BENGALURU: Two sports tech startups tested their products at the Bengaluru Open, the week-long signature event on the ATP Challenger Tour the city hosted, that saw some of the finest stars play world-class tennis, last week.

SportsKPI and Gamatics, both Bengaluru-based, got the opportunity to showcase their innovation. SportsKPI is a sport analytics and tech firm that help teams improve their performance while Gamatics provides tech platform for players to demonstrate their abilities in a structured format and seek support from sponsors, a press release said.

“With the help of technology, the players gathered more information about their performance and were able to record it in a structured format,” event organizing committee chairman Priyank Kharge, also a former IT minister, said. This is a step in the right direction towards making sports scenario in Bengaluru technically sound, he added.

Gamatics India co-founder Shantala Bhat said her startup provides the technology platform for athletes ( across 40+ sports) to showcase their achievements in a structured way and seek sponsorship based on their performance.

Gamatics had conducted STEPP-Karnataka in association with NSRCEL-IIM Bangalore to identify top athletes, coaches, schools and training clubs who are promoting sports at grassroot level, she said.

SportsKPI chief executive Naveen Ningaiah said his team interacted with international coaches and they mentioned analytics in tennis will be the future and many top players will start leveraging it. We analyzed two matches of Prajesh and Saketh and could find some patterns and also how they losing points. In the Prajnesh game against Fanselow, 73 % of his Serve +1 Stroke were from Forehand. In Saketh game which he lost to Thomas Fabbiano, 75 % of his return error was from Backhand out of which 66% are from adcourt.

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“We also tested the GPS (wearable device) on tennis players during practice session. GPS in sports helps us to understand the fitness levels and workload on a player body which is very critical to be tracked to reduce injuries,” Ningaiah said.

Bengaluru Open, one of the biggest events in the ATP Challenger circuit, featured Indian tennis star Leander Paes, top-ranking home ground players such as Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Sumit Nagal and several others in action.



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