The people behind the technology at the US Open

By Noah Syken   For the last 28 years, IBM has partnered with the USTA to power the digital operations of the US Open Tennis Championship in New York. And every year, we eagerly share the story of this work with clients, tennis fans and the world – from the deep analysis of historical tennis […]

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From AI to analytics … how Wimbledon extracts the maximum value from data

It’s that time of year again.  The grass is mown.  The strawberries have been picked.  The AELTC is once again welcoming the world to SW19. Behind the scenes, we too have been preparing.  Over 4 million match statistics will be collected as data across 18 courts during the 13 days of The Championships.  At close […]

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Wimbledon serves more AI in 2018

Article by Chris Nott Eight minutes after Marin Čilić won his semi-final last July, Wimbledon had produced a two-minute video of the match highlights. The 2017 Championships were the first time that players celebrating, crowd cheering and analysis of match data had been integrated into a highlights package by a system.  Wimbledon used artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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AI meets Art – celebrating 150 years of the All England Lawn Tennis Club

In 2018, the Official Championships Poster celebrates the 150th anniversary of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). The Club was founded in 1868 with the first Championships being held in 1877. The earliest poster in the Museum’s collection date from 1893 – a railway poster advertising how to get to The Championships. Over the […]

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Recap of Men’s Final at US Open 2017

  Men’s Final – Rafael Nadal (1) versus Kevin Anderson (28) First Set: Nadal 6-3 in 58 minutes On his 5th break point of the set, Nadal finally broke Anderson to take a 4-3 lead.  Anderson has played 50 service points in 4 games – Nadal played 20 points in his first 4 service games. […]

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Recap of Women’s Final at US Open 2017

Women’s Final – Madison Keys (15) versus Sloane Stephens First Set: Stephens 6-3 in 30 minutes Only first of serve occurred in the 5th game, Keys serving.  Keys made 4 unforced errors to give the game away.  First 6 games, 5 winners and 12 unforced errors for Keys – 1 winner, 0 unforced errors for […]

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Recap of Day 12 at US Open 2017

Semifinal Results – Men – Kevin Anderson (28) versus Pablo Carreno Busta (12) First Set: Carreno Busta 6-4 in 33 minutes Only 1 break of serve decided the set – the only game in the set where there was a break point.  Anderson played a sloppy service game at 3-3 (3 unforced errors in the […]

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Recap of Day 11 at the US Open 2017

Semifinal Results – Women – Venus Williams (9) versus Sloane Stephens First Set: Stephens 6-1 in 24 minutes Williams came out incredibly tight, making 17 unforced errors (10 from her backhand) and made only 5 total winners.  Stephens hit 6 winners and made 5 unforced errors.  Stephens won 73% of her first serves and 75% […]

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Recap of Day 10 at the US Open 2017

Quarterfinal Results – Women Karolina Pliskova (1) versus CoCo Vandeweghe (20) First Set: Vandeweghe 7-6(4) Vandeweghe broke for a 2-1 lead, was broken back to even the set at 4-4 and had to save a set point on her serve at 4-5.  She won the first point of the tiebreak on Pliskova’s serve and the […]

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Recap of Day 9 at the US Open 2017

American Sloane Stephens outlasted 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) in 2 hours 28 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.  This is Stephens’ first US Open singles semifinals.  One of the keys to this victory for Stephens was her ability to play solid, consistent tennis on the biggest points.  There were 20 total break points […]

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Recap of Day 8 of US Open 2017

Men’s Singles Upsets 9th seed David Goffin fell to 19-year-old Andrey Rublev 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3 in 2 hours 5 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium.  Rublev was just a bit too strong for a slightly hobbled Goffin.  Rublev hit 48 total winners with 24 coming from his forehand side.  He powered in 12 aces and won […]

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Recap of Day 7 at the US Open 2017

Women’s Singles Upsets 30th seed Julia Goerges fell to American Sloane Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in 1 hour 41 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium.  Stephens showed a style of play that would have completely foreign to her a couple of years ago, she played solid and steady and let her opponent take all the risks…and […]

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