A simple new method for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in elite tennis

FITZPATRICK, Anna, STONE, Joseph, CHOPPIN, Simon and KELLEY, John (2018). A simple new method for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in elite tennis. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 14 (1), 43-50.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Choppin-SimpleNewMethodForIdentifyingPerformance (AM).pdf - Accepted Version
All rights reserved.

Download (331kB) | Preview
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/17479...
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118809089
Related URLs:

    Abstract

    Performance analysis and identifying performance characteristics associated with success are of great importance to players and coaches in any sport. However, while large amounts of data are available within elite tennis, very few players employ an analyst or attempt to exploit the data to enhance their performance; this is partly attributable to the considerable time and complex techniques required to interpret these large datasets. Using data from the 2016 and 2017 French Open tournaments, we tested the agreement between the results of a simple new method for identifying important performance characteristics (the Percentage of matches in which the Winner Outscored the Loser, PWOL) and the results of two standard statistical methods, to establish the validity of the simple method. Spearman’s rank-order correlations between the results of the three methods demonstrated excellent agreement, with all methods identifying the same three performance characteristics (points won of 0-4 rally length, baseline points won and first serve points won) as strongly associated with success. Consequently, we propose that the PWOL method is valid for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in tennis, and is therefore a suitable alternative to more complex statistical methods, as it is simpler to calculate, interpret and contextualise.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Elite tennis strategy; clay courts; match statistics; successful performance; winning in tennis
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118809089
    Page Range: 43-50
    Depositing User: Jill Hazard
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 14:57
    Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 11:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22802

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics