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Analyzing Wimbledon: The Power of Statistics

Franc Klaassen and Jan R. Magnus


The game of tennis raises many questions that are of interest to a statistician. Is it true that beginning to serve in a set gives an advantage? Are new balls an advantage? Is the seventh game in a set particularly important? Are top players more stable than other players? Do real champions win the big points? These, and many other questions, are formulated as ‘hypotheses’ and tested statistically. The book also discusses how the outcome of a match can be predicted (also while the match is in progress), which points are important and which are not, how to choose an optimal service strategy, an ... More

Keywords: tennis, Wimbledon, statistical reasoning, hypotheses, forecasting, service strategy, big points, winning mood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199355952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199355952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franc Klaassen, author
University of Amsterdam

Jan R. Magnus, author
the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.