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.

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…

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…

Happy Thanksgiving from My Side of the Net

Happy Thanksgiving Every year on Thanksgiving, the American holiday dedicated to binge eating and football, we have a lot to be thankful for. I wanted to thank all of my readers for coming here to participate in an important dialogue of how technology is revolutionizing the game of tennis. It’s been a great year for…

Charting a New Course: The Importance of Big Data in Tennis

Match Charting One of the most helpful tools for tennis players in competitive play is having their match charted by a coach or a teammate. Charting a match consists of marking down on a scorecard, point by point, what worked and what didn’t over the course of play. For a player, if a match is…

The Alphabet Soup of Tennis

The Alphabet Soup of Tennis  One of the main issues with tennis today is the lack of standardization. At the professional and junior levels, each country has its own tennis foundation that stands alongside the International Tennis Foundation and the ATP. On top of that, there are different organizations that attempt to govern the teaching…

Tennis and Technology: A Perfect Match

About me For those who have started reading this blog, I realize I have not provided much context or background about myself. My name is Adam Attas and I am a tennis player, an engineer, and a current member of Wasabi Ventures Academy Startup Foundations Bootcamp. I started writing to fulfill some of the requirements for…

The Technology of Tennis

Data Driven Tennis As the world becomes more data driven so too has the world of sports. Technology has evolved in ways that have helped improve the pro game. With the introduction of the challenge system, which uses cameras placed around the court to detect the precise location of the ball, I’ve noticed a significant…