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Momentum in tennis: controlling the match


Dietl, Helmut; Nesseler, Cornel (2017). Momentum in tennis: controlling the match. UZH Business Working Paper Series 365, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Although many studies examine if players in sports and especially in tennis bene t from a psychological or physiological boost (momentum) none examine whether the set score as a dependent variable or tournament rounds as independent variables are important determinants when assessing momentum. We empirically investigate whether professional female and male tennis players benefit from momentum. In contrast to previous work, we nd players we find players bene t from momentum as long as they control a match. Once players lose control over a match, they have a signi cantly lower chance to win the next set than their opponent. This loss of control results in what we call anti-momentum.

Abstract

Although many studies examine if players in sports and especially in tennis bene t from a psychological or physiological boost (momentum) none examine whether the set score as a dependent variable or tournament rounds as independent variables are important determinants when assessing momentum. We empirically investigate whether professional female and male tennis players benefit from momentum. In contrast to previous work, we nd players we find players bene t from momentum as long as they control a match. Once players lose control over a match, they have a signi cantly lower chance to win the next set than their opponent. This loss of control results in what we call anti-momentum.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:16 January 2017
Deposited On:11 Sep 2019 12:15
Last Modified:28 Oct 2019 08:29
Series Name:UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number of Pages:26
ISSN:2296-0422
OA Status:Green
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:18185

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