By Aki Mai. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 - 18:35:51 PM.
CV technology was originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABSTM the innovation hub at Wilson worked with CV's creator Materials Sciences Corporation to evaluate how the technology could be used to help tennis players battle the compounding physical effects of the faster harder-hitting modern game of tennis and the rigorous training athletes undergo to prepare for match-level play.
This playfully competitive angle is the second big trend that Babolat taps into. The app accompanying the POP has a social tie-in that allows users to post their scores and see how friends are doing. Speed of serves the length of rallies and the topspin on a forehand all become a part of the PIQ scores users and networks compete for. Normed across sports a tennis player will one day be able to challenge a golfer across the integrated platform. Supercomputers put together data from millions of strokes recorded over the course of two years to create the measures and calibrate the sensors that can now be used by pros and novices alike with any tennis racquet.
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Arguably the biggest and most exciting change to the sport will not actually take place for another season but it will likely be well worth the wait. The majors have been seeding thirty-two players since 2001 but they will be reverting back to seeding just sixteen come 2019. One of the biggest complaints about the slams is that in most cases the top players predominantly waltz through the opening rounds. Often it feels like the majors do not really get going until the middle weekend as that is when the better matches start to take shape. While seeding only sixteen means that the seeds will collide even later it also increases the odds of more intriguing matches and upsets occurring throughout the whole event rather than primarily the back half of it. Often the proverbial cream will still rise to the top but it should be more entertaining watching it all unfold.
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