Validating and Identifying KPIs in ATP/WTA hard court tennis match play (2019-2023) using the PWOL method.

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Venn-Moncur, M.J, Parmar, N, White, C.J, Callingham, T and Nicholls, S.B 2024. Validating and Identifying KPIs in ATP/WTA hard court tennis match play (2019-2023) using the PWOL method. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541241235595
AuthorsVenn-Moncur, M.J, Parmar, N, White, C.J, Callingham, T and Nicholls, S.B
Abstract

The study provided further validity for the use of the PWOL (percentage of matches which the winner outscored the loser) method within elite hard-court tennis. Over half of the ATP/WTA competitive calendar (January-March and August-November) is played on hard courts so is an important progression. Data from 810 men’s and 586 women’s hard court matches across Grand Slams and ATP/WTA World Tours (i.e., Masters, 500s and 250s) between 2019 and 2023 was used for analysis. PWOL was validated alongside two traditionally used statistical methods (paired t-test, point-biserial correlation). Very high agreement between all approaches was shown using Spearman’s correlation analysis for both men and women (> 0.97). The study further identified the indicators most related to winning performance, identifying baseline points won, first serve points won, points won of 0-4 rally length and Winners:UE Ratio to be most strongly associated with success; while forced errors were most associated with losing. Ball three indicators lacked association with match outcome, suggesting any major focus training ‘one-two punches’ on serve should be approached with caution. PWOL has proven to be a valid method for assessing success in elite hard-court tennis (offering potential for wider sports application) to ultimately aid coach decision-making.

KeywordsRacket sports; Performance analysis; Coaching process; Court surface; Elite tennis
Year2024
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2048-397X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541241235595
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541241235595
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