What is Design Innovation?

This is me in my new world, the MMM program at Kellogg, an MBA and MS in Design Innovation. This often lends itself to the important question: What is Design Innovation? Everyone has their own definition of those two words and we have language on the website that you can check and see how it’s defined. To me…

The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Tanking a Match

This post is not intended to go into the details of the match-fixing scandal covered by the BBC and Buzzfeed, but as soon as I heard the news (from at least 10 people), I started to think really hard about why this is happening in tennis. Today, betting is prevalent in every sport today at…

The Australian Open Begins!

Well it’s finally here. Our brief off season is over and we get to enjoy the first grand slam of the year. There are a couple names I’m looking forward to watching this year, especially out of the younger crop of players. Milos Raonic just took out Federer in Brisbaine so he should be coming…

Mindfulness in Tennis

Actors credit their best performances to “staying in the moment.” Tennis players often talk about playing matches “one point at a time.” I’d like to take this further by talking about mindfulness, the ancient practice of being aware of the present without judging  incoming thoughts or feelings and accepting the present as it is. This…

Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Tennis

I want to share with you why I love tennis—and how it has defined my strengths—by relating the top five lessons I have learned from the sport. Bringing the game to a wider audience to spread these values is why I want to work in tennis. I believe technology will play a crucial role in…

Lleyton Hewitt Fitness App

I recently purchased the Lleyton Hewitt Fitness App, Lleyton Hewitt Tennis Fitness Pro, from the Google Play Store. For about four dollars, you get hundreds of tennis related videos, tips, and insights related to the off court training Lleyton used on tour for 20 years. I like the bonus features that go into insider information…

The Importance of Strings in Tennis

Like many competitive tennis players, I go through strings pretty regularly. I’m particular about what strings I have in my racket, Kirschbaum Pro Line II 17g, because strings affect everything in my game related to how I feel the ball every time I make contact.

The Future of the Connected Stadium

I’m an avid listener of the podcast This Week in Startups and this interview with Jed York, the CEO of the SF 49ers, stuck with me because of how forward thinking he is as the CEO of a team located in the epicenter of innovation, Silicon Valley. He is truly ahead of the curve with his views on how fans should interact with their favorite teams. At Levi’s stadium, mobile technology enhances the fan experience. The NFL has pledged to have WIFI in every stadium to view instant replays, upgrade seats midgame, and place orders without leaving one’s seat.

Crowdsourcing Innovation in Sports

Welcome Back to My Side of the Net While I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, I did decide 2016 is the right time to revive My Side of the Net. There are a lot of exciting things going on in the world of sports analytics and technology and I want to rejoin the conversation. One…

Merry Christmas From My Side of the Net

Merry Christmas from My Side of the Net Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas. As a gift to the loyal readers, I’ve included an interview conducted by Alec Baldwin on his podcast, Here’s The Thing, with John McEnroe. The conversation addresses some of the topics that I’ve covered on this blog, specifically the…

International Premier Tennis League

Where did the International Premier Tennis League Come From? For years tennis executives have been trying to draw from popular team sports like Baseball or American football to build new audiences. Critics of the sport say that best of five set matches are too long; lets disrupt the flow of play or advantage scoring draws…