SAP Tennis Analytics to power Women’s Tennis Association

Tennis and SAP deals
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and SAP have developed SAP Tennis Analytics software for coaches.

The analytics software enables both players and coaches — for the first time in professional tennis – to access real-time performance data during live match play starting at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University, said SAP in a statement.

SAP Tennis Analytics, available for the WTA and on WTA-authorized tablets, provides insight to players and coaches to analyze performance and optimize strategy.

Examples of statistics provided by SAP Tennis Analytics include:

# Side-by-side comparisons of the full list of match stats for both players, updated every 15 seconds
# Scoring data that analyzes player’s service performance, success rate in closing out a game while serving and number of break points saved
# Tracking data which shows player’s serve direction and placement on the court, contact point for returning a serve and placement of rally shots

Real-time information is important to player performance during practice, competition and following matches.

New updates now available for players and coaches include the addition of filters and pre-defined scenarios. Players can access data at various levels such as by set, game score, winners, errors, unreturned serves, etc.

Quentin Clark, chief technology officer of SAP, said: “After months of testing, enhancements and feedback, we’re excited that coaches and players have the opportunity to begin utilizing SAP Tennis Analytics on the court during tournament match play.”

Coaches are expected to utilize SAP Tennis Analytics at six additional WTA events in 2015, including the Rogers Cup, Connecticut Open, Wuhan Open, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore and WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China.

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