Title

Analysis Of Tennis Winning Shots

Author(s)

Hannah Stewart

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Math and Computer Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

This project examined four different types of tennis shots at the 2015 US Open Men’s Finals and if any of these shots was more effective than another in being a point winner. A shot was considered more effective if the opponent was unable to return it, ending the point. This is significant to tennis players because if a shot is found to be more effective, then using that shot more often than any other would ideally result in a higher chance of winning a match. In this study, the number of times a cross court volley, crosscourt ground stroke, down the line volley, and down the line ground stroke resulted in a winner in a tennis match was tallied in a chart, and a chi square test and a Marascuillo test were done in order to determine if there was statistical backing that a certain shot was more effective. In this study, both the chi square test and Marascuillo test determined that there was no shot in this study that was proven to be more effective in winning the point than any other tested. Data will also be analyzed to see if a specific shot is more effective against a certain player. A next step for this project will be to gather data to analyze matches at different levels of playing- beginner or high school players, for example- to see if there is a more effective shot for different skill levels.

Location

Owens 204

Start Date

4-16-2016 9:30 AM

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Apr 16th, 9:30 AM

Analysis Of Tennis Winning Shots

Owens 204

This project examined four different types of tennis shots at the 2015 US Open Men’s Finals and if any of these shots was more effective than another in being a point winner. A shot was considered more effective if the opponent was unable to return it, ending the point. This is significant to tennis players because if a shot is found to be more effective, then using that shot more often than any other would ideally result in a higher chance of winning a match. In this study, the number of times a cross court volley, crosscourt ground stroke, down the line volley, and down the line ground stroke resulted in a winner in a tennis match was tallied in a chart, and a chi square test and a Marascuillo test were done in order to determine if there was statistical backing that a certain shot was more effective. In this study, both the chi square test and Marascuillo test determined that there was no shot in this study that was proven to be more effective in winning the point than any other tested. Data will also be analyzed to see if a specific shot is more effective against a certain player. A next step for this project will be to gather data to analyze matches at different levels of playing- beginner or high school players, for example- to see if there is a more effective shot for different skill levels.