IBM SlamTracker brings tennis data to life
Sports is a game of numbers and tennis is no exception. IBM’s SlamTracker gathers on court data and brings it to life in visually compelling ways for anyone to see. Statistics on scores, serve speeds, winners and more are now readily available for you to look at as a result of expert analysts and processing power. But what if you don’t have those data experts at your fingertips? What if, as the subject matter expert in your business domain, you want to understand for yourself what insights are hidden in your spreadsheets or other data sources?
Watson Analytics is the ace in your game. (And, if you want to try it out now, you can learn how here.)
I’m no expert, but…
We leveraged IBM’s data collection of grand slam events sourced by IBM SlamTracker from 2005 through July 2016 and loaded it into Watson Analytics. Without having to be an expert at tennis, you can learn from your data as Watson Analytics uses guided analysis so you can find trends and patterns quickly and easily. For example, an interesting insight from the four major tennis tournaments is that both men and women consistently have the most aces at Wimbledon.
On the other hand, there’s serve speed
Is there a difference in serve speed between righties and lefties?
Not really. For the most part, tennis players are pretty consistent in their first serve speed, regardless of which hand is dominant.
Taking a peek at ace peaks
Another interesting insight is that women tennis players seem to peak at scoring aces when they’re 25-26, after that it’s a steep decline. For men, the peak is 27-28 and there’s also a steep decline once they pass that age.
Who’s at double fault here?
Which tournament averages the most double faults? It’s the US Open with the Australian Open a close second.
Just the tip of the tennis racket
So as you can see, in just a short period of time you can have a better understanding of tennis, and this can be applied to your business data as well—from spreadsheets to databases. Watson Analytics serves up excitement in visually compelling and descriptive ways that make sense to you.
Author’s note: Many thanks to Stephen Archut and Suman Mukherjee, my technical consultants for this article.