16 Oct 2008

ITF Technical Centre "Open Lab" projects 2009/10


ITF Technical Centre is the world’s leading tennis-specific research centre. Since its establishment in 1997, the profile of tennis science and technology has been raised through the encouragement of research in the areas of tennis equipment and facilities, and the way in which players are affected by development in these areas.

The ITF is fully committed to continuing its support of such research and believes that technology can, and must, play an important role in the future development, growth and health of tennis. The ITF Technical Centre is therefore inviting outstanding candidates to take part in its ‘Open Lab’ programme. The Open Lab programme provides UK-based science and engineering students with the opportunity to use the advanced research facilities at the Technical Centre to carry out final-year projects related to tennis science.

Suggested projects are listed in the pdf below, although this is not an exhaustive list and other projects may be acceptable. Prospective students can see details of other activity in the ITF Technical Centre at http://www.itftennis.com/technical. Training will be provided for the equipment associated with each project. Reports for each project, and any future published articles, must contain anonymised results, i.e. no brand names shall be quoted for tested equipment. Each project has been designed to be completed within the normal time-frame available to final-year undergraduate students. Applications from postgraduate students are welcome, for whom the projects described below may be modified (by prior agreement).

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a letter of recommendation from their university, including predicted grade, and a covering letter explaining their choice(s) of project title to Jamie Capel-Davies, Senior Project Technologist, at:



Science & Technical Department
International Tennis Federation
Bank Lane
SW15 5XZ
United Kingdom