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…

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…

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…

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…

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…