The Science of Tennis

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This interactive resource is designed to facilitate the understanding of tennis equipment and how it affects the game. The science is appropriate for students aged 14-16 and post-16 students but is particularly relevant to teachers of sports science. The modules are: Tennis shoes; Tennis rackets; Tennis balls; Courts and surfaces and a sports simulator.

  • Tennis shoes: deals with force, pressure, friction and moments.
  • Tennis rackets: looks at design and construction, kinetic energy and power, vibrations, forces and spin and interactive racket customisation tools.
  • Tennis balls: looks at design and construction, forces and aerodynamics, spin and vector components for bouncing balls.
  • Courts and surfaces: looks at force measurement in terms of design for cushioning and friction in terms of shoe traction.

This resource was compiled by Cooke Associates on behalf of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

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