French racket company, Babolat, has created an interactive tennis racket that has a high-tech sensor embedded in the handle. The Play & Connect racket looks and feels like any other racket, but it can allow the player to download instant stats and data over a wireless connection. Players can view their performance on their computer, tablet, or smartphone.
The Babolat Play & Connect racket aims to improve the player’s game with information including the different strokes they’ve played, the position of the ball when it hits the racket, service speed, and power. The data can also be measured against other players and shared with coaches.
A prototype of the racket was recently unveiled at the French Open in Paris. Top tennis players including Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kim Clijsters, and Li Na tested the racket where live game stats were streamed on the big screen for the audience.
Watch the video below to watch Nadal and Tsonga demonstrate the prototype Play & Connect racket.