[Truncated abstract] This research examined the serve and serve-return behaviours of professional and high performance level age group tennis players. Five studies were undertaken and these are an examination of the reliability and validity of an alternative tennis coding system; an examination of gender and age-group differences in serve and serve-return performance; gender associations and within gender age-group associations with serve location; gender associations and within gender age-group associations with serve-return location; and recall of serve and serve-return performance of elite age-group tennis players. In Study 1, a notational analysis of men's and women's singles matches at the 2008 Australian Open was made. The results revealed that the inter-rater reports were highly similar on first or second serve (r = .972), serve landing location (r = .999), returner's impact location (r = .990) and return of serve landing location (r = .995). Hawk-Eye data validated the coding measurement for ball landing location. The coded ball location data of coaches and those of Hawk-Eye were highly correlated for landing of serve location (r = .998), returner's impact location (r = .993) and return of serve landing location (r = .997). Thus, the match notation system used in this study is reliable and valid and, therefore, could be presented as an effective method of studying strategies and tactics involved in game play. This system also provides a template for other researches and coaches to help them understand game tactics in tennis. In Study 2, the serve and the serve-return performances of professional, high performance Under-16 and high performance Under-12 male and female players were examined. Collectively, the players hit approximately 60% of their first serves in. A significant interaction between gender and player group was found for serving aces.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2011|