Wilson Portable Tennis Ball Machine Review

Wilson Portable Tennis Ball Machine is manufactured by Sports Tutor company under Wilson Sporting Goods license. This tennis ball machine with the name known to everyone in the tennis industry offers a lot of interesting features at a relatively good price.

+ 8 different spin levels and 1 flat shot possibility
+ Electrical elevation
+ Standard charger has overcharge protection of the battery
+ Random horizontal oscillation
+ For beginners and intermediate players

– Remote control (Two-button) just for an additional fee
– Two Line oscillation feature just for an additional fee
– No programmed drills available
– Ball Capacity 110 balls is lower than in comparable machines of other producers



Technical Specifications
Available Drills
Remote Control
Battery life & Recharging
Pricing & Our Verdict

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Technical Specifications:

Ball Speed: 10 to 75 mph
Programmable Drills: none
Ball Feed Interval: 1.5 seconds to 10 seconds
Ball Capacity: 110 balls

Phone Compatibility: No

Battery life: 3- 4 hours
Battery charging: 18 hours for a fully charged battery

Weight: 38 lbs (17 kg)
Dimensions: Height: 20 in (51 cm) Length: 22 in (56 cm) Width: 14 in (35 cm)


Sports TutorWilson Portable Tennis Ball Machine is very well known in tennis. Wilson’s name on anything always attracts a lot of attention. Wilson tennis ball machine is manufactured by Sports Tutor under the license.

Wilson Portable Tennis Ball Machine has a wide speed range from 10 to 75 mph. The feed interval can be set up from 1.5 to 10 seconds. Both parameters can be adjusted by a turning knob in 10 steps.

The ball capacity is set at 110 balls. That is slightly less than the Spinshot standard of 120 balls and the Lobster standard of 150 balls.

The elevation is electrical with easy to use button set up on the control panel.

Wilson Portable control panel

Wilson Portable control panel

There are four different backspin and four different topspin possibilities plus one basic flat shot option. That is quite good variability for any intermediate player.

Wilson Portable has a random oscillation feature. Two-line oscillation possibility can be added for an additional fee.

All features are easily set up via a control panel on the side of the machine.

Available Drills

You should not expect programmability or preloaded drills with machines under $1400.

Looking for a more advanced model with preprogrammed drills and a remote control? Check Spinshot Player – The #1 choice of our readers

Remote control

The two-button remote control is not part of the basic delivery package. It can be bought for an additional charge. You will be able to start/stop the machine and the oscillation with the remote control.

I prefer to have a remote control as it is much more comfortable during the start of the practice session. The standard delay of ball feed by 10 seconds is not always sufficient.

Battery life & recharging

Court time with Wilson Portable is the same as with the competitors. 3 to 4 hours depending on the practice sequence is the standard. The machine usually holds on more than any of the players. I do not see any reason to look for a machine with longer court time if you are a single player using the machine just for yourself. However, if you are looking for a tennis ball machine for your tennis club then you should consider machines with longer court time. Longer court time is much better when you need to use a machine for two or three following practices.

The battery can be recharged in 18 hours and the recharger includes overcharging protection. That is a feature not included in all of the other machines in this price category.

If 18 hours seems too long for you, you can buy a fast charger for an additional fee. The fast charger will decrease the recharging time to 6 hours.

Wilson Portable Pricing & Our Verdict

Wilson Portable Tennis Ball Machine offers good quality for a reasonable price. Its basic features are suitable for beginners and intermediate players. Starters will enjoy mainly the flat shot with different heights, the intermediate players will use the spin and oscillation feature.

It is worth considering buying also remote control and two-line oscillation feature for an additional fee. However, in that case, the price will be a little bit higher and I recommend comparing the features and pricing with Lobster Elite One model and Spinshot Pro tennis ball machine.


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Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Shift 99 V1
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack


  1. No, if you have battery-operated model, it will last 3 to 4 hours of playing. And then you need to recharge battery.

  2. The machine will not shoot the ball out. Any suggestions? They pile up on the inside of machine

  3. Would you consider this a “commercial grade” machine for a club, or purely for private use?

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