Beautiful Evidence, Tennis Data is Recorded, and Treasured

Foremost, I would like to reject all Cartesian grids placed upon unique experience. Tennis above all, need not be counted to be remembered, and certainly between our little white lines, the quantitative should not be thrust upon the qualitative. That being said, during the match of Nov. 9, 2009 Hoy Luther v. Thies Swanson doubles series, I realized that the dynamism of our match would not be undermined, but rather highlighted by a numerical representation. (The Red line is Swanson Thies, and the Blue is the Hoy Luther trend)
To reference the graph, along the x axis in "Total Games Played" from game 5 to 12 the trending lines of the respective scores create linked parallelograms whose edges are formed by the interchanging rise and plateau of the respective team scores. The gripping and cyclical exchange of score and momentum, translates into a compelling non-verbal account of the game. I believe of all our games, the most exciting ones would also have the most compelling visual representations. Interesting subset trends could also be revealed in a detailed account of a data set containing games scores within a set, within match.
Obviously, the Associates cannot record all this data during game play and have very pressing schedules. For those intrigued by this account, please email the GRC to apply to the position of Court Accountant and Stenographer so that the complexities of gameplay may be more thoroughly understood.


  1. There is some nice visual symmetry going on here. Belying this pretty representation of the thies/swan v. hoy/luther game I see a simple mathematical relationship. This being, every time the swan/thies line has a slope of 0, the hoy/luther line must have a slope of 1. The result being the nice zig zag pattern. Very nice dal, I hope to see more of this quantitative/aesthetic analysis of the game.

  2. i tried to post a comment but my internet is wonky. the main problem i see is that there appear to be violations of the relationship which pat pointed out. you may want to re-draw your graph.