Accuracy of subjective stats of key performance indicators in tennis
The compilation of stats by performance analysis is common in matches with top professional tennis players. However, outside the top level such objectively evaluated stats and feedback for players are rare. With this in mind, we developed an original method that asks players to subjectively evaluate the match stats. This study aimed to investigate the accuracy of subjective stats in tennis. The participants were 30 male collegiate athletes, including some who had participated in national-level competitions. The participants played a 6-game, 1-set practice match, and immediately after the match subjectively evaluated the stats of key performance indicators such as percentages, number of shots, and rally patterns. Objective stats were aggregated using video clips recorded by a digital camera or smartphone. Based on Bland-Altman plots show that subjectively evaluating their own performance indicators helped to confirm the objective stats. Although some variables showed fixed or proportional biases, the mean differences were not significant (percentage of first serve in: 1.733% points; double faults: 0.400 times; net plays: -0.767 times; unforced errors: -2.133 times). These findings support the implementation of a subjective evaluation of key performance indicators in tennis players who might have difficulty incorporating objective evaluations.
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