A laptop and tablet for post-match analysis and some audio gear for time at training (and chilling out), this is Garbiñe's Grover tech.
How is technology changing tennis?
Tennis is a chess match, there are only two players and you need to find solutions and battle through the exhaustion, the nerves, and being out there by yourself to ultimately put one last shot past your opponent in the corner. Tennis and sports in general are changing so much: technology just allows you to know more. Tennis is 1 on 1, so if you don’t use it, then your opponents who do have the advantage.
So technology is vital for analysis?
Exactly. I use my laptop a lot to go back to previous matches and see what went wrong, what I could have done better, so that I can then apply that into my next game.
How do you prepare before a big match?
I’m usually pretty nervous before competitions, so I like to seek out the silence, put headphones on, and listen to music before a game to avoid nerves. I tend to find a quiet corner away from everyone to focus on the match ahead. I also use speakers to listen to music while I train, and programming my workouts for timing, building reaction speed, and for footwork.
What’s a technical part of tennis that’s often overlooked?
The ball toss when serving. It’s the most important part of the serve—it needs to be as straight and high as possible. So actually, a drone acts as a great way to see this action from above and help to improve this.
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