13 January 2012
Expert comment on the technology of tennis
RMIT University Professor Franz Fuss is available for expert comment on the technology of tennis.
Professor Fuss is Director of the SportzEdge research program in RMIT's Platform Technologies Research Institute.
His expertise includes:
- tennis racquet technology
- racquet "sweet spots"
- string dampers
- balls and ball friction
- playing surfaces
- aerodynamics of loose sportswear
Professor Fuss is the editor-in-chief of Sports Technology, the world's leading sports technology journal.
His research related to sporting equipment focuses on design, testing and innovation, optimisation, energy return and transfer, safety, injury prevention, and the development of novel testing methods.
Professor Fuss' recent paper Where is the centre of percussion in accelerated handheld implements? (The Impact of Technology on Sport IV, 2011) examined a potential "sweet spot" on a tennis racquet.
The centre of percussion (CP) - a spot on the racquet where inertial and impact forces cancel each other, reducing shock force to zero - is one of the three key "sweet spots" on a tennis racquet. The other "sweet spots" are the bounce, or power, point (which produces the most power for least effort) and node point (which results in the least vibration).
Simulation and analysis showed the CP is present when a racquet is stationary but does not exist once a racquet is in motion. The findings have implications for players and racquet manufacturers.
Professor Fuss is available for interview.
For interviews: Professor Franz Fuss, (03) 9925 6123 or 0448 738 652.
For general media enquiries: RMIT University, Marketing and Communications, Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.