The theory of 1%

For several top players, a 1% increase in points won means cutting their ranking by half.

I recently came across an article by Craig O’Shannessey on atpworldtour.com which talked about the huge difference a 1% increase in points won can have on a players ranking. The article quotes stats from Dominic Thiem’s 2014 and 2015 seasons, in which he jumped from number 40 to number  Continue reading “The theory of 1%”

How competitive is men’s tennis?

We compare points, games, sets and other statistics from 1968 to today in order to answer how tennis has evolved.

One of the first things to consider when assessing the competitiveness of any sport is how many points are scored by opposing players and teams. In basketball, for example, a score line of 101-99 is way more competitive than 130-70, even though the total points scored is the same. In tennis, results are dictated by a scoring hierarchy (point-game-set-match), therefore, there are many ways to judge the competiveness of a match. Tracking each of these scoring numbers over the years reveals just how much the competition has evolved – or stayed the same…

By Points

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We first started at the micro level Continue reading “How competitive is men’s tennis?”