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The French Open (French: Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros, named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world and the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments – the other three are the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam still held on clay and ends the spring clay court season.

It is one of the most prestigious events in tennis, and it has the widest worldwide broadcasting and audience of all regular events in this sport.Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men’s singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.


Roland Garros – SlamTracker

RG PointTracker

Client:

Fédération Française de Tennis

Media:

SlamTracker, PointTracker

Other Media:

RG Website
Match Analysis DVD
RG Optimization Demo

Year:

2008


RG SlamTracker Features

This feature is ideal for fans who want a live window into all the action at Roland Garros 2008. It allows you to watch live scoring for matches in progress from the courts on your computer. It is also a great way for fans to keep track of the entire tournament by using an Interactive Draw features that lets users track player progression, schedules and scores for the entire tournament. Both the live scores and interactive draw act as portals into the official Website, interactively connecting scores and draw information with match and serve stats, player information, player tracking, interactive venue maps and live radio.

The IBM SlamTracker has a Scoreboard that “pushes” point-by-point scoring information to tennis fans in real time. It also provides tennis fans with links to other key sections of the site and a multi court scores view. When launched, it spawns a separate browser window that sits on your desktop updating with scores and statistics as they change.

1. Slamtracker consists of two main modes: Scoreboard and Interactive Draw.
2. The Scoreboard tab displays scores for matches that are currently in progress. Clicking on the “View Match Stats” button next to the scoreboard brings up match and serve statistics. Clicking on player names in the scoreboard brings up Player Information. The Match Information window has the following tabs:

  • Match Stats: Displays pertinent match statistics on supported courts and allows you to select statistics for more details.
  • Serve Stats: Allows you to view and select the serve statistics for singles matches on Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen Arena
  • UNITS: Not a tab, but a setting for serve stats. It displays the serve speed unit in MPH or km/h based on the option you choose

3. Clicking on the Interactive Draw tab takes the user to a maximized view of the application.
4. A mini draw map is displayed on the left. A focus box on the mini map magnifies and displays the area of the draw map within it on the right side. Moving the box around moves the area of focus, allowing the user to view any part of the draw in the magnified view.
5. Clicking on a player name in the draw brings up Player Information and clicking on a score brings up Match Information. Clicking on player also selects that player and highlights his path in the draw on the mini map.
6. If a match has not been played yet, schedule information if available is displayed in place of the scores.
7. Users can search for a player in the draw from the search box below the draw. If a search result is found, the focus box automatically focuses on the latest position in the draw for that player. The player is also selected and highlighted in the draw.
8. The maximize button increases the size of the application and displays the multi court view. The other tabs on the lower right display map and leaders.

  • Leaders allows you to view the ace, serve speed and serve percentage leaders and standings for the men’s and women’s singles events.
  • The map view displays ongoing matches at the venue. Matches in progress/Matches completed and presence of a tracked player on court are indicated. Mousing over the court displays a tool tip with the player names on the court. Clicking on the court brings up a more detailed view, with player names, scores, match status. Selecting the match loads the match in the scoreboard/focuses the match in the draw.

9. Tracked players are highlighted in the draw as well as in the scoreboard and map. Users can click the edit button next to the tracked player bar to change the list of players they are tracking.
10. Users can click on the Radio button to launch the official radio broadcast. The photos and videos buttons launch the photos and videos page on the rolandgarros.com website.
 

RG PointTracker Features

The Point Tracker lets fans analyze each point played at Roland Garros with its real-time graphic animation. Users can map out the trajectory and flight of every shot and correlate that with information such as the speed of a serve or return. Plus, they can choose among aerial, lateral, or corner-court views.

Clicking on Automatic in the Point Tracker window will automatically play out in real time using an animation that draws the path of each shot and a list that describes how each point is won or lost. You can choose any one of five points of view of the court, a seat in the middle or one of the four corners. If you want to go back and see a particular point, click on Manual in the Point Tracker window, choose the set, then click on the description of the point. The animation of the point then plays out. For each point, the scoreboard window displays the serve speed and return speed – you can choose mph or km/h. It’s interesting to see that a 95 mph serve might result in a 58 mph return. That tells you how much speed is lost by the time the ball bounces and gets to the other baseline.

By clicking the Radio button you can hear what’s going on at the same time that you can read what’s going on and simultaneously see an animation of the point along with serve and return speed. You can click on a button for up-to-date match statistics. Click on an individual statistic to get a pie chart for percentages and a bar chart for numbers. Click on an individual player to get a mini-bio and a link to a full bio.



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