Download e-book for kindle: Analyzing Wimbledon: The Power of Statistics by Franc Klaassen

By Franc Klaassen

ISBN-10: 0199355959

ISBN-13: 9780199355952

The sport of tennis increases many questions which are of curiosity to a statistician. Is it real that commencing to serve in a collection supplies a bonus? Are new balls a bonus? Is the 7th online game in a collection relatively vital? Are most sensible avid gamers extra sturdy than different gamers? Do actual champions win the massive issues? those and lots of different questions are formulated as "hypotheses" and verified statistically.

Analyzing Wimbledon additionally discusses how the end result of a fit might be anticipated (even whereas the fit is in progress), which issues are very important and which aren't, tips to decide on an optimum provider method, and no matter if "winning temper" really exists in tennis. geared toward readers with a few wisdom of arithmetic and records, the e-book makes use of tennis (Wimbledon particularly) as a car to demonstrate the ability and wonder of statistical reasoning.

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At 5-5 Federer was two breakpoints down. Commentators were quick to point out that Federer’s disappointment of missing the earlier chances had affected the momentum in Nadal’s favor. Whether the commentators were right or wrong will be considered in Chapter 12, where we ask the general question of whether missed breakpoint(s) in one game lead to a larger probability of being broken in the next (hypothesis 22). 1%, but he managed to save the breakpoints. Both players continued to hold service until 7-7.

Kim Clijsters won the US Open in 2005. The next three years she did not participate, but in 2009 she received a wildcard and, only one month after her return to the professional tour, she won again, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the final. In 2010, Clijsters (seeded 2) met Williams (seeded 3) in the semi-final, and defeated her in a memorable three-set match: 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Prob. 7%) Clijsters, the defending champion, was the favorite at the beginning of the match. 732 (Williams). 653 as the initial winning probability for Clijsters.

The tiebreak The tiebreak, invented by James Van Alen in 1965, was introduced at Wimbledon in 1971 following the 1969 first-round match between Pancho Gonzales and Charlie Pasarell, which lasted five hours and twelve minutes and took two days to complete. At the time there were no chairs on court enabling the players to rest when changing ends; these were only introduced six years later, in 1975. Gonzales, then forty-one years old, survived seven matchpoints and won 2224, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. The tiebreak was introduced to avoid such long matches.

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