Big Data Market Segment LS
Big Data Market Segment RS
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:29

SAP adds ball-toss analysis to Tennis Analytics suite

By
SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches

SAP has been working on tennis analytics for years, but even the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rule change prevents the software being used by coaches during matches at the Australian Open.

SAP has been collaborating with the WTA since 2012 to apply analytics to the sport.

A 2015 rule change allowed the use of technology in support of on-court coaching, and SAP responded with the release of SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches.

On-court coaching is completely forbidden by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which runs men's tennis.

SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches, available to all coaches free of charge, incorporates live data collected while the match is in progress from the umpire scoring system and from the Hawkeye cameras. The latter is more detailed than its public use for reviewing challenged line calls suggests, explained SAP global sponsorships activation manager Francois Lazayres.

In 2016 the company added the Tournament Performance Center giving coaches to all historical data, and 2019 saw the arrival of the Patterns of Play capability that reveals how players react in different situations, giving their opponent's coach a chance to provide guidance.

New to Patterns of Play in 2020 are ball toss analysis and bounce to hit point analysis. Ball toss analysis relates the height of the toss to where the ball lands, while bounce to hit point analysis examines where the ball is being returned after a serve, plus the success rate.

One shortcoming is that not all WTA matches are played on Hawkeye-equipped courts, Lazayres noted.

Around 90% of WTA coaches use the system, with between 50 and 60% using it during matches, he said.

This week the WTA announced a rule change to permit coaching from the stands, bringing the rules into line with common practice. The new rule does not apply to Grand Slam tournaments such as the Australian Open, where coaching during a match is still forbidden.

SAP Tennis Analytics for Media was introduced in 2017, said Lazayres. This presents the data in a variety of ways to suit the requirements of broadcasters and reporters. Examples include a comparison of a player's first-service percentage with their average performance, the number of aces during the tournament, and tournament-specific information such as the youngest winner.

CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER BRISBANE 2020

26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments