Hot tennis technology trends 2018

by Jonas Eriksson
Hot tennis technology trends 2018Hot tennis technology trends 2018

Technology has transformed our existence and has become an integral part of everything we do. Consider  this – football teams use trackers on their arms to help analyze their movements, including helping them to know their strengths and weaknesses. Let us look at some hot tennis technology trends 2018.

Tennis is not far behind. You can find use of various technologies that aims to help transform the game for players and fans alike. Today, we are going to explore the hot tennis technology trends 2018.

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 – Data Collection Technology

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 - Wearable technologies

Various companies have come up with sensors which are fitted to the racquet or built into them. The sensors run on battery and collect and present crucial information which can be used to improve your game. Companies such as Sony, QLIPP and Zepp Lab have been successful in creating a viable product used by professional players.

The sensors can collect data related to shot type, spin, speed, area of contact, power, endurance, and so on. The data is displayed on an app that has to be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet. It can really give players an insight into their playing techniques and improve the weak areas.

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 – Court Technology

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 - Smart courtsSmart Courts are becoming popular in various parts of the world including Europe and USA. During a game you will find fixed HD cameras recording anything and everything happening while playing. You can also get real-time and post game statistics, which are stored in the cloud for easy access.

Other technologies are also on their way and in the process of development. A company called Technis is creating an interactive tennis court where the sensors will be embedded in the court itself. It will be able to pick up every single movement of the players and the ball producing a plethora of statistics.

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 – Wearable Technologies

You must have heard about wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch which track the physical status of a person, like his heart beat, blood pressure and so on. But now some companies have developed wearable technology just for tennis players.

A startup called Pivot has created a product where different sensors are fitted in different parts of a player’s body – hips, wrist, shoulder and elbow. The sensors deliver instant feedback and can be used to improve the shot or playing style or preventing injuries.

Hot tennis technology trends 2018 – Video Analysis

Hot tennis technology trends 2018

Before, only professional players had the fortune to get a match video analysis. Now however, even a rookie can make use of different services that cater exclusively to tennis. You can send your match video to the service providers. In return you will have accurate analysis with details on number of aces, double faults, serve and return percentage, errors and other aspects – both for you and your opponent.

It can give you insight on what needs to be improved. The cost of the video analysis is not very affordable; you need to pay around $500 for 10 hours of match video.

We will see more technological developments in the game of tennis in the future, but we sure are excited for now!

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Andy June 20, 2018 - 13:21

I have been searching for a while for a good tennis sensor, but all the ones in the market seem to work better on paper than in real life. I haven’t seen any good tennis sensors in the market that I can buy with confidence. (BTW, The first link that you shared in the article is a dead link.)

As for court technologies, I can’t find a single court within 100 miles of metro Detroit (in mid-western USA) which has PlaySense or HawkEye.

Pivot hasn’t given an update in a long time, not sure what’s going on there. Their website and IndieGogo page are silent on what exactly they’re working on.

Regular mass-market wearables such as my Garmin Vivoactive 3 are only good for counting calories and steps during playing tennis, and not much else.

I’m surprised you didn’t mention In\Out, developed by a Frenchman in Palo Alto, California. It is one of the cheaper line calling devices out there.

I think tennis-specific technologies still have a long way to go,

Tennisnerd June 21, 2018 - 06:40

Thanks for your comment, Andy. I agree that there is still a way to go, but it is an interesting area to follow. Did not know about In/Out for some reason. Thanks for the tip!


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