Roland-Garros Tournament

Analysis applied to historical data to identify the key outcome factors, giving fans deeper perspective

Published on 20-Nov-2013

"The excitement of the tennis fan experience is important to us, whether the fans are in the stands or watching from home, and we want to give them a dynamic live experience." - Gilbert Ysern, FFT & Roland-Garros General Manager

Customer:
Roland-Garros Tournament

Industry:
Media & Entertainment

Deployment country:
France

Solution:
Automation, BA - Business Analytics, BA - Predictive Analytics, BA - Risk Analytics, Big Data, Big Data & Analytics: Customers, Business Integration, Cloud Computing, Express, Service Oriented Architecture

Overview

The Roland-Garros tournament, often referred to as the French Open, is a major tennis tournament held every spring at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. It is the second in a string of four international tennis tournaments known collectively as the Grand Slam. The others are the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. Among them, the French Open is the only contest held on clay courts, which tends to change the dynamics of the game and create an exciting experience for tennis fans. The tournament is coordinated, managed and promoted by the French Tennis Federation.

Business need:
The Roland-Garros Tennis Tournament attracts the attention of millions of tennis fans worldwide, not only on television but increasingly through the website. These fans demand real-time scores, statistics and videos online and on their mobile devices.

Solution:
The French Open harnesses the numbers using advanced statistics, analyzing historical and live game data to enable a deeper understanding of the probabilities behind every point, game, set and match.

Benefits:
The Roland-Garros tournament anticipates to reach 76 percent average accuracy in predicting the importance of key factors in a match, increased courtside attendance and increased scalability to accommodate peak website traffic.

Case Study

The Roland-Garros tournament, often referred to as the French Open, is a major tennis tournament held every spring at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. It is the second in a string of four international tennis tournaments known collectively as the Grand Slam. The others are the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. Among them, the French Open is the only contest held on clay courts, which tends to change the dynamics of the game and create an exciting experience for tennis fans. The tournament is coordinated, managed and promoted by the French Tennis Federation.

The Opportunity
The Roland-Garros Tennis Tournament attracts the attention of millions of tennis fans worldwide, not only on television but increasingly through the website. These fans demand real-time scores, statistics and videos online and on their mobile devices. To satisfy their expectations, the tournament organizer strives to deliver a dynamic live experience that engages fans — whether they’re watching on television, on their mobile devices or in the stands.

What Makes It Smarter
Beyond the purely physical contest of skill and endurance, every tennis match comes down to numbers. The French Open harnesses the numbers using advanced statistics, analyzing historical and live game data to enable a deeper understanding of the probabilities behind every point, game, set and match. The solution analyzes 39 million data points from seven years of tournaments, examining player statistics and matchups to spot patterns of play. With sophisticated analysis of wins and losses, strengths and weakness, and style and strategy on the tournament website, the solution gives fans a privileged view into the key factors that are likely to determine the outcome of a match.

For example, a player might have the highest probability of winning if she focuses on winning more than 52 percent of all first-serve return points, winning 46 percent of points from three- to eight-shot rallies and maintaining an aggressiveness ratio of 3:1. Fans can watch as the player’s performance is tracked against these key factors in near-real time, with live data captured by official handheld score-keeping devices and radar guns. To support the powerful analysis tool under increasing website traffic, the French Open uses a scalable cloud infrastructure, in which dynamic resource allocation can accommodate peak volume.

Real Business Results
• Anticipated to reach 76 percent average accuracy in predicting the importance of key factors in a match
• Expected to broaden courtside attendance, television viewership and web traffic during the annual tennis tournament
• Increased scalability to accommodate peak website traffic of 100x normal volumes while keeping operational costs low

For more information
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To learn more about Roland-Garros Tournament, visit
www.rolandgarros.com.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Power 550 Express, Power 740 Express, Power 750, Storage: DS4800, Storage: XIV, System x: System x3650 M3

Software:
Rational Policy Tester Privacy Edition, DB2 Enterprise 9, SPSS Modeler

Service:
GTS ITS BCRS Infrastructure Recovery Services, Software Services for Cloud

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