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.
November is Doubles Month! Each week, we’ll bring you brand new doubles data.
Stat of the Week: 3.6
Last week we looked at doubles return data for 3.5 and 4.0 level players. We found that their backhand return outperformed the forehand in terms of winners and errors.
We’ll look at that same data today to determine if this holds true for groundstrokes. To do that, we’ll look at the winners and errors from each stroke.
- Forehand Errors/Winners: 166/46 = 3.6 errors per winner
- Backhand Errors/Winners: 114/22 = 5.2 errors per winner
It’s likely that many of these players are running around their backhands, especially since they’re on the doubles court. So we have more errors and winners on the forehand side.
That’s why it’s important to look at the ratio.
What we see is these players are more likely to hit a winner with their forehand than backhand.
Point of the Week
The forehand is a more “potent” shot in doubles. While it will commit a lot of errors, it is the more likely groundstroke to hit a passing shot.
When approaching the net, it’s typically best to make the opponent hit a backhand groundstroke whenever possible.
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Photo of the Week
Grigor Dimitrov made a deep run at Indian Wells and the Paris Masters. Here is his forehand swing path.