Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 10:45:21 AM. Tennis. By Aki Mai.
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.
This new innovation created in collaboration with French tech outfit PIQ which is also working on bringing more sensor based analytics to other sports like golf and skiing is part of two big trends. The obvious trend is the data driven way to understand your game. As Genie Bouchard said at Friday’s product launch at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club “people can tell you when you’re hitting the ball but there’s nothing more accurate than technology.” The metrics she is most interested in are where in her stroke she typically makes contact with the ball and the speed of her arm on groundstrokes.
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