Game Set Map
One of the most beautiful and interesting applications of data mining and analytics is Game Set Map – a site dedicated to applying tools like GIS and data visualization to tennis. The site’s author has taken a unique approach, using info-graphics and other visuals to highlight patterns and geospatial information collected from matches on the pro tour. I highly recommend checking out some of the site, especially how Game Set Map has used hawk eye data to show 3d ball trajectory and 2d movement throughout matches with GIS.
My Side of The Net
The ATP and the WTA have been hesitant to share data with fans the way that MLB, NBA, and NFL have done for years. Data sharing is not only important for coaches, but it also provides a new way for fans to interact with the game from the sidelines. When watching tennis, we are left with the same old metrics of unforced errors, winners and aces. These data points don’t allow fans to understand how a match is played and won. A match is not purely won or lost based on winners and unforced errors; it is won when a player utilizes his go to patterns to execute a winning game plan. By unlocking this data, fans can understand and relate to the strategic side of the game and engage with their favorite players in a new way.