# Tennis Stats- been bugging me for a while...

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by roundiesee, Oct 20, 2007.

1. ### roundieseeHall of Fame

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Would appreciate some views concerning tennis stats we always see on TV re breakpoint conversion.
Say the score is 30-30 on your opponent's serve, and you then win the next point to go 30-40 up. You then win again and therefore broke your opponent's serve. So you had one breakpoint and converted it, and the breakpoint conversion rate is 100% (1 of 1).
Now say you played extremely well 2 games later on his serve again, and go up 0-40 (3 breakpoints) and then converted on the fisrt one. I would say that was even better compared to your opponent's previous service game because you broke him to love. HOWEVER, the stats would then show you converted 1 of 3 breakpoints, making your conversion rate now 33%. So even though you played a much better game to break at love, your breakpoint conversion percentage goes down.
This IMO is misleading. Can anyone comment, and if I'm wrong on this please do correct.
Thanks.

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If my memory serves me right, break point percentages are calculated using the following formula:

Number of break points converted
----------------------------------------------- * 100 %
Number of break points actually played out

I don't believe the TV people are counting the break points that are not played (such as the love-40 situation you are describing).

3. ### AndresG.O.A.T.

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If you break your opponent in your first BP (that is 0-40), the other two BP don't count. They don't count the BPs that are not played.

If you break at 30, your BP conversion rate is 1/1. If you break at love the next game, is 2/2, not 2/4

4. ### roundieseeHall of Fame

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OK, thanks Advocate and Andres, you've cleared my mind. Cheers!