ITF AND SPORTRADAR: A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP

What started as a unique project in 2012 has now developed into a strong partnership in the world of tennis. In late 2015, Sportradar and the International Tennis Federation agreed to extend their successful partnership for five more years, extending the collaboration until 2021. Sportradar will continue as the ITF’s official data rights partner for the ITF Pro Circuit, and Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and will remain the preferred streaming partner for a range of ITF Pro Circuit events.

Since the start of the partnership, Sportradar has covered up to 60,000 tennis matches each year through its innovative umpire technology, which communicates the score of a match to the ITF data base and clients, in real-time. Since we launched the ITF Pro Circuit live web scoreboard in 2013, the Pro Circuit website has increased its number of visitor sessions by over 40 per cent, with more than 17 million visits recorded in 2015.

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OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

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We have developed a unique data collection system that is compliant with the ITF regulations and created a protected database which seamlessly integrates player and fixture-related data. 

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Set up, management & distribution of mobile collection devices plus training program for chair umpires ensuring smooth data collection. 

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We set up and integrated the complete technical and human infrastructure, including a 24/7 full time support team, to cover live tennis matches from around the world. 

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Within four months of the live data coverage system roll out, 97% of ITF Pro Circuit matches were using our Umpire Technology. 

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Within one year, Sportradar had covered over 50,000 matches and produced more than 2,500 live streams, including the launch of an online streaming platform. 

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Together with the ITF, we launched the new Live Web Scoreboard, which we followed up with the ITF Pro Circuit mobile app, which was offered on both the iOS and Android platform. 

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Sportradar and the ITF will continue to work on new and innovative products and services to make sure tennis fans worldwide can connect with tennis easily and in engaging ways, even if they can’t make it to the court. For example, a new online media platform which we will be rolling out soon will combine enhanced live data and more streaming feeds, opening up new commercial opportunities for both the ITF and its stakeholders.

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Impressions

ITF Live Scoreboard

The live scoreboard improves fans engagement and insight into the ITF Pro Circuit matches they care about through the delivery of simultaneous live point-by-point score updates across all matches in play. The scoreboard has also been redesigned to make it more intuitive to use and easier to interpret. Fans can also follow their favourite Pro Circuit players and tournaments while on the move via their smartphone or on their tablet (using a web browser).

All matches are arranged in Order of Play format and match courts, match status and start times are all set out for users. Previous meetings between players can also be accessed in the head-to-head tab, while extra player information is also available to add context and insight.

Building on the previous version of the scoreboard, Sportradar and the ITF have also integrated on-court events (i.e. warm-up, second serve, break point, medical time-out), deeper match statistics, point-by-point tracking for the game being contested and a momentum indicator throughout the match.

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ITF Pro Circuit Mobile App

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Together with the ITF, Sportradar developed a state-of-the-art mobile app which shows information of almost all ITF Pro Circuit matches arount the world, in real-time.

The ITF Pro Circuit Mobile App offers point-by-point score updates straight from the umpire’s chair at more than 1,200 Pro Circuit tournaments per year and users will be able to receive notifications about each match such as start times, set scores and final scores. Furthermore, the app provides a full list of tournaments taking place each week, the daily order of play for each tournament, detailed match statistics, in-play updates of key match moments and player head-to-head records and biographies.

You can download the app in the App Store and Google Play Store

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