Rapid technological advancements have been given birth to during the past decade. Such technological developments cover an immense diversity of things in tennis. The most apparent technological development at tournaments includes devices that trace where on the court the ball lands from a serve or on line calls. Other technological developments that have been invested upon revolve around match analysis.
With increased media coverage of tennis tournaments, technologies have been developed to trace the trajectory of the ball. The tracing of the ball can be broadcasted by tennis coverage commentators to their television audience. Examples of such innovations include the “TM Eye” at Canada’s Roger’s Cup Tournament and “Shot Spot” at the U.S. Open Tournament. This technology can record the path of serves and depict the location at which a ball lands(figure 8). Many have debated that this technology should be used to assist in officiating calls, due to its precision. If the data captured by this technology is deemed as “legally official”, there may be a reduction in discrepancies between players and the officials on ambiguous line calls. Unfortunately, this technology has not yet been recognized by any tennis organization to assist in officiating calls.
Figure 8; Electronic Tracing Precision
Here, an electronic tracing devise would be able to precisely determine that the ball is just clipping the line and should, therefore, be considered in. However, the ball is moving so fast that the chair umpire might think that the ball landed out, resulting in player-official discrepancies.
Technological advancement in match analysis can allow more effective acquirement of different pieces of information. The acquirement of this information will enable tennis coverage commentators, coaches or physiotherapists to conduct biomechanical analyses of player movement, tactical evaluation of the player’s actions, technical evaluation of the player’s technique and statistic compilation. Statistic compilation is very valuable as it allows players to view their performance in a more analytic manner. Through more analytical eyes, tennis players will be able to target the areas in which they need to improve upon.
Development of an input system
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