tools to make it a bit easier. But, eventually having to bend over to pick up every ball has been an inevitable source of back problems since I was a teen. THIS one takes away the necessity to bend over to pick up every single ball after every drill. Saves a world of extra hurt in the low back. And, who needs extra back strain after 8 sets of service drills of 36 serves each? Your back will thank you for the break.

 

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