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.
There has been a lot of talk about the lacklustre men’s field at this year’s US Open. What better way to put this idea to the test than to have the 2017 US Open men’s draw go head-to-head against the draw of 2016?
It only took a few days of main draw play for the 2017 French Open to give fodder to debates on the unpredictability of this year’s women’s tour. After two rounds, just 9 of the 32 seeds survived to the round of 32, 23 fewer than expected. Those numbers caused tennis.com to conclude that the women’s draw was “decimated”.