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.

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…

Journey to the East! An Introduction to the Growth of Tennis in Asia

The Michael Chang Effect In 1989, Michael Chang became the first player of Asian descent to win a grand slam title at the French Open. At 5 foot 9 inches (small by tennis standards), he proved that size isn’t everything – demonstrating that you can compensate with speed, a sharp intellect, and heart to endure the two…

Game Set Map: A Cartographer’s Guide to Data Visualization in Tennis

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…