Scientists are testing a new prototype tennis racquet that is stuffed with electronic sensors to track a player’s every slice, spin and smash.
Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among those who put the racquet through its paces.
As the two giants of the court traded shots, their prototype racquets communicated data wirelessly to two display screens and mobile devices.
The CEO of the the French manufacturer Eric Babolat said: “The major difference is that the Babolat racket communicates and records what happens during the game, and then it can give the player feedback. It provides information to players who have almost no feedback. They have plenty of sensations during the game but don’t have factual information except for their scores and their ranking, which is not much to go on and to enjoy the game.”
The data can also be shared with the wider tennis community online for tips and advice. The “Play and Connect” model looks just like a standard racquet and – according to Babolat and its testing team – also feels identical in play.