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Best tennis wearables and trackers for a better technique

Grab your racquet and some top tennis monitoring kit

Whether you're hitting the courts in the afterglow of Wimbledon or you're a seasoned server, there's plenty of tennis tech out there for you.

Players can tap already use their smartwatch or fitness tracker to gather the very basics of their activity, but those who want to go a little bit further can use dedicated tennis wearables to really improve their game - whether it's having their forehand critiqued in the post-match or seeing real-time data regarding the pace and accuracy of their strokes.

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Whatever your level, we've rounded up the top tennis tech below for your perusal. So put down the strawberries and cream, grab your racquet and get cracking.

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Pivot

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

Pivot from startup TuringSense combines a whopping 14 sensors in the top of the range pack with the coaching and monitoring system having been developed in partnership with Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri.

The setup promises to improve a player's game by recording 360-degree motion, while also preventing injuries and providing statistics on a wide range of performance metrics, including footwork, body position, elbow bend, knee bend and more.

You don't need a camera, there's a hub that records all the biometric data each sensor sends. Up to 1,000 data samples per second are sent from the accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, and you can watch back the action and see the analysis on the companion app.

From $279, turingsense.com

Babolat Play

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

After offering a smarter version of its Play Pure Drive, Babolat has three versions of connected racquets for you to choose from. And while these differ depending on the profile of the racquet, the Pure Drive, Pure Drive Lite and Aero all offer the same smarts.

Thanks to the 6-axis sensor packed inside, you're able to receive info on play time, forehand/backhand recognition, serves, smashes, volleys, topspin, longest rally, ball serve speed, the impact location and total shots.

The stats are all ported to the tethered Android or iOS device, with the data then presented on your smartphone screen via a series of colourful, illustrative graphs.

From $199.99, babolatplay.com

Babolat Pop

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

Babolat has also partnered up with fellow sports sensor experts PIQ to deliver a smart wristband that will let players monitor a host of useful data. That includes groundstrokes, serves, topspin, volleys, rate and power. It can even record how many sets you've made it through and record you longest rally.

The neoprene wristband uses a 9 axis sensor to track strokes and has enough storage for 10 hours of tennis. The companion app (iPhone and Android) will let you set challenges against your friends and view all of your stats from the session.

$68.95, babolatplay.com | Amazon

Zepp Tennis Kit

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

If you can't afford a top-of-the-line Babolat racquets, use your own and attach this similarly-styled Bluetooth sensor to the end of it. The Zepp is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and measures a whole bunch of data, including power, sweet spot, shot type, spin and time on court. One especially neat feature is the way it displays a three dimensional real-time analysis of your stroke that can be viewed from various angles.

The Zepp is charged via USB and runs for up to eight hours. And that's longer than any tennis match in history, bar John Isner and Nicolas Mahut's marathon 11 hour Wimbledon summit back in 2010. For the record, Zepp also produce similar sensor packages for golfers, footballers and baseball players.

$99.99, zepp.com | Amazon

Pulse Play

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

A successfully crowdfunded smartwatch designed for tennis players, the Pulse Play will keep tabs on your game score, as well as put you in touch with other players. Designed by seasoned double grand slam champ Andy Ram, you can keep score mid-game with the touch of a button, and most impressively, get scores announced using the voice of Homer Simpson or Elvis Presley.

Don't be confused by the name, however; the Pulse Play has nothing to do with your heart rate, which coincidentally would be a great feature in a tennis watch.

Other features include being able to hook up with similarly rated tennis players in your local area, though we assume that's done via a companion app rather than the band itself – like some kind of doubles partner homing beacon.

$129, PulsePlay

PlaySight

Best tennis trackers for a better technique

This ingenious tennis coaching system is designed for clubs – unless, of course, you have your own private court. PlaySight is an interactive 'after action review system' that uses four automated cameras to provide feedback footage of a player's technique.

The system tracks stroke types, serve speed, accuracy, distance covered, even the number of unforced errors, and these stats are then uploaded to the PlaySight portal for private perusal on any smartphone or desktop computer.

There are currently just two PlaySight courts in the UK (London's Queens Club and Stoke Park County Club) and the United States Tennis Association is set to equip all 102 tennis courts in the USTA National Campus with the smart court tech.

Session prices vary, playsight.com


13 comments

  • tref says:

    Babolat is not even close to being the oldest manufacturer of tennis racquets. They were mostly known for their strings until they started making racquets in the 1990's.

  • Evelyn_bat360 says:

    Can Sony smart sensor go on babolat racquets because you didn't mention it ????

    • cybertennis10 says:

      yes, it can go on all rackets

      • winnerneverquit says:

        there is no mount available for babolats?

  • Evelyn_bat360 says:

    can you put the Sony smart sensor at a babolat tennis racket?? You didn't mention it 

  • tennislover says:

    There is also the QLIPP tennis sensor!

  • tenniscoach says:

    Tennis Sense by Proprio Labs is amazing, and it's free!

  • lhesnard says:

    Why is the Qlipp tennis sensor not featured? Better price point than all of these devices and making waves in the USA these days.....

  • maslacak says:

    Bringing tennis to the information age through recordable statistics and identifiable metrics seems to be the next frontier in the sport. Luckily, technology has progressed over the past decade and has become accessible not only to professional players, but also to the rest of us aspiring tennis players and hobbyists.

    There are a few other tennis trackers such as the Qlipp and Scoreboard Pro that also offer tracking. Another good overview can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1OqbDwz

  • listenerslikeu says:

    Can any of these be effectively used with racquetball? or are there other devices that will work with racquetball?

  • helenstubbs says:

    As a non technology person, would any of these tennis trackers be useable with a laptop to diagnose results please?

  • Andre2110 says:

    Analysis very simplified, it is necessary to consider the software and results obtained. And a case study would be ideal for a review!

  • RomarioMuller says:

    Badminton Player here: Does anything similar exist for us?

    And: Why is it that Garmin Watches don't have every possible sports from Golf to Yoga but NO Tennis, Squash or Badminton Apps? 

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