Women’s Tennis Association teams with SAP on real-time analytics

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and SAP have together developed SAP Tennis Analytics software, which will enable players and coaches to access real-time performance data during live match play.

The solution, which runs on SAP HANA, is available exclusively for the WTA and on WTA-authorised tablets.

To help players and coaches analyse performance and optimise strategy, SAP Tennis Analytics will provide insight into measures such as side-by-side comparisons of full match stats for both players, updated every 15 seconds; and scoring data analysing key metrics such as player’s service performance, success rate in closing out a game while serving, and number of break points served.

Tracking data will also show the player’s serve direction and placement on the court, contact point for returning a serve and placement of rally shots.

“The WTA and SAP Tennis Analytics is a game-changer that will not only enhance our athletes’ preparation and performance but also the fans’ experiences when watching women’s tennis,” said Stacey Allaster, CEO and chairman, WTA.

“Analysing data is fundamental to player and coach development, and this state-of-the-art technology, which more and more of our performers are now using, will take our sport to a new and exciting level and lead the way in sports technology.”

In October last year, SAP and the WTA together introduced an on-court technology platform, and have since tested and incorporated feedback from players and coaches.

New updates to the solution now include the addition of filters and pre-defined scenarios so that players can drill into the data at various levels – for example, by set, game score, winners, errors, and unreturned serves; an archive mode, allowing the user to review completed match data within the same tournament; and custom-designed cases to withstand all environmental elements.

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

Coaches will use the SAP Tennis Analytics at several WTA events in 2015, including the Rogers Cup, Connecticut Open, Wuhan Open, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global and WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China.