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Measuring your performance and highlighting your strengths and weaknesses – are you tempted?

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No high-profile sport can escape it –statistics are king when it comes to big matches, commentators and journalists. But more than just a media plaything, statistics are also an essential means to improving an athlete’s performance.

For many years already, backed up by various big IT companies, the ATP has provided elite players with a multitude of data concerning their game. The most fervent user of all these statistics was none other than my Davis Cup team mate Fabrice Santoro (Artengo’s first technical partner) who never entered the court without having spent hours pouring over his opponents’ data. He was aware of the slightest details and learned to anticipate upcoming moves just like a chess player.

Statistics analysis in tennis has two major benefits:

1 - To become aware of your weaknesses

Knowing the detail of your shotsand comparing them with the points you loseopens your eyes to your flaws. “Knowing that 38% of my backhands were not properly timed made me review my technique”, Stéphane D, a recent Personal Coach buyer told me. “Quantifying the number of shots hit in training enabled me to set a threshold below which I will not let my students drop” adds Damien C, a qualified tennis instructor who works with us on the development of theArtengo Personal Coach. “If we don’t reach that point, then we haven’t worked hard, well or long enough so we carry on.”

In my former life as a pro and in my current life as a coach, I could never be satisfied with subjective analysis. I need to quantify in order to correct and improve. We have the same need: to go beyond what we feeland objectively define our areas for improvement.

 

2 - Accentuate your strong points

All Tour players do it – and they’re right to. Without neglecting to improve where they are weakest, this strategy consists of strengthening a shot that is already good, which will often have a bigger impact on your opponent. Clément M, (-2/6 French ranking), a guy we often hit a few balls with in Lille, told me… “Learning that I was winning more points on my second serve than on my first led me to completely review my technique”. Now, his first serve, just like his second, has a much higher success rate. We did something similar with Estelle L, (15/4)who was winning a high percentage of points with her forehand. We encouraged her to run around her backhand whenever possibleto pressurise her opponents. Estelle knew that her forehand was good, but was unaware of what a potent weapon it could be.

Now accessible to everyone thanks to the Personal Coach, statistics are precious tools when it comes to improving your game. So, to improve your weaknesses and accentuate your strengths, I strongly encourage you to discover how rich an experience it is to objectively analyse your game.

See you soon.

Nicolas Escude, Artengo product manager, former world no. 17 on the ATP tour

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