Best ATP Servers and Returners of 2017

Best ATP Servers and Returners of 2017

Who was the best server in 2017? Who was the best receiver? Which players were the most improved servers and receivers? This post reviews the standout performances of male players in 2017 using serve/return Elo ratings.

Sizing Up Federer's Seasons

Sizing Up Federer's Seasons

The “resurgence” of Roger Federer has been one of the biggest storylines of the 2017 season. After the end of Federer’s season at the ATP Tour Finals, how does it rank among his past seasons? and what is the best metric for judging season accomplishments?

Serve and Return Elo Ratings

Serve and Return Elo Ratings

The Elo rating system is one of the most popular tools for rating player and team performance. In this post, I show how we can take the Elo system beyond match wins and use it to rate players on the two most fundamental skills in the sport: serving and returning.

The Many Sides of Excitement

The Many Sides of Excitement

Having a metric for match excitement would be a useful tool for separating humdrum matches from thrillers. In this post, I have a look at two indices for measuring match excitement and discuss what’s to like and dislike about each.

Shot Quality Maps

Shot Quality Maps

Imagine you could measure the quality of every shot during a tennis match. What would it reveal about a player’s performance and where on the court they perform best?

Is Fatigue Cumulative?

Is Fatigue Cumulative?

Fighting off fatigue in any Grand Slam match is a challenge. Does this get even harder after multiple matches?

Measuring Match Fatigue

Measuring Match Fatigue

A talk at the recent New England Symposium on Statistics in Sport (NESSIS) made me wonder whether we can observe player fatigue in tennis matches? and how?