Measuring Up: Tennis Stats

As we head into the semifinals of the 2011 US Open, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the game from a different angle. The gridded court and wealth of statistics would lead any visually inclined person to the same conclusion – tennis is fair game for infographics. Designer David Potsiadlo gives us a timeline of men’s tennis champions “Passing the Torch” from 1880 to 2000. Of course, we’d love to see an updated version and one for the women.

Passing the Torch by David Potsiadlo

CreativeStubble has designed this lovely racetrack graphic of the Tennis Top 20, a look at the most popular racquet brands, sourced from the ATP Tour rankings (March 22, 2010).

Tennis Top 20 by CreativeStubble

Lastly, IBM is putting its computing power to good use with Pointstream and Keys to the Match, real-time US Open analytics of your favorite player’s strategy for success. The resulting graphs aren’t particularly elegant, but they do give insight into the variables of a match. Perhaps some young designer will contend with this year’s newly minted stats.

Muller vs. Nadal, IBM Pointstream

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