Rally pace and match characteristics of male and female tennis matches at the Australian Open 2017
Tennis players hit very fast shots during matches and the opponent needs to hit the ball back within a limited time. The aim of this paper is to analyse the rally pace characteristics and the frequency of rally shots in the men’s and women’s matches at the Australian Open 2017. We analysed male (n=7) and female (n=23) matches at Australian Open 2017. We compared the (1) point duration; (2) number of rally shots; (3) time between the points; (4) rally pace; and (5) work to rest ratio. In spite of some small differences between the men’s and women’s matches, such as work to rest ratio (men 1:3,63±0,38; women 1:4,05±0,73), point duration (men 5,93±0,67 s; women 5,44±1,11 s) and rally shots number (men 4,85±0,48; women 4,47±0,72), none of these differences were significant. Both genders played at the same rally pace (while the ball is in the play), which was 1.2 s (mean ball flight time between the opponents). About 60 % of rallies were finished within the first four shots of the rally. Our findings could help coaches to utilize the practice sessions prior to the Australian Open tournament.
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