For all matches on the Show Courts, a team of three work overlooking each court. One person acts as the ‘tennis expert’ calling what is happening, the second person acts as ‘data entry’ and enters the information into a computer whilst the third person operates the radar gun and collects the number of strokes in each rally.
Decisions will need to be made on:
- The Serve
- was it a fault?
- where was the serve placed – wide, body or centre line?
- was it an ace?
- was it a service winner?
- The Return
- was it a forehand or backhand return?
- Final stroke
- who won the point – player A or B?
- was it a winning or losing stroke?
- if a losing stroke was it forced or unforced?
- was it a forehand or backhand?
- what sort of stroke was it?
- where was the player(s) when the winning/losing stroke was played?
On the non Show Courts where there are no radar guns present, one person will be responsible for collecting all the above data excluding serve speed and rally count information.
All successful candidates will be trained in all elements of data collection and will be required to be equally proficient in any of the above mentioned roles.
- A sound knowledge of the game of tennis is absolutely essential, together with previous playing experience ideally up to a minimum LTA rating of 3.1. However, consideration will be given to those who do not have the relevant rating, providing they can demonstrate their skill and knowledge through a series of practical assessments. All candidates should also regularly represent their college, university or club.
- Strong attention to detail and sound judgement in complex decision making.
- Ability to maintain a high level of concentration and attention to detail over an extended period of time.
- Excellent communication skills in English, self-confidence and the ability to work effectively under pressure with the minimum of supervision are essential.
Junior Tennis Centres Ltd (JTC), acting on behalf of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (the Club), has responsibility for the recruitment of the Data Collection team and other specialist temporary staff. In addition, JTC are contracted to IBM, the Official Supplier of Information Technology to the All England Club and The Championships, to provide tennis consultancy and services.