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Analyzing WimbledonThe Power of Statistics$
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Franc Klaassen and Jan R. Magnus

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199355952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199355952.001.0001

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Service strategy

Service strategy

(p.137) 9 Service strategy
Analyzing Wimbledon

Franc Klaassen

Jan R. Magnus

Oxford University Press

The service should neither be too easy, nor too difficult. A player has to choose the right balance, both for the first and second service. The chapter introduces a model to find this optimal service strategy and quantify the service efficiency of a player, that is, how close a player is to achieving his or her optimal strategy. How much can a player increase the probability of winning a match by serving efficiently, and what would be monetary effect? How did our approach help volleyball? What do the tennis results tell us about human behavior in general?

Keywords:   service strategy, efficiency, paycheck, volleyball, human behavior

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