Movement patterns in elite men's single tennis
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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A study was carried out in order to establish movement patterns for elite men's singles tennis players. Ten sets from matches in the third round onwards of the 2002 wimbledon championships were used, and data was collected using a computerised database designed in Microsoft Access. Two intra-operator and one inter-operator reliability tests were conducted, all of which showed good levels of reliability when analysed broadly, however as the depth of analysis increased, so the reliability decreased. This was attributed to a low data frequency of variables in the reliability study, and a repeat of the study with increased raw data was recoÍrmended' Profile data was also complied, which showed great vanation in the levels of normalisation across all the data variables collected, and further extension of data collection was recommended for future research. The data showed distinct sequences of movement produced by elite men's grass court players. The sequences showed trends towards split steps as the initial movements (66.59%), then a combination of side steps (ranging 27.84o/o'32.6%) and strides (ranging 24.3t%-Z5.g5yù used to get to the ball. The movements at the ball then resulted in strides (34.51% and 58.260/o) and then subsequent use of side steps (42.01%) in recovery. The combination of serving and cell sequence data also leads to the conclusion that movement behind the baseline predominates on the grass surface, however the net and volleying was also utilised with great success (31'8% wirnners). The data also showed the mid court was utilised as a transitional area of the court. Further research was recoÍrmended to firlly utilise the potential of the system, and that the datacollection be extended to include different playingpopulations and surfaces.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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