DIFFERENTIATING TOP-RANKED MALE TENNIS PLAYERS FROM LOWERRANKED PLAYERS USING HAWK-EYE DATA: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE 2012–2014 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TOURNAMENTS

  • David Whiteside
  • Michael Bane
  • Machar Reid
Keywords: analytics, tactics, biomechanics, conditioning

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to differentiate top- and lower-ranked professional tennis players, using Hawk-Eye derived performance metrics. Eighty players competing at the 2012–2014 Australian Open tournaments were assigned to either a top-ranked (n=40) or lower ranked (n=40) group, based on their ATP ranking. Hawk-Eye data from one of each player’s matches were obtained for analysis and compared between groups. Top-ranked players achieved more success on serve (with respect to aces, accuracy and points won) and possessed a faster first serve return, compared with lower-ranked players. Topranked players also played more groundstrokes from behind the baseline, delivered the ball deeper into their opponent’s court, and covered a greater distance during matches. Coaches may be able to use these findings to develop playing style and match tactics.
Published
2016-05-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities