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…

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…

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 Aesthetic Beauty of Tennis

Why is Tennis Beautiful?  No one put it better than the late David Foster Wallace when he philosophized about the aesthetic beauty of sports in his article Roger Federer as a Religious Experience. “Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The…

The Raonic Serve and The Trophy Position

Who is Milos Raonic and Why is He Important Yesterday, in Paris, Milos Raonic defeated Roger Federer 7-6, 7-6 to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters, earning him a place in the ATP World Tour Year End Championships. For those of you who don’t follow tennis, Milos Raonic is one of the bright young…

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…