In 2009, Tennis Australia officially launched its Sport Science research program. The program makes available research grants for investigations designed to improve our understanding of the priority research areas.
All research and development initiatives are undertaken with a clear understanding of the practical benefits to tennis. Key stakeholders are important for this objective and a Sport Science advisory group represents a vehicle for a nationally coordinated approach to scientific research in Australian tennis.
Tennis Australia, in consultation with key stakeholders identify priority research areas. Further advice is garnered from specialist sport science experts. The genesis of the research priorities typically lie in athlete injury prevention or player/coach performance enhancement. Underpinning the successful integration of science into Tennis Australia are the strong collaborative relationships between administrators, athletes, scientists and coaches.
Research support and grant applications forms and guidelines
Current TA supported or commissioned research projects
Development and validation of the Tennis Australian Psychological Profile: University of Queensland
Lumbar loading during the tennis serve in elite adolescent players: Curtin University
Improving determinants of Australian sports talent identification and development. A multi-disciplinary approach: Griffith University
Examining the barriers and facilitators of the junior to senior transition experience in Australian tennis. An in-depth analysis of the journey towards a professional tennis career: Victoria University
An examination of the Australian elite sport policies in tennis: Bond University
Children are not little adults! The influence of task and equipment scaling for children learning motor skills: Victoria University
What a coach can see and an athlete can feel: Victoria University
Monitoring Training Load in an Elite Junior Tennis Environment; the effects of workload, court surface, detraining and prediction of success: Charles Sturt University
The effects of physical maturity and equipment on kinematic performance in the elite female tennis serve: University of Western Australia
Effects of grass and clay court surfaces on technical responses, players loads, and post-session recovery; preparation for Wimbledon and London Olympics 2012: AIS
A Multi-Modal Data Analytics Approach to Enhance Decision Making in High Performance Tennis: AIS and Victoria University