Wimbledon stats

23/06/2013 | By | Reply More

I’ve written up Wimbledon in one sort or another for quite a few years now. Some of the stats are obvious, some less so. I’ll see if I can find the time over the next two weeks to put up some stats, as well as some summaries of interesting matches or scenarios. I’m looking forward to Wimbledon, though I should point out that I won’t be starting in earnest until Tuesday this year. I need a rest after Ascot! I’m really pleased to see the final doesn’t clash with the British Grand Prix this year.

Reamarkably I’ve now accumulated data on over half a million Tennis matches. Some quite broad, but also I’ve gone right down to individual points played to examine the detail. My work continues, it’s driven by a need to understand all aspects of a sport and how that influences the pricing of the market. That is why we created features like Tennis Trader. Once you know that, you can start to anticipate certain characteristics. An article about Wimbledon will be appearing in your nearest WH Smith in Racing ahead magazine. It contains some stats you may be interested in. I’ll post some on this blog, but you can read them there first.

Because Wimbledon is played on grass it produces a low bounce and higher speed than other surfaces and this suits big servers. You may feel this means matches are over before they started, but what the top level stats appear to suggest is, that the greater chance of winning on serve makes returning harder and matches longer.

If you compare all four grand slams, Wimbledon ranks highest on number of sets played and games played per set on the mens & womens tennis. But you also notice that Wimbledon tops the other slams in a number of other ways. If the favourite wins the first set, it’s less likely the outsider can win at Wimbledon than at any other grand slam. On the flip side, if the favourite loses the first set, they are more likley to come back to win. There is some top level stuff for starters.

Anyhow, looking forward to it this year. Let’s hope the weather holds.


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