Every week, Tennis Analytics dives deep into the data, bringing you a stat of the week to help you understand tennis better and become a little smarter.
August is error month.
Did you know most tennis points end in an error?
Every Wednesday this month, we’ll bring you new data on the errors that occur in tennis.
Stat of the Week: 60/40
As covered a few weeks ago, one of the universal truths in our sport is that 60% of all errors are out, and around 40% are in the net.
It does not matter what your level of play is. After reviewing, over 2 million points the numbers are clear. On the 2 opposite ends of the scale are the under 12 juniors and the professionals.
Take a look at the graphs below to see the similarities.
The numbers are simply not that different.
Point of the Week
Our sport is a game of managing errors. To reduce your errors, the main focus areas are:
- Anticipation: The earlier you can recognize your opponent’s intention, the sooner you can react.
- Movement and footwork: The more sound your movement, footwork, and balance, the more likely you will be able to control the point.
- Use of spin: Topspin allows you to better control the 3 dimensions of the game – height over net, length or depth, and direction or width of court.
- Angles and targets: Generally, aiming for the largest open space, together with height and depth is the best defensive option. If your opponent is in position, target middle of court, deep to take angles away from them.
- Don’t miss your first two touches: Most points end within 4 shots. This battle is key to winning or losing a match.
Photo of the Week
Juan Martin del Potro’s forehand with key positions.