Postgraduate Profiles

David Whiteside

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Thesis: The effects of physical maturity and equipment on kinematic performance in the elite female tennis serve.

This research aims to extend the understanding of how the female serve evolves from junior level through to senior competition. Australia’s elite junior female tennis players will have their service actions tracked longitudinally and, subsequently, evaluated against Australia’s female professionals. This will provide an insight into how the serve of young players currently develops and what areas need to be addressed by coaches in order to ensure they become world-class servers. Current training protocols involving equipment modification will also be evaluated in order to verify their merit in junior tennis environments.

Why my research is important

Developing junior players is a primary aim of Tennis Australia. The organisation prides itself on providing innovative training programs for its athletes based on contemporary scientific principles. In order to preserve these ideals and continue to produce world-class tennis players, the intricate nature of the evolution of the serve must be better understood and current instructional methods must be evaluated.


Mar 2009

Mar 2012