Improving tennis player on-court movement

When technology meets tennis … novel ways to assess and improve the movement performance of elite tennis players


With the exception of the serve, every shot in the sport of tennis requires players to move right, left, forward and/or backward. They often do so, at high accelerations and for varying durations.

Until recently however, the precise nature of these demands has been poorly quantified and even then they’ve been limited in generalisability. Naturally enough, this has then limited the ability of research to assist practitioners improve movement performance.

To address this gap, UWA will partner with Tennis Australia to develop new approaches to movement analysis in tennis. The group will also look to evaluate different analytical methods and possible training interventions to improve aspects of the on-court movement performance of elite players.

The successful applicant will be expected to have a passion for strength and conditioning, and a willingness to approach problems from a technical point of view but with an applied outcome in mind.


How to apply

Interested in becoming part of this project? Complete the following steps to submit your expression of interest:

Step 1 - Check criteria

General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.

Requirements specific to this project:

  • Proven knowledge of sport and experience in strength and conditioning (essential)
  • Experience with different sensor technologies and proficiency in languages like python or R (preferred)

Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader

Step 3 - Lodge application

After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an application. Different application procedures apply to domestic and international students.


Scholarship specific to this project
  • A PhD scholarship valued at $30,000 per annum is available.
Domestic students

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