Using Statistics in Coaching
Part 1

Andy Durham

What didn't Mickey Mantle understand about baseball?

Over the last 70 years, statistics have exploded in sports at all levels--in high school, in college and especially in professional sports. Where would baseball, the NFL, all the other sports leagues, and the pro golf tours be without all the data they collect?

In tennis we have Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Andy Murray and many WTA players paying companies like Tennis Analytics, Golden Set Analytics, or Craig O'Shannessy, and others to study both their own and their opponent's statistics.

Data collection can be important for every level of athlete no matter what sport. As Mickey Mantle once said about baseball when he began to learn about statistics: "It's unbelievable how much you don't know about a game you've played all your life."

The Same Page

Parents, players and coaches can all benefit if statistics put them all on the same page. Statistics should not dominate the conversation, but can quantify it. This way the whole team has solid data to help make decisions.

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Andy Durham is the founder of, an app allowing parents, players and coaches an easy system to chart and get access to vital statistics. He is a member of the USPTA, PTR and has been teaching for 48 years, many of his students rising to college, WTA and ATP levels. Currently he is the Director of Tennis at the Cindy Hummel Tennis Center in Auburndale, Florida. You can reach Andy at

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