Influence of Set Duration on Time Variables in Paddle Tennis Matches

Diego Muñoz

Alejandro García Fernández

Francisco Javier Grijota Pérez

Jesús Díaz García

Ignacio Bartolome Sánchez

Jesús Muñoz Jiménez

*Corresponding author: Diego Muñoz Marín diegomun@unex.es

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Muñoz Marín, D., García Fernández, A., Grijota Pérez, F. J., Díaz García, J., Sánchez, I. B., & Muñoz Jiménez, J. (2016). Influence of Set Duration on Time Variables in Paddle Tennis Matches. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 123, 69-75. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2016/1).123.08

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to analyze play time (PT) and break time (BT) in first division paddle tennis matches and the relationship between them as well as the set duration contextual variable. To do this we examined 701 points in semifinals and finals in men’s top flight paddle tennis events on the Extremadura circuit in 2014. The analysis of the time variables confirms that paddle tennis is a sport in which BT predominates over PT. Total in-play time was 45.92% of total time; average PT per point was 12.70 seconds and the average BT per point was 14.95 seconds. Significant relationships (p<0.05) were found between the break time and number of the game in the set variables. To conclude, it was found that BT is more influenced by the duration of the set than PT as it increases the longer the set goes on.

Keywords: Contextual Variables, Paddle Tennis, Performance Analysis.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: March 3, 2015

Accepted: August 11. 2015

Published: January 1, 2016