The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today
announced that KITRIS KIT is the first Player Analysis
Technology (PAT) to gain ITF Approval. This allows
KITRIS KIT to be used in competitions played under the
2014 ITF Rules of Tennis from January.
Player Analysis Technology is any equipment that collects, stores,
transmits, analyses or communicates information on
player performance, and may be a stand-alone device or
incorporated within existing equipment. This can include
integrated equipment, such as a player’s racket or
shoes, or remote equipment such as video recording
The Rules of Tennis were changed by the ITF Annual
General Meeting in July 2013 to allow the use of Player
Analysis Technology during competition. The new Rule No.
31 requires all equipment defined as PAT to be approved
by the ITF prior to their use.
The data collected by Player Analysis Technology constitutes coaching
information under the Rules of Tennis, and therefore the
use of such technology during play is restricted to
being in accordance with the existing Coaching rule.
Therefore a player may not have access to data collected
by Player Analysis Technology during play, except when
play is suspended and coaching is permitted.
Players and officials can view and download a
certificate for each ITF Approved product from the ITF
http://www.itftennis.com/technical/player-analysis/approved-products.aspx. The certificate contains a picture of the product, an
explanation of how it is operated, and a summary of its
status during times when coaching is and is not
KITRIS KIT is a wrist-worn device for recording the
match score and additional information on how each point
was won or lost, such as a forehand winner. The data
collected by the device is downloaded to a computer
after the match and viewed online.
Christian Züger, CEO of KITRIS AG, said:”As a
start-up company in the field of PAT tennis, we have
always focused our product development and project
schedule on the ITF Approval Process. Obtaining ITF
Approval will greatly help us to take the final step
with our product towards a successful market entry in
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The ITF
has always carried out its responsibility to control the
nature of the game through an understanding of
equipment, while at the same time embracing
technological developments and supporting innovation.
This new rule will allow players to benefit from new
analysis techniques in developing their games but
maintain the integrity of our sport.”