Tennis Tooltips

They say little things can make a big difference. One little thing that was missing from the tennis courts map was the tooltip, with details about each tennis court facility. People would often ask “What are these red dots on the map? The green bubbles must be the tennis courts in the list, but what are these red dots?”

Well, guess what – the red dots are tennis courts, too. And now you can click on them to see a tooltip with the court’s info – private or public (paid or free), lights for night play or not lighted, if it’s indoor or outdoor, number of courts, name and address.

If you need more info, like phone number or would like to email the link to this court to someone, the court’s name hyperlink will take you to it’s profile page. Where available, you can also see the court’s “street view” and get an idea of the location’s parking and driving situation. “Street view” is one of my favorite features, especially if I’m going somewhere for the first time.

1) Click on red dot on map

2) Click on court name link to go to it’s profile page

tooltip for red dot on tennis map

red dots and tooltips

Of course, clicking on the green bubbles does the same thing, it shows a tooltip.

1) Click on the green bubble on map

2) Click on court name link, if you need more info

tooltips on tennis map

tooltips on tennis map

We use the green bubbles to reference the courts in the list on the left. And because there’s only room for 10 listings, we select only the ones in the center of the map. If you’d drag the map, the courts in the center would change, and the list on the left would refresh. Just drag the map to search for courts. And if you clicked on the court name link in the tooltip (2), you’d land on the court’s profile page, in this case it’s the South Austin Tennis Center.

South Austin Tennis Center Profile Page

South Austin Tennis Center Profile Page

Top 10 Cities on Tennis Round in 2010

Before we launched Tennis Round we wondered if we should roll it out in one particular city or state, before we introduced it to other cities.

Naturally, we did a bunch of research about which state and which city are the most active tennis places. The strongest candidates were Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Atlanta and New York and the biggest cities in those states. In the end we decided to throw it out nationwide and see what happens.

Four months into it, we have some basic stats to share. Turns out, there’s more to tennis than overall tennis participation per capita, namely – technology. That is – where the most techy tennis players live.

You will notice that the top 4 cities are also the cities that happen to be some of the most wired places in the country, where people look at a screen for most of the day.

I’m surprised Boston didn’t make the cut, maybe they’re not looking for a tennis partner when they’re snowed under. I expected more from Miami, as I’d love to hit when I go on vacation, or if I move there (again). But after all, if they were looking at a computer as much as people do in Seattle or San Francisco, they’d have a website for the tennis ladder at the Flamingo Park Tennis Center in South Beach instead of a whiteboard with badges, and I would’ve never thought of building Tennis Round in the first place. They’re probably just too busy having a good time.

Here are the top 10 cities with the most Tennis Round members. They represent 174 players (29% of the 602 total).

City, State Members
San Francisco, CA 51
Seattle, WA 28
Austin, TX 17
New York, NY 15
Houston, TX 13
Los Angeles, CA 12
Oakland, CA 11
New Orleans, LA 10
Tucson, AZ 9
Chicago, IL 8
Total members in top 10
174 29%

P.S. This data is probably skewed by a thousand different things – seasonality, local presence and buzz, media coverage, etc. But thought it might worth sharing anyway.

map of tennis round registered  users

Geo distribution of Tennis Round's registered users Aug 22 - Dec 24, 2010

How to Use Tennis Round to Find a Tennis Partner

In this brief video clip you will see how to use Tennis Round to find a local tennis partner at your skill level.

The movie also shows how to drag the map to find tennis courts in your area, how to save favorite courts by clicking the star icon, how to invite tennis players, and send or receive messages when scheduling a match. You can filter local players by skill level, gender or proximity.

Click here to watch this cool movie.

Find a Tennis Partner on Tennis Round – Video

This brief tennis partner video tutorial demonstrates how you can find suitable tennis players in your area and invite them to play. If there’s no one in your area yet (which is likely, since it’s a brand new, 3 weeks old site), you can create your free account anyway, so the next person can find you. Tennis Round is an online match making portal for connecting similarly skilled tennis players and finding tennis courts.

When you sign up for your free profile, we will assign you the closest tennis court. This will help us display the closest tennis players for you, and ideally others who use the same court. You can keep that tennis court as your favorite, or change it to a different one, since the closest tennis court might not be the most convenient or in best condition. If you have more than one favorite court, you can add a few by clicking the star icon. To remove a favorite court, just click the star icon again.

The registration process is quick and easy. It gathers only the most relevant information that’s important for any tennis player – name, skill level, tennis court, gender, age. While age is not a huge factor in finding a compatible opponent, we need to make sure the site is not used by minors.

Visit our Tennis Round You Tube channel for more videos. They’re all High Definition and best viewed at 720p HD – you can adjust that setting in the bottom right corner of the You Tube display window from 360p to 720p.

To become findable in Tennis Round and be able to send tennis invitations to other players, sign up today at this registration link.

The US Open of Tweener Shots – Videos

I few days ago I was watching the latest Nike TV commercial, featuring Roger Federer explaining how to hit a shot between the legs, ending with a humorous word of advice from the Maestro: “Don’t try this at home. I am a professional”. Then almost right after that, I watched Federer hit that shot in live TV broadcast of his opening night match against Brian Dabu. Here’s a video of that tweener shot

John McEnroe thought that Federer’s between the legs shot against Djokovic last year was better, though the other commentator liked this years exhibit.

Today Francesca Schiavone hit another tweener shot and then went on to win that rally.

The 2010 US Open might go down in history as the tournament with the most tweener shot. At least the one with the most tweener shots that resulted in winning the rally, and then the whole match. Who knows, perhaps a shot between the legs spooks the other player ever more and forces a final surrender.

Watch the US Open Live online

This is high quality streaming video of live tennis matches from the 2010 US Open in New York: Link for US Open Live.

The tournament starts today, Aug 30, and the opening ceremony is tonight. Watch live tennis games right on your computer!

Of Tennis Scores and High Tech

“Djokovic thrashes Nadal in Paris” … Bummer, I wish I hadn’t seen that headline. But, it’s getting hard to avoid catchy headlines that can spoil a match I haven’t seen yet.

I like how content is syndicated and fed to my Twitter and I can look up tennis schedules, scores and gossip. But the drawback to all that easy of access is that all content is often spread onto a bunch of different Facebook type media and blogs.

It’s happened time and again. I log onto Twitter – and boom – breaking news, match result headline: 6-4, 6-2. I have to remind myself to not touch my laptop or iPhone if I missed a match I still wanna see.