ATP to allow in-competition wearable tech for first time

01 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The ATP is to permit players to use wearable tech in-competition for the first time at its Next Gen ATP finals in November.

Only the players themselves will be given access to the data, which they can then share with coaches to better understand the biological data collected which can inform performance decisions, supported with in-game data.

The ATP says that GPS and other sensors will measure velocity and direction, acceleration and force, rotation, body orientation, and heart rate, while players and coaches will be able to see accurate maps of movements and actions.

Post-match and post-practice reports will be sent to players and coaches, who will also be able to synchronise the data with match footage to see the results in context.

Chris Kermode, outgoing ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “From the outset, the Next Gen ATP Finals have been at the cutting edge of innovation in our sport, and the use of wearable technology this year during matches will provide some invaluable insights to players, coaches and ATP medical services. This is a unique tournament that has always embraced new technologies, and this is the latest step as the event continues to pioneer innovation in the game.”