MOMENTUM IN ELITE TENNIS
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According to tennis stakeholders (coaches, players and observers) psychological momentum is an aspect of momentum which plays a substantial role in determining performance outcome (Stanimirovic and Hanrahan, 2004); despite this , quantitative research has found little evidence to support the link between momentum and performance outcomes, commonly concluding that momentum is an illusionary aspect, which has little to no effect on the outcome of an individual‟s performance (Burke et al, 1977; Gilovich et al, 1985; O‟Donoghue and Brown, 2009; Gilovich et al, 1985; Tversky and Gilovich, 1989). The author‟s beliefs were that the methods utilised by researchers in such studies were limited; consequently the research aim of this study was to implement a framework for analysing momentum more in-line with that of research in order to enable a better conclusion in regards to the question, does momentum exist? Forty-five matches were analysed from the 2013 US Open Men‟s Singles Championships, a total of 12,239 data points. Data was collected from the official tournaments statistical partner IBM, through data made available within the public domain (IBM, 2013). The Wald Wolfowitz Runs Test and chi-squared analysis of independence were used to review the notion of dependency of outcome points upon previous point(s) outcome, the dependency of point outcome upon previous events, the dependency of previous events upon following events, and the dependency of games upon previous compound events. The results of this study appeared to be in contrast to previous research in that there was evidence of momentum in some performances.
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