Have you ever wanted to show your junior the stats from a particular score in the match they just played? Have you ever watched your junior lose a match from a winning position? Perhaps they won the first set and had 3-0 in the second and went on to lose? Or perhaps the reverse?
The problem with tennis stats is that they tend to show the stats of an entire match or by individual set. If your junior led by a set and 3-0 and went on to lose, wouldn’t it be cool to check the stats up until that score? Then see them from that score through to the end of the match?
Now you can.
What is the GT STATS Scroller/How to Use?
The Scroller itself is easy to find. It’s on every graph for every match. Just tap on one of the graph icons on the stats screen. At the bottom is the scroller with the score. It defaults to the beginning of a match on one side and the end of a match on the other.
Simply move the scroller to the desired score. If you want to see the stats up to 6-3 3-0, you’ll be moving the right scroller button until 1 set and 3-0 appears. For the stats after that score, move the left scroller on top of the right, then the right back to the end of the match. You can even show the stats for 1 game, which is particularly useful for a game with a lot of deuces.
How the Scroller can Help Your Junior Tennis Player
Below are the stats for a the Australian Open final in 2017 between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The graph on the left shows the stats of the first set. Note the number of errors that Rafa makes in that set off his backhand. 6 unforced errors compared to 4 forced errors and winners.
The graph on the right shows the stats for the second set with the score at 5/2. Note that Rafa has brought his backhand errors all the way down to 1 while Federer has had a sharp increase in the number of forehand unforced errors.
Making these types of comparisons to juniors can really zoom in on what they’re doing right, and perhaps what they’re doing wrong as well.
What Else to Look Out For
There are many examples of where the scroller can help.
The mental side of tennis comes in large part from experience. After a really tight first set, it’s often the mentally tough player who earns an early advantage in the second set. Usually that’s the player who wins a tight first set, but sometimes the relief of winning a set can cause a player to relax and switch off.
There’s also an art to closing sets and matches. It happens all the time in juniors: one player is leading by a fair margin and then switches off (I call it “junior nap time”) before closing out the set or match.
Perhaps your junior player is a notoriously slow starter. Maybe it takes a while for their serve to get going. Show them the stats of the first few games of the first set and then the stats for the rest of the match to demonstrate areas that need work.
The above are just a few examples of when to use the scroller. I often mark a point in the match with GT STATS note-taker (the pencil icon at the top of the Serve/Return screen). Scroll to that point in the match afterwards to show your junior what you saw, both to that score and afterwards.
As always, it’s about improvement and having fun while improving. Use the scroller to demonstrate to your junior why they need more practice on a particular part of their game…..then send the stats over to the coach via the Send icon on the stats screen for further analysis.
Future Scrolling Functionality
Not far down the track, the scroller will be a part of the main stats screen. You won’t be restricted to viewing a part of the match graphically. You can view the raw numbers from any time in a match as well.