Thousands of points are played at the Australian Open every day. Some matter more than the others, for players and for fans. Now AI tells them which ones.
Not all points are created equal. Some are familiar, some are breakthroughs. There are patterns of play, strengths and weaknesses in all. Keeping up with all of these historically meant human eyes pouring through hours and hours of footage, spending more time finding than analysing. Artificial intelligence can do more of both, so players and coaches can focus on strategising and winning, while broadcasters can on picking and serving.
If there's one thing the past year has taught us, it's that the human spirit of endurance cannot be curtailed. Nowhere is this spirit more evident than in sports. At Australian Open 21, this spirit will soar as champions and contenders seek their next victory and their next breakthrough. But with lesser time on practice court, players need another path to an advantage.
Infosys AI Videos delivers the edge right within the AO Players App, sensing the patterns that separate make or break in instant video analysis. AI Videos provides players and coaches with the tools they need to dissect their games and their opponents. With rich statistical filters, video clips are generated by stats, with cognitive views for rally analysis and stroke summaries.
While AI serves an advantage for players, it also serves slices of glory for fans. AI Shot of the Day picks one point from thousands played each day at the Australian Open, ranking match moments using a proprietary AI score factoring stroke difficulty, point cruciality, crowd engagement, and more. Teaching AI tennis, from precision to perfection to passion are the teams from Infosys and Tennis Australia, who use applied AI and create a machine with a mind for tennis.
The AI tool allows precise player and opponent assessment, be it the technique behind winning backhand drop shots or handling volley shots in long rallies. Players can find clips by rallies, strokes and statistical filters, right after a match is completed on court. These clips can be saved and assembled to find areas of opportunity on the road to championship point. If there s a playlist for greatness, this is it.
In the dedicated AO player and coach app, the AI Video Analysis feature brings new intelligence to the hands of all players and their teams, regardless of rank. With many players full teams unable to attend the tournament, this feature allows coaches to provide guidance remotely. They can tag clips by areas of focus, add strategy notes and share it with players within the app, so even while they re away, victory is within reach
For the AO media team, AI Shot of the Day uses machine learning to rapidly identify match highlights, using multiple data points that are objective (such as fastest serve) and subjective (player emotion, crowd reaction and cruciality of the shot in context to the match). Each of the 14 days of play are made richer by rapidly spotting and sharing the points of glory, delivered by AI.
From love-all to match point, Infosys AI has an eye on every court, picking the shots fans will love to look at and relook. From crucial to elegant to exciting, the best moments are chosen using a proprietary AI score that ranks points on everything from holding serves to holding nerves, from difficult to dramatic. So when a broadcast editor picks a match, it s all ready to serve.
It s been a tough year for tennis, and AO 21 marks a new beginning. In some ways, it s the return to tennis as we know it, but also a new kind of tennis. It s made of moments and experiences beyond game, set and match.
These moments, these experiences, represent our desire to keep going even when times are tough. When the old ways don t work, we find new ways. New normals that become mainstays with the next way to play, watch and engage. From immersion to passion, from experience to brilliance, #NextNeverStops.