Investigating the Role of Ipsilateral and Contralateral Eye-Hand Dominance in ATP Qualification and Tennis Serve Performance of Professional Tennis Players
Mavvidis Alexandros1, Ziagkas Efthymios2*, Dallas Georgios3
Citation : Mavvidis Alexandros, Ziagkas Efthymios, Dallas Georgios, Investigating the Role of Ipsilateral and Contralateral Eye-Hand Dominance in ATP Qualification and Tennis Serve Performance of Professional Tennis Players International Journal of Sports and Physical Education 2018 ,4(2) : 37-41.
Eye dominance is the tendency to prefer visual input from one eye to the other. However, the side of the dominant eye and the dominant hand do not always match. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of ipsilateral and contralateral eye-hand dominance in ATP qualification and in tennis serve performance. One hundred professional tennis players participated in this study and divided in two groups. One group was the "best in ranking" players consisting of 50 players, 29 ipsilateral and 21 contralateral eye hand dominance. The second group was "the best in serve" players, consisting of 50 players, 32 ipsilateral and 18 contralateral eye hand dominance. One way Anova analysis has shown no significant differences in accuracy of the first serve between the two groups of ipsilateral and contralateral eye-hand dominance. The present study demonstrates that tennis athletes with contalateral eye hand dominance seems to have a little advantage in serve, but not statistically significant.