Effect of tennis court surfaces on point completion of elite male tennis players
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of the study was to provide a quantitative analysis on the effects of tennis court surfaces on point completion of elite male tennis players in order to provide knowledge to players and coaches regarding the surface effects. 18 sets of data were gathered each from the French Open and Wimbledon, analysing 6 players in total using the Microsoft access system. Two intra-observer reliability and one interobserver reliability test were conducted showing the system to be over 95Yo accutate. Profile data was also compiled which showed variation in the number of sets for data to normalise for the different point outcomes. A normalised profile was achieved in all aspects of point outcome within the 18 sets of data. Three significant differences (p<0.05) were found during the study between the French Open and Wimbledon when looking at the n-2 spin (0.034), the n-2 ball placement (0.044) and n-l ball placement (0.015). Other findings included a greater percentage of shots were played from the service box at Wimbledon than the French Open and the most common spin used for all shots was topspin at both tournaments, however no significant differences were found for these results. Further research is recommended concerning the volume of data required to reach a normative profile for the various, shots and spins in the rally. Research also focusing on the effects of tennis court surfaces for elite female players and doubles matches could also create significant findings.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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